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The Highlands of Scotland epitomises all that magnificent wild and natural Britain has to offer. It's the place to head for if you want to immerse yourself in wonderfully contrasting and every changing landscapes and tranquil locations devoid of mass tourism.

This region extends coast to coast taking in dramatic mountains, majestic lochs, heather clad moors and picturesque glens; quiet and unspoilt, nature as it was intended. It's the perfect location for relaxing breaks, activity holidays, family holidays and romantic get-aways.

Full of historic interest at every turn, with ancient monuments and castles that tell the tale of the Highland clans, and there are plenty of great day outs, places of interest and activities to keep visitors fully occupied in this most beautiful part of the British Isles.

The Highlands region consists of distinctive sub-regions each with their own characteristics and unique charms, extending from Fort William and Lochaber in the south to the Northern Highlands.

Fort William is considered by many as the 'outdoor capital' of Scotland, this bustling town situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe has lots of places to eat and drink, interesting shops and is a great base for a wide selection of outdoor activities. The town is handy for trips into the dramatic and brooding Glen Coe and is the 'road to the Isles' which takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The town is also right next to the world famous Ben Nevis (and its glen), Scotland's highest mountain.

To the north is the iconic Loch Ness, some 23 miles long and 700 feet deep; in fact deep enough for a monster. Take a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle a once famous Great Glen fortress; there's a visitor centre both here and on shore at Drumnadrochit.

'The city of the Highlands' Inverness is today a modern thriving city on the banks of the River Ness. It has a rich historical and cultural history with plenty of attractions including a great castle. Close by is Fort George a well preserved 18th century fortification built in the terrible aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, facing out over the Moray Firth.

To the east are the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, dotted with traditional fishing villages, hidden bays and golden sandy beaches. It's a renowned dolphin watching area where you can see them quite close up from the shore if you're lucky.

Further north still is the awe inspiring Northern Highlands, with plenty of castles and ancient monuments, massive lochs, atmospheric mountains and glens and magnificent coastlines that stretch for miles. This is a sparsely populated region where you can really get away from everyday life and connect with nature.

If you're ready to begin your adventure take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Highlands today.

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Grade 5 Star rating
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Rubha Lodge Ref: S17

Spectacularly set close to a secluded shingle beach and private mooring, this detached property has an enviable location and is perfect for those looking for peace and quiet. The property is beautifully furnished and commands stunning sea views over Loch Shieldaig and the sea. Seals and otters are a common sight from the house, which is guaranteed to keep the whole family fascinated for hours. Dramatic mountain views can be enjoyed and for keen walkers there are plenty of interesting walks to be found, including climbing in the Torridon Mountain Range. The cottage is reached via a short rough road from the village where a pub, two shops and a restaurant can be found. Boat trips from Shieldaig and Torridon to the Inner Hebrides on a newly built catamaran.
Trips to the beautiful city of Inverness are easily accessible and the village of Plockton, home to the popular television series Hamish Macbeth is just a short drive. The Isle of Skye is well worth the visit and is accessed via a bridge over the Kyle of Lochalsh. Applecross is another village not be missed, it is an idyllic place where visitors can wander along lanes banked with wild iris and orchids, and explore beaches and rock pools on the shore. It is also an adventure travelling to Applecross, where some of the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland can be seen with panoramic views across the Minch to Raasay and Skye. The nearby Countryside Centre is the gateway to a massive mountain nature reserve. Excellent restaurant 15-minutes drive. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Step to entrance. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and sea views. Two steps up to spacious modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar area and ceramic tiled floor. Utility. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; both with 5ft bed and one with additional single bed (for +1), each with TV, coombed ceiling and loch views.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three TVs
  • Video (large library)
  • Three DVDs (large library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden within 6 acres with furniture, small wood, private shingle beach and mooring
  • Golf clubs, croquet and picnic blankets available
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle storage
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • NB: Drops in grounds and unfenced shoreline

WAS
NOW
£485-£1341
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Smithy Croft Ref: W41879

Magnificent scenery

Set in the magnificent scenery of Glen Rinnes this attractive detached holiday cottage offers peace and relaxation. Surrounded by the hills of the Glenfiddich Estate to the front and the brooding bulk of Ben Rinnes to the rear, there are walks right on the doorstep. Being in the heart of the Whisky Trail there are many distilleries to visit, salmon fishing on the Spey, cycle trails and some wonderful beaches on the Moray Firth, 25-30 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single with sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. Video/DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Private water supply. No smoking. NB: There is a pond in the garden.

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£268-£630
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Skylachin Ref: CC511345
Skylachin is a large, comfortable Victorian house situated in a quiet position in the centre of Buckie, on the north east coast of Banffshire. It is conveniently close to all amenities, with views of the harbour and Moray Firth from both the house and back garden,  which is enclosed and completely private. The house can sleep 6 people comfortably having three double rooms. With a separate dining room and a delightful lounge with original open fireplace, Skylachin is ideal for larger families, a combined family or group holidays.

Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Lounge: With open fire, satellite Freeview TV, DVD and radio/CD
Dining room: With sea views
Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave and fridge
Utility Room: With fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
Cloakroom; With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size four poster style bed
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With two single beds
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC and 2 wash basins

All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available.Raised patio/decking garden with outdoor dining table and chairs. On street parking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Smithy Cottage Ref: W43134

Set in a peaceful village, this semi-detached, 19th-century holiday cottage enjoys spectacular views of Beinn Eighe of the Torridon Hills, Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, which has some of Scotland’s finest mountain scenery. Its moorland and native Scots pine forest habitat overlooks Loch Maree and supports red deer, golden eagles, pine martens and wildcat. Smithy Cottage has its own secure garden and is 20 yards from the village shop and cafe. Five beautiful beaches locally. Inverewe Gardens are within easy reach, as is Skye. Hill walking from the doorstep; loch, river and sea fishing locally. Golf 30-minute drive. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Multi-fuel burner in dining room (initial fuel included). NSH, panel heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£281-£695
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Breathtaking views

These detached holiday cottages, situated within walking distance of the famous village of John O’ Groats, make the ideal base to explore this lovely part of the Northern Highlands. John O’ Groats is famous for being the most north easterly point of Britain’s four corners, and renowned for the magnificent coastal scenery, unspoilt beaches and coastal walks, with a breathtaking array of bird life and opportunities to see seals, dolphins and killer and minke whales. Take a day trip to the Orkney Islands with ferries a few minutes away from the cottages. Visit Duncansby Head, the Castle of Mey, Thurso and Wick. For the energetic mountain biking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing are available. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor.

Enclosed gravelled area. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced drop to stream 5 yards from property.

All properties: electricity £20per week, £15 per short break. Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£252-£639
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Bairlinnean Ref: S4525

Spectacularly located overlooking the turbulent waters of Pentland Firth, and just 20 yards from a lovely sandy beach, this very comfortable fishermen’s cottage offers a cosy holiday base from which to explore the far north and Orkney. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and perfect for bird watching, fishing and surfing. Served by a rail link (cycle hire is also available), Thurso is Britain’s most northerly town whose seaward views are dominated by the cliffs of Dunnet Head and the Old Man of Hoy – its harbour offers a gateway to Orkney. The Castle of Mey is 8 miles. John-O-Groats 20 miles. Shops, pubs, restaurants and fishing tackle hire are in walking distanceSpectacularly located overlooking the turbulent waters of Pentland Firth, and just 20 yards from a lovely sandy beach, these very comfortable fishermen’s cottages offer a cosy holiday base from which to explore the far north and Orkney. The surrounding area is a haven for wildlife and perfect for bird watching, fishing and surfing. Served by a rail link (cycle hire is also available), Thurso is Britain’s most northerly town whose seaward views are dominated by the cliffs of Dunnet Head and the Old Man of Hoy – its harbour offers a gateway to Orkney. The Castle of Mey is 8 miles. John-O-Groats 20 miles. Shops, pubs, restaurants and fishing tackle hire are in walking distance

Ground floor: Living/dining area with patio doors. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 6ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£286-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Millburn Cottage Ref: 29189

In an idyllic location with magnificent rural views, this single-storey detached holiday cottage dating back to 1900 was part of the old sawmill of the Darnaway Estate. Sympathetically restored, decorated and furnished to a very good standard with a lovely log fire for those cooler evenings. Set in beautiful countryside and only a few minutes from Brodie Castle, wildlife is abundant and the Nature Reserve at Findhorn Bay, only an hour’s walk, will be of particular interest to ornithologists. Golfers are well catered for with nearby courses at Forres and Nairn, and fishing and horse riding are available locally. It is ideally situated for the ’Whisky & Castle Trails’ and the Speyside Way is within easy reach. The Moray Coastline is renowned for its visiting dolphins, sandy beaches and sheltered bays with Culbin Forest and Sands 2 miles away. Nairn and Elgin are close by and the Highland Capital of Inverness is only a ½ hour drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 4 bedrooms: 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double), 2 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. /bold

WAS
NOW
£296-£812
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Enjoying wonderful panoramic views across the golf course towards the sea, these beautifully presented apartments (refs 29968, 29969, 29970, 29971, 29972, 29973, 29974, 29975, 29976 and 29977) , on a complex with 24 apartments, make an ideal base for exploring the many delights this area has to offer. Just a few minutes’ walk from the James Braid designed links course and the unspoilt sandy beach, the apartments are furnished and equipped to a very good standard, to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday as possible. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the extensive range of leisure facilities at the nearby Royal Marine Hotel, just a 2-minute walk away. Facilities include a shared heated swimming pool, children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Also available, are a wide range of beauty treatments from the in-house therapists. Brora is a super base for visiting this unspoilt part of the Highlands – take a trip to the stunning Orkney Islands, Inverness, ‘the Highland capital’, Loch Ness and the Moray Coast. Amongst the many activities available are a range of activities, including mountain biking, sea and river fishing and hillwalking to name but a few. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and watch the ever-changing views. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.
Please note: All properties have a sea view from the living room, some properties also have a sea view from the bedroom. These properties are allocated on arrival and they can be either on the ground, first or second floor (lift available to each floor).

All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet.

All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of hotel’s shared indoor, heated swimming pool (12m x 4m, max depth 1.12m) with Jacuzzi, shower and changing facilities, open 7:30am-8:30pm daily, all year. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£595-£895
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Curlew Cottage Ref: S4659

Set on a hill farm with wonderful far reaching views across the moor to the mountains beyond, with spectacular sunsets. These four very comfortable cottages which have been refurbished offer a very peaceful location with an abundance of wildlife around. Excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep with the Estate’s forest amenities to explore and the ancient Caledonian Forest of Glen Affric and Plodda Falls only a short drive. Excellent golf, only 20 miles to Castle Stuart ’Scottish Open Course’ and many other courses to play within 30 minutes drive. The ’Bonnie Black Isle’ is a good day out with lovely seaside villages to explore including the village of Cromarty and possible dolphin spotting at Chanory Point. Inverness, 13 miles, has city attractions, riverside theatre, boat trips on Loch Ness and Moray Firth with Culloden Battlefield worth visiting. Only 3 miles from Loch Ness with pub serving food, shop at Dromnadrochit, 7 miles, with Loch Ness Exhibition and the haunting beauty of Urquart Castle. Set on a hill farm with wonderful far reaching views across the moor to the mountains beyond, with spectacular sunsets. These four very comfortable cottages offer a very peaceful location with an abundance of wildlife around. Woodend Cottage has a cosy living room with period style open fire, while Tuath Cala and Curlew Cottage both have a vaulted ceiling in the living room. Excellent walking and cycling from the doorstep with the Estate’s forest amenities to explore, and the ancient Caledonian Forest of Glen Affric and Plodda Falls only a short drive. Excellent golf, only 20 miles to Castle Stuart ’Scottish Open Course’ and many other courses to play within 30 minutes drive. The ’Bonnie Black Isle’ is a good day out with lovely seaside villages to explore including the village of Cromarty and possible dolphin spotting at Chanory Point. Inverness, 13 miles, has city attractions, riverside theatre, boat trips on Loch Ness and Moray Firth with Culloden Battlefield worth visiting. Only 3 miles from Loch Ness with pub serving food, shop at Dromnadrochit, 7 miles, with Loch Ness Exhibition and the haunting beauty of Urquart Castle

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, beams, French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc. Satellite TV (basic package). Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Tel-incoming calls only. Garden with patio and furniture. 1-acre grounds. BBQ. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Ken Maree Ref: CC511332
Ken Maree overlooks the sweeping sandy bay of Opinan on the stunning west Highland coast. Occupying a wing of a detached cottage Ken Maree offers generously proportioned accommodation for up to 5 people. The main living room is open plan. A large lounge leads through via an arch wall into the spacious dining room. Large picture windows drink in the wonderful views across the bay. The kitchen area is small but well equipped. There are two good sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside, there is a secluded patio area and further grassed area for visitor’s sole use. Opinan is a pretty crofting hamlet that straddles the sea shore. All along this road are small bays, sweeping sands and stunning scenery. There is a path that leads down to the beach direct from the property. Three miles further along the road finishes at Redpoint Bay, a renowned beauty spot that will appeal to beach lovers in particular. This wide sandy beach has incredible views across to the Isle of Skye and the Applecross Peninsular.

Ground Floor: The accommodation within the wing of this property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
Open Plan Lounge/Dining Room: With satellite Free view TV, DVD, Wi-fi and radio/CD. A large lounge with views across the sea and arch that leads to the dining area.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge (with ice box) and washing machine
Bedroom 1: With double bed (fold down bed available for + 1)
Bedroom 2: With two single beds
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair availableSmall open garden area with patio and picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

WAS
NOW
£275-£510
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Ial Na Mara Ref: CC511306
Ial na Mara, Gaelic for ’a glint of sunshine by the sea’, occupies a picture book setting on the shores of Loch Alsh and within sight of the famous Eilean Donan Castle. With spectacular sea views from its large picture windows it drinks in the amazing surroundings from every aspect. The house itself complements the stunning scenery. It is light, bright and modern and exceptionally spacious and the seaward glass walls maximise the incredible views.
The large living space on the ground floor is open plan. With hardwood floors throughout the under floor heating it proffers an air of luxury; the red enamel wood burning stove in the main lounge ensures a warm cosy ambience. The large country kitchen is well equipped and the heavy, solid wood dining table for eight makes this an ideal house for two families or larger groups. A special feature of the property is the glass fronted sun lounge, with patio doors opening onto the meadow garden that meanders down to the water’s edge. Soft leather furniture makes this a welcoming spot to sit and enjoy the amazing views of sea and mountains. This room can transform at night into a full home cinema, with a 4.5 metre projected screen and an advanced surround sound system. There is a library of Blu-Ray discs left in the house.
Upstairs the master bedroom is unique and breathtaking. A floor to ceiling glass wall enables the sea and mountain views to be enjoyed from the comfort of the king size bed. The en suite bathroom has a hugh double ended bath and a double headed power shower. Bedroom two is large and has a vintage iron double bed, a unique round window, as well as windows to the fields at the front. Bedroom three has sea views and windows on three sides. It has four single beds that can be combined into doubles if required. The upstairs family bathroom has a large luxurious power shower and houses the laundry facilities.

Ground Floor: Property has electric under floor heating and comprises:
Spacious open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, satellite Freeview TV, DVD, radio/CD, Wi-fi
Kitchen/Dining Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher; large dining table and chairs to seat 8
Sun Lounge: With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sea loch. This room doubles as a cinema room with screen, large projector, blu-ray surround sound. Selection of DVDs
Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV with stunning floor to ceiling views across the sea and en suite facilities with large bath, double shower, WC and wash basin
Bedroom 2: With double bed
Bedroom 3: With four single beds which can be pushed together to make two x large double beds
Bathroom: With large shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, bidet, washing machine and tumble dryer

All electricity, bed linen and a small selection of hand towels included (Guests must bring their own bath towels). First supply of fuel for wood burning stove provided. Cot and high chair available. 2 dogs welcomeOpen meadow/grass area leading directly down to shoreline with rocks and access to the sea. Off road parking for 3 cars.

WAS
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£435-£1110
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Island Bay View Ref: W43261

Island Bay View is a detached bungalow on the shores of Loch Long, furnished and equipped to a very good standard. Set in one of the most spectacular glens on the west coast of Scotland, the mountain and loch views are superb. It offers peace and solitude for a ‘get away from it all holiday experience’, excellent hill walking (Falls of Glomach nearby) and wildlife to explore for the outdoor enthusiast. Watch otters feed and play on the shoreline around the property with access to the bay via your own private track. Only a short drive to Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Glenelg, Plockton, Lochcarron and Applecross. Visit historic sites like the Glenelg Brochs and Battle of Glenshiel, or nearby Attadale Gardens. Shop and pub 3 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi included. Sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Loch frontage.

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£236-£788
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