Highlands and Islands holiday cottages

Portree, Isle of Skye
Find a holiday cottage in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The hills, glens and wild coastline that the Highlands & Islands of Scotland has to offer are perfect for those seeking the ultimate escape to enjoy peace, tranquillity and solitude.
Located in the Highlands, lies the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK. It is one of Scotland's most special and cared for landscapes and offers the visitor a wide variety of outdoor activities and spectacular scenery to enjoy. Situated on the doorstep of the Park lies Aviemore, a popular holiday destination. The town has a wide range of winter and summer activities to choose from supporting one of the country's top ski areas and an excellent base to explore the Cairngorms.

With its captivating blend of unspoilt countryside, pristine beaches, dramatic coastline and a bustling city, Aberdeen City and Shire offers visitors plenty to see and do set in Scotland's most stunning scenery. Aberdeen, known as Scotland's Granite city, is proud of its maritime history, has a superb shopping centre and nearby has plenty of small towns and fishing villages where you can sample a mouth-watering selection of food and drink.

Along the north Aberdeenshire coast is the town of Banff. Here you will find fine examples of Georgian architecture, a distinctive castle, a museum and many arts and crafts shops. There are numerous walks in Banff but the most spectacular is from Scotstown, dotted with traditional fishermen's cottages to the stunning sandy beach which not only offers one of the best locations for surfing but the opportunity to spot dolphins and porpoises.

With three very different but equally special trails, Aberdeenshire is a great year-round destination. The magnificent Coastal Trail with 165 miles of continuous cliff-tops, coves and beaches offers a wonderful array of wildlife, harbours and beaches.

Set in beautiful countryside, lying eight miles along the River Dee is the picturesque Victorian village of Ballater, not far from Balmoral Castle. Nearby is the Royal Lochnager Distillery which produces one of Scotland’s most exclusive whiskies – a visit is well worthwhile.

A holiday to Scotland would not be complete without a visit to its largest lake, Loch Ness. Enjoy the landscape, explore the history of the area, take a leisurely walk along the shore or if you prefer a challenge try walking the Loch Ness trail.

For those who enjoy island hopping, take a ferry and visit some of the most remote and beautiful islands in Scotland. Visit the rugged Isle of Skye, sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, or visit The Western Isles which are among the most remote and stunning parts of Britain. Sprinkled along the North Atlantic, these breath-taking islands with sandy beaches, open spaces and rugged hills are perfect for getting away from it all. The Isle of Bute, one of the most accessible of the westerly isles, is renowned for its glorious gardens and architecture. Sligachan is a small settlement on Skye, close to the Cuillin Mountains and is the start of an unforgettable coastal walk.

Portree is the main town on the Isle of Skye. The main street runs parallel to the back of the harbour in Bank Street, best known for the Royal Hotel, where Bonnie Prince Charlie said goodbye in 1746 to Flora MacDonald.

The largest town in Argyll & The Isles is Oban, known as the Gateway to the Isles and the Seafood Capital of Scotland. The town lies in a crescent in the hill surrounding Oban Bay and offers a wide selection of activities and day trips.

Nairn is an attractive seaside town with a prime location on the Moray Firth and is one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland. During the 19th Century, thousands of Victorians flocked here believing in the medical properties of the sea waters. Visitors can today enjoy sandy beaches, riverside walks, views of the Moray Firth, championship golf courses and plenty of good restaurants and for shopaholics fantastic retail therapy.

Lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, Fort William is the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'. Easily accessible from Glasgow, Fort William's setting is dramatic, on the shores of Loch Linnhe. For those who prefer not to trek up the mountain, a gondola is available to take visitors 2,000 ft. up taking in the amazing views and access to the ski slopes.

Dunoon is the main resort on the Cowal Peninsula. The lovely town centre houses museums, shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants to suit every taste.

Whatever you want from a holiday Scotland has something to suit everyone's taste. Find your perfect Scottish holiday cottage today.