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Destination guide

Look out on green pastures from a Scottish Highlands lodge

The historic Scottish Highlands area is the ideal place for dog-friendly cottages in Scotland. The magical landscape is filled with dramatic peaks, glistening waterways and mystical lochs, all of which allow pets to roam. You can take your dog to the park or across the diverse landscape near historic sites and ancient castles, giving you a chance to take in the scenery while creating the trip of a lifetime for your dog. With dog-friendly cottages in the Scottish Highlands, you'll have an array of options for how to enjoy your holiday in Scotland with your pet.

 
History

Historic sites near Highland holiday homes

With its storied past, Highland is filled with heritage sites, majestic castles and historic locations to explore. Holiday homes can be found near places like the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, a restored 16th-century fortress with extensive gardens, and the Ben Nevis Distillery, which was built in the 19th-century and features tours and tastings. The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, a family-oriented historic site with exhibitions about the geological formation of Loch Ness and the mythology of Nessie, and Rothiemurchus, a woodland estate with a medieval castle and outdoor activities, are also great places for history buffs. You could also visit Fort George, an 18th-century fortified garrison and working army barracks with a Highlanders’ regimental museum.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Scottish Highlands

Are you hoping to discover things to do in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Scottish Highlands a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Muir of Ord Golf Club (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • Ullapool Golf Club (22.5 mi / 36.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Scottish Highlands

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Scottish Highlands is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Fannichs (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
  • Falls of Measach (11.1 mi / 17.8 km)
  • Ben Wyvis (11.6 mi / 18.6 km)
  • Beinn Dearg (11.7 mi / 18.8 km)
  • Coire Mhic Fhearchair (15.9 mi / 25.7 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Scottish Highlands

The nearest airport is in Inverness (INV), located 30.4 mi (48.9 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Achanalt Station, Lochluichart Station and Garve Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Food & drink 

Sample regional cuisine in Highland

From the fresh mountain waters and Atlantic coastline, to the lush rolling hills and fertile soil, Scotland has a rich bounty of meat, seafood and produce that form the foundation of its traditional dishes. Aberdeen Angus Beef, Arbroath Smokies, Shetland salmon, Stornoway Black Pudding, whisky, ales, shortbread, scones and more create a culinary heaven for foodies in Highland. Whether you want pub grub and local whisky or fine dining with classic Scottish dishes influenced by regional cuisine, the restaurants, bars and eateries near your holiday rental will give you a plethora of options for a culinary adventure in Highland.

Family friendly

Family fun near Highland holiday lettings

Several family-friendly attractions are available for a holiday with the kids in Highland. Holiday homes are available near child-focused locations like Dunrobin Castle, a turreted, opulent redoubt with a museum and falconry displays, and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, an inhabited residence with tours, gardens and boat trips to a native seal colony. Kids will also enjoy the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, a mountain and tundra animal reserve with walking areas, and Landmark Forest Adventure Park, an activity park with a climbing wall, highwire course, maze, raft rides and a rollercoaster.

Good for couples

Romance in Highland holiday cottages

If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, Highland is the ideal place. Several intimate and romantic locations can be found near holiday cottages, such as Cawdor Castle and Gardens, a 14th-century fortification with a drawbridge, tapestries and gardens, and the Steall Waterfall, an iconic tiered cascade with a gorge path and spectacular views. Couples may also enjoy the Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum, a charming ruin site with a museum, formal gardens and woodland trails, and Loch an Eilein, a tranquil lake with historic castle ruins, walking trails and dazzling scenery for long strolls.

How many holiday rentals are available around Scottish Highlands?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,199 holiday lettings around Scottish Highlands. From 2,591 cottages to 2,591 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Scottish Highlands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Scottish Highlands. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Isle of Skye: 399 holiday homes
  • Inverness: 1,005 holiday homes
  • Fort William: 320 holiday homes
  • Loch Ness: 840 holiday homes
  • Acharacle: 165 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Scottish Highlands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Scottish Highlands?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Scottish Highlands with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Isle of Skye: 399 holiday lettings
  • Inverness: 1,005 holiday lettings
  • Fort William: 320 holiday lettings
  • Acharacle: 165 holiday lettings
  • Aviemore: 345 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Scottish Highlands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Scottish Highlands are:

  • Inverness Airport (INV): 503 self catering accommodations
  • Wick Airport (WIC): 101 self catering accommodations
  • Stornoway Airport (SYY): 79 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Scottish Highlands?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Scottish Highlands. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ben Nevis: 269 holiday rentals
  • Kyle Of Lochalsh Station: 191 holiday rentals
  • Rothiemurchus Estate Visitor Centre: 317 holiday rentals
  • Loch Morlich: 317 holiday rentals
  • Sandwood Bay Beach: 16 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottish Highlands listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Scottish Highlands

Isle of Skye
399 holiday rentals
Inverness
1,005 holiday rentals
Fort William
320 holiday rentals
Acharacle
165 holiday rentals
Aviemore
345 holiday rentals
Kyle
165 holiday rentals
Lairg
151 holiday rentals
Gairloch
76 holiday rentals
Thurso
116 holiday rentals
Fort Augustus
331 holiday rentals
Nethy Bridge
73 holiday rentals
Grantown-on-Spey
253 holiday rentals
Beauly
508 holiday rentals
Ballachulish
172 holiday rentals
Portree
259 holiday rentals
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214 holiday rentals
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Nairn
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Wick
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