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Make a holiday rental cottage in the Scottish Highlands and Islands your home away from home

It is hard to describe the pure beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Islands to someone who has not seen the area with their own eyes. It seems that every twist in the road brings you to a new landscape or new little community to explore. Wildlife and nature play a large part in life in the Highlands and Islands, and there are few places in Europe where you can go on holiday in such unspoilt surroundings. Most people looking for self catering accommodation in the Highlands and Islands will already know a huge amount about the area and the possibilities for walking holidays, golfing breaks and fishing trips, but there is always more to see and do in the far north of the UK!

Things to do on holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Gaelic culture is still strong in the Highlands and Islands, and although the small communities which adorn the landscape have had to adapt to survive, there are still distinct features of Gaelic culture in music, food, arts and sport, which all come together perfectly at the frequent Highland Games competitions which occur throughout the summer. If the local games are on when you are staying in a holiday property in the Highlands and Islands, you are in luck. They provide a wonderful day, brimming with entertainment and Scottish delicacies! Local folklore is hugely regional, and there are some magnificent stories and tales to investigate, which really capture the imagination.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands have had a rough and highly innovative history, resulting in the landscape being covered with fascinating places of interest from huge, humbling castles and ancient monuments to whiskey distilleries and original steam engines.

Walkers, hikers and climbers who fancy a challenge and unrivalled peace will be in their own personal heaven whilst staying in a property in the Scottish Highlands. You could walk and climb for days without having to walk across a road, and there are an enormous variety of marked trails to embark upon, from the dramatic coastal paths to the timelessly secluded forest trails. Riding and mountain biking holidays thrive from Highlands accommodation too.

There are over 40 golf courses to choose from when staying in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Golfers will already know of courses like Nairn, but wherever you decide to take self catering accommodation in the Scottish highlands and Islands, you are sure to be able to find a local course for a round.

The untainted rivers and lochs of the Highlands and Islands teem with fish, and although conditions may vary from the optimum conditions you are used to, finding someone willing to pass on a little local knowledge should not be too hard in the Highlands! Fishing permits are required, but are easily purchased from most towns. The waterways and coast of the Scottish Highlands and Islands are perfect for water sports, although wet suits are strongly advised for much of the year. Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing are among the most popular.

During the winter, the Scottish Highlands and Islands are the best place in the UK for skiing. The skiing in Scotland is highly enjoyable, with rewarding runs for beginners and experts alike. There are three main skiing centres which all provide everything you need for a fun skiing holiday or weekend break. These are to be found in the Nevis Range, (near Ben Nevis, and offering Scotland’s highest pistes), Cairngorm (the most popular) and Glencoe (which offers the longest runs in Scotland).

Anyone staying in a self catering holiday in the Scottish Highlands and Islands towards the southern region should also concider a quick exploration of the Aberdeen and Grampion region.

Weather in the Scottish Highlands and Islands

The weather in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is famously unpredictable, largely due to their position on the edge of the European landmass. The weather is not as bad as it may appear by the number of jokes made, but it is nonetheless hard to predict! As long as you have a jacket ‘just in case’, there should be no problems!

Travel to the Scottish Highlands and Islands

There are numerous options for reaching self catering accommodation in the Highlands and Islands. Some of the more remote cottages will have specific instructions for arrival, but in general, Inverness Airport (INV) is the main entry point, with flights from London taking just over an hour. Alternatively, road and rail networks are surprisingly good across the region, but having the freedom to explore by car is a real luxury.


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                                                                                    Quaint and quiet, ideal for the holiday where you just want to be away from it all.

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                                                                                    I found my overall stay very pleasant. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it was very relaxing to be in a quiet almost secluded area of the Scottish countryside. The barn itself was very lovely, quaint and cosy where it had most of the modern conveniences readily at hand. The only issue was that there was a lack of signal for our phones but in the grand scheme of things, it's not much to moan about. Only located a few miles from the town of dornoch itself, it's a quick drive to a lovely, friendly town with a lovely beach. I would definitely recommend another stay here.
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                    Stunning property in a fabulous location

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                                                                                    I have stayed in many holiday rentals but this property beats them all for the quality of the interior and the stunning view. Tastefully decorated in neutrals, with comfortable, quality furnishings, an excellent shower in a large bathroom and high quality bedding on the most comfortable bed I think I have ever slept in. The kitchen was very well equipped, but missing a coffee maker and an extra frying pan (there is a cafetiere at the house now!). The view out of the living room window takes some beating as it is right on the edge of Loch Duich with views over to Ratagan (opposite) and Shiel bridge (to the side). Porpoises and seals swim by and the owners have kindly provided binoculars to watch them. The living room also has plenty of books, games, maps and guidebooks, a very large screen television with freesat and wifi. It was handy to have a separate utility room with it's own entrance that has a washing machine, tumble dryer and a place to store coats and boots. The walking in the area is stunning - I stayed two weeks and hiked almost every day, with very little travelling in the car. Skye is a short drive away. Although on a main road, there is little noise disturbance - the house is lower than the road and shielded with lots of trees and bushes. There is parking for two cars right next to the house. The owners have provided plenty of outside seating, fire pit and barbecue and there is access onto the pebble beach from the front door. I would wholeheartedly recommend this property for anyone wishing to stay in the Highlands - I would be delighted to revisit it.
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                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                    Lovely cottage in great location

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                                                                                    Authentic and beautifully renovated cottage (even better than the photo's on the site suggest), clean and very well-equipped. The garden is spacious, with a lovely stream, and the best views of Attadale estate and Loch Carron. The estate itself is wonderful, especially for those who love hiking and/or fishing. Very friendly owners and Mrs. Watson at the launderette! The gardens are extensive and lovingly designed and maintained; plenty to discover. The same goes for the very scenic area; there is a lot to see and do. We would warmly recommend this property to anyone!
                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016