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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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                                                                                                      We stayed at the Old Police House for 4 nights from 1 March 2017 and it is stunning. If you regularly rent holiday homes and cottages for holiday or weekend breaks I am sure that after a visit to the Old Police House, you will place it at the top of your list. The house is beautiful and has been very and carefully modernised and tastefully decorated but without losing the character of this lovely detached building. Everything in the house is new and all of the furnishings and fittings are of a high standard. The lounge is a lovely big family room that contains a wood burning stove and a lovely bay window. The décor throughout the house is lovely and this room is no exception. The kitchen is lovely and has everything you need including a large farmhouse style kitchen table that can seat 6. It is beautifully decorated and immaculately clean, as is the whole house. The utility/wash room is situated at the back door and is a big room that is great for drying wet walking cloths and boots and for washing and drying off wet dogs. There is also a large wet room with toilet and a great shower just off the utility room. Dogs are welcome at the Old Police House and when they were not with us we kept ours in the utility room while we were out. The utility room is big enough for the dogs but if you prefer there is a walk-in kennel in the garden. While I am on the subject of dogs there are a lot of lovely walks nearby and the lovely large garden is fully enclosed and dog proof. Staying downstairs there is a lovely family shower room with all new fixtures and fittings. It is immaculate. The main bedroom is also downstairs and the very large bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The décor is in keeping with the rest of the house and it is lovely and fresh. Upstairs there are 2 identical twin rooms, beautifully decorated and presented and there is a lovely family bathroom with a 3rd shower. As we were just a party of 2 (& 2 small dogs) we did not use any of the upstairs facilities. Everything we needed (and more) was on the ground floor. We loved this house and really appreciated the care and thought that has gone into making it a most welcoming and very comfortable holiday home. The garden is large and beautifully laid out and it gets lots of sunshine and all the equipment is there for alfresco dining at the front and the rear of the house. The house is owned by Susan and her family who stay next door. Susan provides a lovely
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                                                                                                      Amazing. Highly recommend.

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                                                                                                      My boyfriend and I stayed in this cosy little cabin for a weekend away. This is ideal if your looking for a peaceful and quiet time. There is so much to do and the scenery surrounding is fantastic. On arrival we were made feel very welcome. The cabin itself is amazing. It is very well equipped with everything and more that you need. I would highly recommend to anyone if thinking of booking up as our stay was perfect. I will definetly be back to visit. Sophie.
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                                                                                                      Lovely home in a Beautiful Setting

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                                                                                                      Very comfortable & spacious house in beautiful surroundings. We look forward to returning in the future.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017