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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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    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (55 reviews)
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    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 3
    Cottage #711010
    55
    Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.7/5
      (11 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Bungalow #433453
      11
      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
        Excellent! 4.6/5
        (12 reviews)
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        • 3 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Sleeps 6
        Cottage #1795343
        12
        Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
          Excellent! 4.6/5
          (22 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 3
          Apartment #1767166
          22
          Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
            Exceptional! 5.0/5
            (31 reviews)
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            • 3 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 8
            House #8146207
            31
            Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (46 reviews)
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              • 2 BR
              • 3 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 5
              House #720112
              46
              Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                (14 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Apartment #1664815
                14
                Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                  (43 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 7
                  House #6584766
                  43
                  Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                    (15 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Cottage #1767167
                    15
                    Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                      (16 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 3
                      Cabin #1985041
                      16
                      Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (35 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 5
                        Cottage #8146034
                        35
                        Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                          (22 reviews)
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                          • 3 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 7
                          House #1680917
                          22
                          Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                            (41 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #722905
                            41
                            Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                              (18 reviews)
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Bungalow #8171544
                              18
                              Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (13 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cottage #1952664
                                13
                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (46 reviews)
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                                  • 5 BR
                                  • 4 BA
                                  • Sleeps 12
                                  House #1089885
                                  46
                                  Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (45 reviews)
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                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 3 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Cottage #1511061
                                    45
                                    Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                                      • 4 BR
                                      • 3 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 8
                                      House #671200vb
                                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Very Good! 4.2/5
                                        (17 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Cabin #1880434
                                        17
                                        Viewed 81 times in the last 48 hours
                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Multiple rentals Bungalow #866814
                                          5
                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            Multiple rentals Farmhouse #866814
                                            22
                                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #866814
                                              12
                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #866814
                                                9
                                                  • 4 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                  Bungalow #8139587
                                                  1 Review
                                                  Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Apartment #1190778
                                                    2 Reviews
                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (43 reviews)
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Cottage #99697
                                                      43
                                                      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                        (12 reviews)
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        House #8123731
                                                        12
                                                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                          (5 reviews)
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Chalet #74717
                                                          5
                                                          Viewed 70 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                            (9 reviews)
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                            Cottage #6732649
                                                            9
                                                            Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                              (24 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Cottage #412184
                                                              24
                                                              Viewed 53 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                • Studio
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #1734228
                                                                3
                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                  Cottage #1087426
                                                                  9
                                                                  Viewed 76 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                    (38 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                    House #838862
                                                                    38
                                                                    Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                      (17 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                      Cottage #8072390
                                                                      17
                                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        House #6523458
                                                                        4
                                                                        Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                          (5 reviews)
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                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Cottage #1988182
                                                                          5
                                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (26 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                            Apartment #1842859
                                                                            26
                                                                            Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Bungalow #6720672
                                                                              6
                                                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                                                House #898508
                                                                                2 Reviews
                                                                                Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                  (13 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cottage #6789331
                                                                                  13
                                                                                  Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                                                    House #78657
                                                                                    7
                                                                                    Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Cottage #8142806
                                                                                      6
                                                                                      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (11 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Bungalow #1878062
                                                                                        11
                                                                                        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                          (5 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Cottage #1942623
                                                                                          5
                                                                                          Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            Cottage #8151457
                                                                                            12
                                                                                            Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                              (16 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Apartment #6493941
                                                                                              16
                                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                Apartment #1873600
                                                                                                13
                                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Apartment #1768955
                                                                                                  19
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Apartment #6066153
                                                                                                    9
                                                                                                    Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #6714126
                                                                                                      4
                                                                                                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Fantastic relaxing week anyway in a beautiful setting

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      After a long 7 hour journey arrived to a warm welcoming beautiful house set back off the oban coastal road. Beautiful views across loch linhe from the front of the house. The heating was spot on, everything u need in the large kitchen, lovely big tv for the dark evenings huddled up on the sofa. Cannot fault this place we were gutted to leave. Many thanks to Tim.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Short break in a homely apartment

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very happy with our stay in Inverness. With two children under 4, along with both parents we were very happy with our stay, with all the home comforts we needed. Good location, clean apartment with comfortable couch with a view of the river. Many thanks
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Wonderful Scenery. Cosy Comfy Cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Third year in Glencoe. Extremely well equipped cottage, owners are very helpful. You couldn't ask for better. Go out of the door, walk 20 feet and there is the loch. At this time of year we had frost and sunshine. It was beautiful. Will hopefully be back next year.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016