Inverness-shire in the North of Scotland is a popular holiday destination having much to appeal to visitors planning a self-catering holiday in the Scottish Highlands. This stunning Highland landscape, created from ice and fire, is one of the oldest places on earth. From the picturesque seaside villages of Applecross and Plockton on the West Coast to the historic city of Inverness on the east coast, there are some beautiful Highland Cottages in stunning locations to guarantee a memorable holiday at any time of the year. At its heart, from whiskey trails to winter sports, the Cairngorms, home to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, offer a fascinating choice of activities and places to visit, ranging from historic castles and Highland Clan museums to ice-climbing and skiing.
Overlooking Loch Duich in a unique hillside location in one of the most awe inspiring glens in the Scottish Highlands, Tigh an Aullt is the ideal getaway property for up to 6 people.
Nuide Farmhouse is a charming, large and pet friendly 5-bedroom farmhouse in rural surroundings that sleeps 10. Set in its own rambling grounds the house is ideal for exploring the Cairngorms and has access to fishing on The Spey. Horse riding can be arranged locally in Newtonmore.
Glencarron is a beautiful Victorian shooting lodge near Strathcarron sleeping up to 18 in 11 bedrooms. This lovely large house enjoys breath taking views of the Glencarron Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of the Scottish Highlands. Pets welcome.
Luxury meets peaceful isolation at the wonderful Glenuaig Lodge, a dog friendly, large and truly remote four bedroom self catering cottage sleeping 8 guests set in the heart of the Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron. The Lodge enjoys beautiful views and is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Located in the Cairngorms National Park, Alvey House is a Victoria-style Highland Villa in Newtonmore. Alvey, a pet friendly holiday home, sleeps 9 guests in 9 bedrooms (8 en-suite) above the River Spey, 15-miles from Aviemore. A superb location for cycling, walking and fishing holidays.
Part of two unique single-storey chalets deep in the hamlet of Heights of Achterneed, the Larchfield Chalet 2 offers a remote Highlands holiday home near Strathpeffer. It offers unbeatable views of Scotland’s gorgeous hillsides. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Pets welcome.
Nestled amidst the natural beauty of the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges, Feagour is a remote country cottage in the western approaches to the Cairngorms in the Central Highlands of Scotland, offering well-equipped, tastefully furnished self-catering accommodation. Sleeps 4.
Kintillo is a traditional detached coastal property which rises from the fields of Holmisdale in a secluded rural corner of the Isle of Skye. The pet-friendly property sits on a hillside and boasts uninterrupted views of the countryside and is well placed for exploration of this mystical isle.
A remote Scottish holiday cottage found on the Trotternish Peninsula in the far north of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, Ridge End Cottage in the isolated township of Conista promises a memorable holiday for groups of up to six looking to relax in cosy and comfortable rural accommodation.
Creag-na-Sanais is a detached rural cottage on the owner’s working farm outside the village of Laggan near Newtonmore in the Northern Highlands. It is close to cycling trails and ski fields and offers guests modern accommodation in a cottage boasting sun-drenched living areas and an open fire.
This remote rural Highland cottage in the Heights of Achterneed, Inverness-shire offers spectacular views of the Northern Highlands. Whether you want to hike, golf, or go to the spa, Larchfield Chalet 1 is the place to lay your head at the end of the day. Pets welcome.
Lovely views of the loch greet visitors to CreagHastin from multiple vantage points and this detached cottage on the edge of Gairloch is an ideal holiday home. The pet-friendly, rural cottage is a short walk from the harbour and within easy reach of the delights of the Northern Highlands.
Set in the Cairngorms National Park, Dunstaffnage Cottage is a converted stable packed with thoughtful, modern features. This rural cottage near Grantown-on-Spey sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. Book today to a relaxing holiday in a naturally beautiful Highland setting.
Stag Lodge is a large dog-friendly and the remote Highland cottage is set on the 12,000-acre Glencarron Estate near Strathcarron in the Western Highlands, within easy reach of the on the West coast beaches. It offers accommodation for 8 people in 4 lovely bedrooms, 1 double and 3 twins.
Biallid is a large dog friendly country house in the heart of the Scottish highlands. It has 7 bedrooms and sleeps 15 people. The house is set in it's own grounds outside Newtonmore and has fishing and shooting available for guests to book and is surrounded by amazing scenery.
Enjoy a holiday in a thoroughly modern property converted from a historic signal box. The Signal Box is a rural holiday cottage for couples in Newtonmore with stunning views of the Cairngorms and all of the comforts of home. It was chosen as one of 50 best UK holiday cottages by The Times in 2013.
A family holiday in the Scottish Highlands is made more enjoyable with a stay at Hillside East, a family-friendly holiday cottage in Kingussie, Inverness-shire, in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Sleeping four, Hillside East is a warm and comfortable traditional, stone-built cottage.
Scotland’s most famous loch, Loch Ness, lies just south of Inverness. Go in search of Nessie while walking its picturesque shoreline, or take to the water on a pleasure cruise or renting a boat. Discover the history of the Loch Ness Monster at the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre. Stick to the boating theme, and take a trip on the Caledonian Canal, which crosses Scotland from east to west through Loch Ness and the Great Glen.
It’s not just the dramatic landscape that draws visitors to Inverness-shire: history is etched into every facet of this attractive County. This is the land of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite Rebellion and battles between clans. Visit the Highland Life Museum in Newtonmore, the ruins of Glenurquhardt Castle and the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Visitors can safely venture forth from their holiday cottages to eat:
You will dine well in these parts. Choose from award-winning menus in Applecross or head to Beauly just north of Inverness, not just a pretty village offering excellent fishing, but a real food lovers’ paradise as well boasting a splendid choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes.