Cottages

The National Trust for Scotand has a wonderful collection of cottages to choose from, full of character and charm with many original features, stunning views and gardens.

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An Gearasdan (The Barracks), An Gearasdan, Glenelg, near Kyle of Lochalsh

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 8
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
This prize-winning contemporary home is privately owned and lies next to the ruined Hanoverian red-coat barracks that gave it its name. Literally 'the barracks' in Gaelic, An Gearasdan enjoys stunning vistas over Glenelg Bay and the Isle of Skye, and in 2008 was given the RIAS award for 'New Life for an Old Building.'
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A picture-perfect setting, fresh interior design and centuries of history make this airy comfortable house a peaceful haven to escape to. With plenty of beds it has space enough for two families or a large group of friends.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 10 - 4 doubles plus double sofa bed


  • Cloakroom, utility room


  • WC


  • Shower room


  • Lounge (Sky TV)


  • Family shower room


  • En suite bathroom off master bedroom


  • Upstairs kitchen


  • Dining table to seat 10


  • Wood-burning stove with well stocked log shed


  • Eco-friendly air-source pump heating system


  • Picnic furniture and wooden verandah


  • Library of books and family games


  • EPC Rating: D67






About the area

Glenelg is a relaxed picturesque village, shielded by high mountains and looking out towards the sea. Its seclusion makes it a paradise for rare wildlife. Look out for pine martins and peregrine falcons inland or keep an eye on the sea for a glimpse of otters or minke whales. Glenelg has a good village shop and post office for essentials, and the famous Glenelg Inn serves delicious local produce.



Things to do



  • Cosy up with a copy of Ring of Brightwater, Gavin Maxwell's book about the otter he brought back from Iraq. Maxwell wrote the book from his cottage at nearby Sandaig. The whole area is still full of the wildlife he loved.


  • The Balmacara Estate is about an hour's drive away. Here you'll find acres of woodland walks as well as beautifully preserved 18th century farm steadings.


  • Visit the Iron Age brochs close to the barracks, inland along Gleann Beag. These tall Pictish towers are some of the best preserved in Britain.






Getting there

Take the main road to the Isle of Skye via Kyle of Lochalsh (A87). Turn off for Glenelg at Shiel Bridge. As you come into the village proper, on your right you will see a wooden gate with a sign saying ‘No Entry to Bernera Barracks' - An Gearasdan is just along this track about 100 metres. < Hide

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Craggan Cottage, Balmacara Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This whitewashed cottage stands on the north shore of Loch Alsh. As if the outstanding coastal views weren't enough, its secluded garden leads directly down to a stony beach where you can enjoy leisurely walks before coming home to a log-burning stove.
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Craggan Cottage has been sensitively furnished with period pieces to keep with its original character. It's also a perfect place to bring your dog. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin on first floor


  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove


  • Large dining kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and shower on ground floor


  • Oil-fired central heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: F23




The cottage is accessed by a narrow track, down which it can be difficult to turn vehicles. Alternative parking is available at the start of the track, about 50 metres from the cottage.



Craggan Cottage is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.



For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Ferry Cottage, sleeping 4.



About Balmacara Estate

Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.



About the area

Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a cafe and visitor centre. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.



Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.



Things to do



  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.


  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights, including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.


  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.




Getting there

Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

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Ferry Cottage, Balmacara Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Ferry Cottage was once the waiting room for passengers travelling by steamer and sailing boat to and from Balmacara. Situated on a narrow country lane in the small village of Glaick, the one-storey cottage has magnificent coastal views from the master bedroom and sitting room.
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Its historic character has been preserved in the original wall lamps and doors. If you fancy heading inland rather than hitting the beach, the woodland walks around Lochalsh go on for miles.



Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by O2 & Vodafone which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.

Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 twin, 1 double


  • Farmhouse style kitchen/sitting room


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • Night storage heaters


  • Open fire


  • Water heated by immersion


  • Parking available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: G01




Suitable for the less mobile.



This accommodation is only available for full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) throughout the year.



For larger families/groups additional accommodation is available at Craggan Cottage, sleeping 4.



About Balmacara Estate

Croft land, saltmarsh, lochs and coastline are just some of the varied landscapes you'll discover at Balmacara. The traditional Highland estate covers 2550 hectares and includes the early 19th century village of Plockton, as well as an original 18th century mill house and ice house.



About the area

Balmacara Square was the original heart of the estate and lies about a mile away, a cluster of 18th century farm steadings and other buildings. Here you'll find a cafe and visitor centre. For stocking up on supplies head to Kyle of Lochalsh, three miles away, a whitewashed harbour village that looks across to the Isle of Skye.



Easy access to the Isle of Skye is now possible by road bridge.



Things to do



  • Lochalsh House Policies offer quiet sheltered walks by the lochside among mature Scots pine, oaks and beeches.


  • Spend a day on Skye discovering its culinary delights including seafood, game and local ale. Stock up on Talisker whisky to enjoy later by the open fire.


  • The Falls of Glomach are just over 12 miles away. For the energetic, this 5 mile hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Britain will reward you with unforgettable views.




Getting there

Mainly accessed by A87(T) Inverness to Kyle road but can also be accessed from North by way of the A890 from from Achnasheen and Lochcarron. < Hide

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Cormack Lodge, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 3
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This romantic rural cottage is tucked away down a narrow road, a short walk from Brodie Castle. Wander round the 16th century castle grounds then while away evenings in front of the wood-burning stove.
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The dining room has views of the Brodie estate, and the cottage has its own private garden, perfect for alfresco breakfasts and impromptu picnics.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - a step leads down to the bedroom and bathroom


  • Sleeps 2/3 - 1 double, 1 sofa bed


  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Private garden


  • Oil-fired central heating (also heats water)


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54






Larger groups can also book South Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.


  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

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South Lodge, Brodie Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
South Lodge is sunny, secluded and perfect for families with children. The lodge lies close to magnificent 16th century Brodie castle, set in grounds that offer hours of woodland and beachside walks.
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A large garden for impromptu picnics and playful dogs, and a warm wood-burning stove in the sitting room make this a great retreat at any time of year.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Bathroom with bath and shower


  • Night storage heaters


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: G20






Larger groups can also book Cormack Lodge, a single-storey cottage just a short stroll from Brodie Castle, sleeping 2/4.



About Brodie Castle

The imposing turrets of Brodie Castle stand between Nairn and Forres, close to the beaches of the Moray Firth. The castle dates from the mid-16th century, and is filled with Dutch, English and early 20th-century art.



Famous for its extravagant display of daffodils in the spring, the extensive grounds also offer trails, bird hides and an adventure playground.



About the area

Forres is the closest town, and also one of Scotland's oldest, having been a Royal Burgh since 1140. There are plenty of shops on offer for stocking up.



Brodie Castle is also an excellent base for exploring the Cairngorm mountains, the Black Isle and the Moray Firth, Loch Ness and Glen Affric.



Things to do



  • The Moray Firth has stunning beaches. Try Cullen Bay for dolphin watching or Findhorn for its laid back atmosphere.


  • Visit the Sueno Stone on the north-eastern edge of Forres. The 21ft high stone is Scotland's largest and most intricate piece of Pictish carving.


  • At Brodie, you'll be staying just half-an hour's drive from the battlefield at Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

Brodie Castle is off the A96, 4 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness. < Hide

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Blue Door, Broughton House

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 7
  • 4
  • Dogs allowed
Beamed ceilings and pale walls set off this cosy artists' retreat, which stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist E A Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live. Kirkcudbright is known at 'The Artists Town' having hosted generations of painters, craftmakers and artisans, a culture still thriving today.
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The cottage has its own private garden at the bottom of the close with views across the dolls-house rooftops of this distinctive picturesque town.



Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by all major networks which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.

Accommodation details



  • 3 storey


  • Sleeps 7 - 2 twin, 1 double (with ensuite wash basin and WC), 1 single


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Wet room with WC


  • Bathroom with bath and shower


  • Gas central heating


  • EPC Rating: D66




Public transport accessible. Free parking is available on the street outside Greengate Close.



About Blue Door

The Blue Door is one of several cottages in historic Greengate Close and the cottages are still referred to by their original names, which relate to the colour of their doors, such as "Yellow Door", "Red Door" and "Blue Door".

Greengate House and these cottages were owned in the first half of the 20th century by Glasgow Girl artist Jessie M King and her husband, artist E A Taylor. Jessie M King would invite her woman artist friends and students to come and stay and use the Blue Door as lodging/studio space.



About Broughton House

At the heart of Kirkcudbright stand the peachy-pink walls of 18th-century Broughton House & Garden, a Trust property that was home to 'Glasgow Boys' artist E A Hornel, from 1901 to 1933. As well as Hornel's delicate Japanese-influenced paintings the museum houses a major Robert Burns collection.



About Kirkcudbright

Dorothy L Sayers once said, "In Kirkcudbright one either fishes or paints....". The Royal Burgh, established in 1455, lies on an estuary of the River Dee, making it as famous for its catches as for its art. Fresh fish is available Tuesday to Saturday from the Fresh Fish Shop just off the Harbour Square. Close by, Dhoon's sandy beach is a perfect place for children to paddle.



Things to do



  • Take a wander down the High Street to numbers 115 & 117, which have been called 'the closest approximation to a dolls' house you are ever likely to see in real life'.


  • Rockcliffe village is just over 20 miles away. Here you'll find swathes of pebbled coastlines, a bird sanctuary and the Mote of Mark, the ruined court of a Dark Ages chieftan.


  • A visit to nearby Threave estate will keep you busy for the whole day. This baronial house has its own sculpture garden and nature reserve, famous as a hotspot for spying bats.




Getting there

Kirkcudbright is located off the A711 and A755. Dumfries is 28 miles away and Castle Douglas 9 miles.

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North Mains, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Wake up to views of Craigievar Castle's winding pink spires in this 18th century estate cottage. Care has been taken to furnish the semi-detatched house in antique country style, as it would have stood when it accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid.
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Fire up the wood burning stove to warm up after a walk in the parkland around the castle.

For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent South Mains and Steading Cottage.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins


  • L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Compact bathroom with shower over bath


  • Central heating - wet system with steel panel radiators fired by electric boiler


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F31




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.



This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used. < Hide

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Steading, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Every fairytale castle needs a grounds cottage with roses climbing the walls, and this picture perfect house is Craigievar's. The cottage originally accommodated the castle's estate workers and is built around a cobbled courtyard, overlooking Craigievar's famous pink turrets.
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Gentle walks can be found round the castle's kitchen garden, or venture further into the waymarked woodland paths. An open fire will be ready and waiting to be lit when you get back.



For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent North & South Mains.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room - 3 steps down from hall, with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • Immersion water heater


  • Electric storage and panel heaters


  • Parking available at the side of the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F21




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.



This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used.

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South Mains, Craigievar Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 7
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Situated next to North Mains and adjacent to Steading Cottage, our three properties would make an ideal booking for a larger group booking.
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Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 7 - 1 double and 2 twin bedrooms (first floor) and 1 single bedroom (ground floor)


  • Sitting room


  • Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area


  • Bathroom with shower over bath (ground floor)


  • Private garden


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E49




About Craigievar Castle

This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.



Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.



About the area

Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.



Things to do



  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.


  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.


  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.




Getting there

Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.

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East Lodge, Crathes Castle Garden & Estate

  • Dates Available
  •  None
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Opening October 2016.
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Laced with gothic charm this Victorian gate lodge guards the entrance to Crathes Castle. Crathes is a Renaissance dream of winding turrets and pink-harled walls, set among acres of manicured gardens.

The lodge's arched latticed windows look out onto the castle driveway. An enclosed private garden with a picnic table is perfect for outdoor dining when the sun shines.



Accommodation details



  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with dining area


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Oil fired central heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available outside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: F34




About Crathes Castle

Crathes estate dates back to 1323 when King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Leys to the ancient Burnett family. The jewelled ivory Horn of Leys, symbolic of the gift, now hangs in the castle's Great Hall. The castle you see today was completed in the late 16th century and retains ornate ceilings, family portraits and even a 'trick-step' designed to confuse attackers.



Six different trails lead round the 240 hectare (595 acre) estate. Crathes's grounds are known as a hotspot for spying bats, as well as buzzards, kingfishers and herons.



About the area

Crathes is a settlement of around 25 houses, spreading out into farms and countryside, close to Banchory in Royal Deeside.



Things to do



  • Steam-train enthusiasts will love the Royal Deeside Railway. Still undergoing a restoration project, the railway line currently runs for a mile along the River Dee.


  • Pack up a hamper and head to the Linn of Dee, a 300 metre rock gorge, part of Mar Lodge estate and one of Queen Victoria's beloved picnicking spots.


  • In the summer months, trace Scottish architectural history through the ages with a visit to
  • Drum Castle, the oldest intact building in the National Trust for Scotland's care. A medieval tower, a Jacobean mansion and Victorian extensions make this fortified ancestral home truly unique.




Getting there

Crathes Castle is off the A93, 15 miles west of Aberdeen and 3 miles east of Banchory. Aberdeen is the nearest railway station, and Aberdeen airport (Dyce) is 12 miles away. < Hide

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Lydia Cottage, Cromarty

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
This traditional Cromarty cottage was built around 1911 on the site of Cromarty's former fire station. Fully refurbished with modern creature comforts it provides a spacious base for two people to explore the wildlife and history at the heart of this Black Isle town.
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The cottage lies in Cromarty's Fishertown area, once populated by herring fishers and close enough to hear the waves lapping against the shores of the Cromarty Firth. An enclosed garden with a picnic table is perfect for summer barbeques.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys - detached cottage


  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin bedroom


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen with dining area


  • Shower room with double shower


  • Open fire


  • Electric storage heaters and electric immersion heater


  • Parking available at eastern gable end of cottage - not reserved but usually available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: D64


  • The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase and is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues






About the area

Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.



Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".



Things to do



  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.


  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.


  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.






Getting there

Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty. < Hide

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Crovie Cottage, Crovie

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
This cosy, restored traditional fishing cottage dates from a time when the sea was the only mode of transport to and from Scotland's shores, and provided the livelihood for coastal communities. Perched on Crovie's unusual seashore rocky shelf the sitting room windows look out to the bay, enclosed north and south by magnificent cliffs.
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17th century wood panelling and an open fire complete Crovie Cottage's old sea dog charm. In the summertime, take to the private garden and make use of the cottage's barbeque.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 single, 1 box bed in sitting room


  • Sitting/dining room with sea view and open fire


  • Shower room


  • Kitchen


  • Private garden with patio and barbeque


  • WiFi


  • Fitted electric Dimplex heating




...Our guests said...

"...more and more reluctant to venture away from Crovie, preferring to sit in front of the cottage and watch the changing seascape and tides, the coming & going of fishing boats, and the glorious sunsets".



About the area

Crovie is a unique place, a conservation village created on a seashore ledge so narrow it has only enough room for the cottages built on it and a small footpath. The cliffs that stretch above it form the east side of Gamrie Bay; on the other side of the village is the sea.



Crovie comprises around 50 fishing cottages, most of which date back 150 years or more, and is one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe. A pebble beach to the west end of the winding path leads to the next village, Gardenstown, one mile away. Look out for bottlenosed dolphins along the way.



Things to do



  • Sample Cullen Skink in the town it hails from. The traditional smoked haddock soup is a hearty winter warmer. Cullen village is just over 20 miles away.


  • Tee off in one of the area's 50 nearby golf courses, and re-charge your batteries afterwards in Gardenstown's 18th century inn.


  • See how the other half lived at Fyvie Castle, just over 25 miles away. Sculpted turrets and fine tapestries give the castle a fairytale feel and it is steeped in local legends and myths.




Getting there

From Banff head through Macduff on A98 towards Fraserburgh. 0.50 mile after Macduff take B9031 left turn Gardenstown. 8 miles later take Crovie turn to left.



This cottage is privately owned. Please note that bookings are restricted to full weeks only (Saturday to Saturday), short breaks are not available at this property. The entry time to the cottage is from 5pm onwards on day of arrival. Parking is available for residents and their guests at the north-west end of the village. Parking in high season can require skill and patience. If the lower car park alongside the village is full, there is additional parking on the road to the village - luggage can be off-loaded at the bottom and taken by wheelbarrow (stored in the back garden). < Hide

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Ardlochan Lodge, Culzean Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Situated just a stones throw from the golden beach at Maidens on the Culzean coast in Ayrshire is this pretty little lodge house - the last remaining gate house on the Culzean Castle & Country Park estate.
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Recently modernised and renovated to a high standard, Ardlochan Lodge opened in April 2016



Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double and 1 twin bedroom (can be converted to double if required)


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Under floor heating


  • Open plan kitchen, with patio doors leading to patio area and spacious garden


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Parking adjacent to cottage


  • EPC Rating: E50






About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Brewhouse Flat, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Perched on an Ayrshire clifftop, Culzean Castle is second to none for grandeur. This circular former brewhouse lies in the castle's West Wing and supplied the estate workers with their staple drink of beer until Victorian times.
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The brewery was added to Culzean in the 1780s. 100 years later however the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa decided to make way for his preferred tipple and changed it into a wine cellar.



Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the bay and let the crash of the waves lull you to sleep.



Accommodation details



  • One storey basement flat - 23 steps down to the flat which we regret is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Electric night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Children will require supervision when playing outside the flat, due to the cliff edge


  • Private parking for 2 cars


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E54






About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and a 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but the nearby clifftop ruin of Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held as King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

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North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children.
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Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess


  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding


  • Night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps


  • EPC Rating: F24






Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.

Please bring a torch for night time.



Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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Royal Artillery Cottage, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Set at the heart of Culzean Castle's sandstone stable block, this cottage would originally have served as living quarters for the numerous grooms, coachmen and stable-boys in charge of the Marquess's horses.
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Its clifftop aspect gives it fine sea views across to Arran. Wheelchair users and less able-bodied guests will find the flat particularly comfortable. All on one level, it has sliding doors, and a ramped entrance. The cottage was endowed by the Royal Artillery after WWII for the use of disabled ex-servicemen.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double (can be converted to twin on request), 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and wheel-in shower


  • Gas fired under floor central heating and hot water


  • Car parking for 2 cars opposite cottage.


  • EPC Rating: E41




Additional apartments are available at Culzean.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.

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South Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

  • Dates Available
  • 2 Star Good
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Like it's counterpart, North Segganwell, this cottage lies directly beneath the castle cliffs, opening onto the beach. Thomas Davidson, the house carter, once lived at South Segganwell with his wife and 6 children.
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Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess


  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding


  • Night storage heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps


  • EPC Rating: F24






Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.

Please bring a torch for night time.



Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.



About Culzean Castle

Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.



228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.



About the area

Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.



Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.



Things to do



  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.


  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.


  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.




Getting there

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Harmony Cottage, Harmony Garden

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Scottish Borders
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Located close to Harmony Garden, this peaceful cottage lives up to its name. The views look out over Melrose Abbey, a majestic 14th century ruin, and the Eildon Hills.
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Inside, original features include flagstone flooring, wooden panelling and original fireplaces in all rooms. As well as its own small paved garden, plant-lovers' paradise Harmony Garden is only a short walk away.



Harmony can also be used for events such as wedding receptions. Additional activities must be agreed in advance with the Property Manager and will incur an additional chage.

Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment (first floor)


  • Gas central heating


  • On street and pay & display parking nearby


  • Free parking in the winter season and evenings


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: D56




Additional accommodation can be booked at Harmony, which sleeps 12. Harmony is less than a 5-minute walk from Harmony Cottage.



About Harmony Garden

Harmony Garden is a tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, vegetable and fruit, and a rich display of spring bulbs. The garden's texture, fragrance and colour change throughout the year making it a place to return to again and again. The grounds are set around an early 19th-century house (available as holiday accommodation), built by a Melrose joiner, who named it after the Jamaican pimento plantation where he made his fortune.



About the area

Melrose's history dates back to the Bronze Age. There is still a scattering of brochs in the countryside around the town, possibly a legacy of the Romans for managing the rich sheep grazing on the moors.



The town has a good selection of shops including those selling knitwear, tweeds, books and antiques. There is also a variety of restaurants serving classic Scottish fare in cosy surroundings.



In June, Harmony Garden plays host to the annual Borders Book Festival, whose past attendees include Ian Rankin and Sir David Frost.



Things to do



  • A trip to Melrose isn't complete without a wander round the Abbey. Although portions of the 12th century structure survive, the magnificent rose-stone building dates from the 1385 rebuilding. Look out for the chapter house, where Robert the Bruce's heart is said to be buried, or the statue of Scottish medieval wizard, Michael Scott.


  • Visit nearby rustic Priorwood Garden to learn about the craft of dried flower work; pick your own blooms to order and take home.


  • Walk part of the St Cuthbert's Way, following in the footsteps of the eponymous saint. The whole route takes four days and leads across the mudflats to Lindisfarne. The Melrose to St Boswell's section is 7.5 miles each way. (stcuthbertsway.info)




Getting there

Melrose lies off the A6091. Harmony Garden is opposite the Abbey. First Bus operates a route from Edinburgh and Peebles.

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Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house.
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Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.





Accommodation details



  • One storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms


  • Sitting room/dining room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Enclosed private garden


  • Shower room with WC and wash basin


  • Full central heating


  • EPC Rating: F22




About Hill of Tarvit

French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.



The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.



About the area

Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.



The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.



Things to do



  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.


  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.


  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.






Getting there

Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.



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West Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This one-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own private enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house.
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Built to house some of the estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a snug retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.



Accommodation details



  • One storey


  • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single


  • Sitting room


  • Dining kitchen


  • Utility room


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Open fire


  • Full central heating


  • Enclosed private garden


  • EPC Rating: G01






About Hill of Tarvit

French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.



The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.



About the area

Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.



The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.



Things to do



  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.


  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.


  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.






Getting there

Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.

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East Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Fife
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This single-storey Edwardian cottage is set in its own enclosed garden, near to the original stable block of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
Built originally to house some of the gardeners and estate workers who would have kept the mansion in its splendid style, it now makes a cosy retreat for families looking to explore this picturesque part of Fife.
Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 5 - 2 double and 1 single bedroom


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Dining kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Full central heating


  • Enclosed private garden


  • Parking available adjacent to the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E47






About Hill of Tarvit

French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.



The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.



About the area

Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.



The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.



Things to do



  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.


  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.


  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.






Getting there

Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.

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Beaton's Croft, Isle of Skye

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 2
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage. 'A'-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton's Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life.
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Come home to a wood-burning stove after long walks and soak up the atmosphere of traditional croft life mixed with modern amenities.



Although Wi-Fi is not available at the property you are visiting, there is mobile network coverage provided by Vodafone & O2 which will give you internet access if you have a dongle or appropriate device. Charges for internet access and data usage are available from the network operator. Please note that we do not supply PCs or laptops and that the signal can vary in strength in more remote areas.

Accommodation details



  • single storey


  • Sleeps 2 - 1 twin


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with WC


  • Night storage heaters


  • Electric water heater


  • Parking available at rear of cottage


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: F34




Only full weeks (Saturday to Saturday) available.



About Beaton's Croft

Beaton's Croft lies in the township of Bornesketaig at the north end of Skye. In the late 19th century it was built and then occupied as one of a row of four by the four Gillies brothers. Bornesketaig at that time was known as Pennicille and was most likely established as a settlement by the old church, now a ruin which stands above the township. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft.



About the area

Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world.



The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you'll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye', while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls.



Things to do



  • Stock up on Talisker whisky from the local distillery, then enjoy a picnic on the beach at nearby Talisker Bay, where it's said the Irish Giant Cuillin once waded ashore to do battle.


  • Hike up to the entrancing peaks of the Quiraing. The unusual mountain shapes were formed by a series of landslips. Look out for 'the needle', 'the table' and 'the prison'.


  • The Whitewave Outdoor Centre offers kayaking, windsurfing, archery and guided walks to make the most of Skye's landscape.




Getting there

After crossing the Skye bridge, at Kyleakin Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A87 for

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West Sands Cottage, Kincaple

  • Dates Available
  •  None
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
West Sands Cottage is furnished to an extremely high standard in a contemporary style using natural local materials. The kitchen/front door opens onto a private parking area and there is space in the courtyard for you to sit and enjoy the sun.
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This property is privately owned.



Larger groups may like to consider also booking East Sands Cottage.



We only accept telephone bookings for both West and East Sands Cottages. Please telephone 0131 458 0305 or email holidays@nts.org.uk to check availability and make a booking.



Weekly prices from �595 - �850. Short breaks (Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon) from �295..



Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double with built-in wardrobes and 1 king-size double (can be split into twin singles)


  • Sitting room with limed oak dining table, large L-shaped OKA sofa and iPod dock


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath, towel heater and underfloor heating


  • Private parking




About Kincaple

West Sands and East Sands have been recently refurbished to high specifications from the 17th century stables buildings of the original Kincaple House, and lie in secluded, wooded grounds away from the bustle of the town of St Andrews. West Sands is built on a long, narrow layout, following the pattern of the old stables, and has a long, windowed corridor on the courtyard side where the coastal light pours in. Every bit as beautiful, East Sands is built around an L shaped floor plan.



About the area

Kincaple is just outside the medieval city of St Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's oldest university. A 5-minute drive brings you to the legendary Old Course, along with the beaches, castle, cathedral ruins, shops, bars and restaurants of St Andrews. Edinburgh is an easy day trip (an hour on the train from nearby Leuchars or just over an hour in the car) and Glasgow isn't much further! Kincaple is also within easy reach of the coastal paths of the East Neuk of Fife and its picturesque fishing villages, the Angus glens, the Cairngorms, Perth and the gateway to the Highlands - all making these cottages the perfect base for exploring Central Scotland.



Things to do



  • Take a visit to Cambo House to admire its magnificent gardens.


  • Scotland's Secret Bunker is just a short drive away - discover how Scotland would have been governed from 100ft beneath the Fife countryside in the event of a nuclear attack.


  • Nearby Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden (NTS) is a magnificent Edwardian mansion that houses a splendid collecion of furniture, porcelain and paintings. Keen golfers will especially enjoy playing the 9-hole golf course with original hickory clubs..




Getting there

Kincaple is 2 miles from St Andrews, just off the A91.

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East Sands Cottage, Kincaple

  • Dates Available
  •  None
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
East Sands Cottage is furnished to an extremely high standard in a contemporary style using natural local materials. The kitchen/front door opens onto a private parking area and there is space in the courtyard for you to sit and enjoy the sun.
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This property is privately owned.



Larger groups may like to consider also booking West Sands Cottage.



We only accept telephone bookings for both West and East Sands Cottages. Please telephone 0131 458 0305 or email holidays@nts.org.uk to check availability and make a booking..



Weekly prices from �595 - �850. Short breaks (Mon - Fri or Fri - Mon) from �295..



Accommodation details



  • Single storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double with built-in wardrobes and 1 king-size double (can be split into twin singles)


  • Sitting room with limed oak dining table, large L-shaped OKA sofa and iPod dock


  • Kitchen


  • Shower room with large, walk-in power shower, pale quartz floor and eclectic New England crackle-glazed wall mosaics


  • Private parking




About Kincaple

West Sands and East Sands have been recently refurbished to high specifications from the 17th century stables buildings of the original Kincaple House, and lie in secluded, wooded grounds away from the bustle of the town of St Andrews. West Sands is built on a long, narrow layout, following the pattern of the old stables, and has a long, windowed corridor on the courtyard side where the coastal light pours in. Every bit as beautiful, East Sands is built around an L shaped floor plan.



About the area

Kincaple is just outside the medieval city of St Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's oldest university. A 5-minute drive brings you to the legendary Old Course, along with the beaches, castle, cathedral ruins, shops, bars and restaurants of St Andrews. Edinburgh is an easy day trip (an hour on the train from nearby Leuchars or just over an hour in the car) and Glasgow isn't much further! Kincaple is also within easy reach of the coastal paths of the East Neuk of Fife and its picturesque fishing villages, the Angus glens, the Cairngorms, Perth and the gateway to the Highlands - all making these cottages the perfect base for exploring Central Scotland.



Things to do



  • Take a visit to Cambo House to admire its magnificent gardens.


  • Scotland's Secret Bunker is just a short drive away - discover how Scotland would have been governed from 100ft beneath the Fife countryside in the event of a nuclear attack.


  • Nearby Hill of Tarvit Mansion and Garden (NTS) is a magnificent Edwardian mansion that houses a splendid collecion of furniture, porcelain and paintings. Keen golfers will especially enjoy playing the 9-hole golf course with original hickory clubs..




Getting there

Kincaple is 2 miles from St Andrews, just off the A91.

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Beechgrove Cottage, Pitmedden Garden

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
This sunny south-facing cottage nestles in the wooded grounds of Pitmedden Garden. The garden lies just fifteen miles from Aberdeen and features miles of geometric boxwood hedging to wander round, all secluded behind walls of granite - the same stone that gave the city its famous nickname.
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In spring and summer take advantage of Beechgrove Cottage's enclosed garden and picnic table for alfresco eating; in winter time enjoy the sitting room's open fire.



Wi-Fi is now available at the property you are visiting.

Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting/dining room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • Electric central heating


  • Night storage and panel heaters


  • Immersion water heating


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E52




About Pitmedden Garden

Five miles of immaculate boxwood hedging create the intricate patterns that weave through Pitmedden Garden. Their original design was laid out by the 1st Baronet of Pitmedden in 1675, but the with plans lost in a fire in 1807, Edinburgh's Holyroodhouse formed the template for its reconstruction.



Over 80 varieties of apple trees give off fragrant blossom in the spring and rich pickings in the autumn, while the steady drip of Pitmedden's fountains is a refreshing sound when wandering through the gardens in the summer months.



About the area

Pitmedden village is one mile away from the gardens and has the nearest local supermarket.



A few miles further away is the ancient village of Tarves, thought to have been founded as a church settlement in 600AD.



Things to do



  • The local Tolquhon Gallery is located in an old Victorian farmhouse nearby and hosts regular exhibitions. In the summertime, get inspired by the sights and scents of the gardens, and sign up for one of their weekend workshops.


  • Step into a fairytale landscape at Fyvie Castle, just over 20 miles away. Not only do the sculpted turrets and fine tapestries look the part, but the castle is steeped in legends, and rumour has it, harbours the odd ghost or two.


  • Haddo House, near the ancient village of Tarves is a sprawling Georgian country mansion, set in an estate that would make a Jane Austen heroine swoon.




Getting there

By Car: On A920, to the north-west of Pitmedden village and 14 miles north of Aberdeen.

By bicycle: 2 miles from NCN1

By bus: Infrequent bus service from Aberdeen stops on the B999 by Hillside in Pitmedden. From there, take a short 10 minute walk through the woodland to the cottage. Service number 290/1. Tel: (01224) 212266.

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Port Donnel Cottage, Rockcliffe

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
At the end of a small private road, this secluded bright white cottage looks out onto the winding water of the Urr estuary. The garden leads to a pebble beach.
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It's no surprise that Port Donnel is one of our most popular holiday cottages. Rockcliffe village is part of the Trust's 109 acre nature reserve of coastline, fringed with wild flowers, sailing villages and a bird sanctuary.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin, 1 double (can be made twin on request), 1 single


  • Sitting room


  • Kitchen


  • Dining room


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • WC with wash basin


  • Oil-fired central heating, also heats water


  • Parking available beside the cottage


  • EPC Rating: E50




  • We regret to inform you that the fire at the property is no longer in use



About Rockcliffe

Rockcliffe forms part of the Trust's conservation area, a sweep of coastline that runs along the shores of the Solway Firth. Painted white villages such as Rockcliffe itself and Kippford line the seafront. Inland, the shore gives way to patches of ancient woodland and wildflower meadows. A network of trails weaves through the area, including the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford.



About the area

Colvend village is about a mile away where you'll find a post office, general store, farm shop and golf course as well as a new Tourist Information office. Seven miles further is the country town of Dalbeattie, once famous in the early 19th century for its mills and granite industry. As well as shops for stocking up there's also a museum featuring an exhibition on Titanic's First Officer Murdoch, a local from the town.



Things to do



  • Pay a visit to Kirkcudbright, the 'artists' town', a short drive away. Visit the rose-pink 18th century Broughton House, once home to Glasgow Boys artist E A Hornel, and stock up on fresh fish for tea.


  • Rough Island, a bird sanctuary also owned by the Trust, can be reached on foot at low tide. There you'll see oystercatchers and ringed plovers - but please leave dogs behind!


  • Tee off on one of the area's 30 golf courses. Portpatrick's 9-hole course is close to the ruined Dunskey Castle which juts on a promontory out to sea.




Getting there

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Gate Lodge, Threave Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 5
  • 3
  • Not allowed
This rosy 19th century sandstone lodge guards the entrance to the Threave Estate, with a perfect view onto Threave's famous gardens that bloom with daffodils in the spring. The Housekeeper to the Gordon family once lived here. Now it's a fantastic base for families to escape to a haven of wildlife and baronial splendour.
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The lodge has views over the glassy surface of Carlingwark Loch, while an open fire and a garden (not enclosed) with patio furniture make it comfortable and cosy both inside and out.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 5 - 1 twin (first floor), 1 double (ground floor), 1 single (first floor)


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Separate dining room


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Additional WC with shower and wash basin


  • Oil-fired central heating/hot water


  • Large unenclosed garden


  • Parking available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: E49




For larger groups, Millwheel and Granary Cottages can be booked, each sleeping 4.



About Threave Estate

Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.



About the area

Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.



Things to do



  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.


  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.


  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.




Getting there

Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.

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Granary Cottage, Threave Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Granary Cottage forms one half of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th century water mill used to process corn during the years when the Solway area was a hub of industry. The old mill's character has been preserved with a broad open-plan feel, high-beamed ceilings and country-style furniture.
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It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. After WWII, it became a farm store, and was later used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would have once powered the mill.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins


  • Sitting room


  • Large open-plan kitchen with dining area


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • Separate WC


  • Walled patio


  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating


  • Immersion water heating


  • Car parking available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: F35




We welcome families with children to Granary Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.



For larger groups, Millwheel Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.



About Threave Estate

Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.



About the area

Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.



Things to do



  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.


  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.


  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.




Getting there

Threave is just off the A75, 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.

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Millwheel Cottage, Threave Estate

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Dumfries & Galloway
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
The machinery may have gone from this converted 19th century mill, but the atmosphere has been preserved, in its beamed ceilings and its antique furniture. The old Kelton Mill was built in the early 19th century and processed corn until after WWII.
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It's thought that a mill existed on the site since the 15th century. It was later turned into a farm store, then used for community barn dances. Views from the back patio look across the Slackie Burn that would once have powered the mill.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins (1 with steps leading down to it)


  • Sitting room with dining area


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with shower over bath


  • WC


  • Woodland area at rear of property


  • Portable electric heaters, white meter heating available


  • Immersion water heating


  • Car parking available


  • Public transport accessible


  • EPC Rating: F27




We welcome families with children to Millwheel Cottage but parents/guardians should be aware of the stream behind the cottage as well as the road in front of the accommodation and should not let children play unattended.



For larger groups, Granary Cottage next door sleeps 4 people, while Gate Lodge at the entrance to Threave sleeps 5.



About Threave Estate

Staying at Threave means you'll be able to make the most of the many things there are to see and do. This 14th century estate once belonged to the 'Black' Douglas family but was bought in 1867 by a successful Liverpool businessman who set about building the baronial mansion at the heart of the gardens. Threave's 1,490-acres weave through wetlands, woodlands, peat and rock gardens. Inside the house, themed rooms give a flavour of 1930s mansion life for Scotland's upper crust. Lose yourself in the secret garden, take a wander round the open-air sculpture collection and keep an eye out for bats; Threave is one of Scotland's hotspots for them.



About the area

Threave lies about a mile from Castle Douglas, the 'Food Town', known for its fine fresh local produce, its brewers, butchers and delicatessens. Castle Douglas was established in the late 18th century, along the same grid plan as Edinburgh's New Town, and thrived as a market hub. Its 1900 hexagonal Auction Mart is still in use today. In the surrounding countryside red squirrels, woodpeckers, badgers and hares make their home.



Things to do



  • Stock up on fresh-grown fruit and vegetables from the Threave estate, available from the estate shop, and make the most of Gate Lodge's kitchen.


  • Take a drive to Kirkcudbright, 'The Artists' Town', just over 20 miles away to see Broughton House, the rose-pink former home of Glasgow Boys painter E A Hornel.


  • Rockcliffe, the Trust-owned sweep of pebble beaches and ancient woodland is a short drive away. Visit the ruined Dark Age citadel Mote of Mark or walk between the sailing villages that line the seafront.




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Stalker's Cottage, Torridon

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 4
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
Torridon is a hiker's dream; acres of craggy mountains, sheer peaks and rare wildlife. This whitewashed cottage lies nestled at the base of dramatic hills and offers the perfect wild retreat for lovers of the outdoors.
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Two open fires provide welcome warmth after a day's exploring, while the rough lawn at the rear of the cottage is yours to sit and soak up the awe-inspiring views. Keep an eye out for deer, otters and golden eagles.



Accommodation details



  • 1 storey


  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 2 singles


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Dining room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom with bath and shower


  • Night storage and panel heaters


  • Water heated by immersion


  • Parking available


  • EPC Rating: G18




In extreme weather conditions access to Torridon may be difficult.



About Torridon

Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6,500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic.



The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.



About the area

Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.



Things to do



  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.


  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.


  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.




Getting there

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Glen Cottage, Torridon

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Highlands, Western Isles & Northern Isles
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This historic cottage lies tucked at the foot of some of Scotland's most breathtaking mountains. Torridonian sandstone peaks, sheer slopes and hulking munros form the backdrop for a wildlife-lovers' hideaway where you can truly get away from it all.
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Deer, otters and golden eagles make their home in the vicinity. Keep an eye out for them while hiking or relaxing in the cottage's enclosed garden.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 6 - 2 double, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with wood-burning stove


  • Large dining kitchen with wood-burning stove


  • 2 shower rooms one on ground floor and one on first floor


  • Night storage and panel heaters


  • Immersion water heating


  • EPC Rating: E39




In extreme weather conditions, access to Torridon may be difficult.



About Torridon

Torridon refers to both the local village and the estate it lies in, a 6500 hectare wilderness on the shores of Loch Torridon. Five of the Trust's 46 munros are located within the estate including Beinn Alligin, 985m (3,230ft), which means 'jewelled hill' in Gaelic. The Trust's Countryside Centre has information on the history, geology and wildlife of the region.



About the area

Wild isolation is what draws most people to Torridon, but for essential supplies Torridon village and Kinlochewe are the places to head. Settlements have a long history in the area as it was used for processing pig iron in the 17th century. These days you'll find general stores, a postal service and the triple rosette-winning Torridon Hotel Restaurant.



Things to do



  • Inverewe Garden is just over an hour's drive away. Here you can wander through an exotic paradise of rare and colourful flora perched on a breezy hillside above Loch Ewe.


  • Corrieshalloch Gorge is also around an hour away. This cleave in the mountains, through which the River Droma charges, was created 2.6 million years ago by Ice Age meltwater and offers spine-tingling views from its swaying suspension bridge.


  • Children will love the local deer park, or beachcombing for crabs on the shores of Loch Torridon.






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Garden Cottage, Towie Barclay Castle

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Aberdeen & Grampian
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
This charming cottage is set next to the courtyard of 16th century Towie Barclay Castle. Its restoration won the Civic Trust Award, in honour of its beautifully preserved period features such as the stone-flagged floors and timber ceilings.
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In summertime relax in the cottage's private, enclosed garden and make use of the barbeque, or drive off into the wooded countryside to explore this historic part of the north.



Accommodation details



  • 2 storey


  • Sleeps 4-6 - 2 doubles plus double sofa bed in study off master bedroom


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Dining Kitchen


  • Shower room


  • Utility room


  • Master bedroom has en suite bathroom with sauna


  • Private garden with patio and barbeque


  • WiFi


  • Electric Dimplex heating




...Our guests said...

"..we felt at home the moment we stepped in the door..."



"..full of charm and character. The tour of the castle and coffee was very much appreciated and a highlight of our stay".



About Towie Barclay Castle

Towie Barclay Castle, some 4 miles south of the market town of Turriff in Aberdeenshire, was built in the 16th century by the Barclay family. The castle lay in ruins until 1971 when an award-winning programme of restoration was carried out by the present owners. It is now privately owned.



About the area

In the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, close to Royal Deeside, whisky distilleries, museums, over 50 golf courses, historical sites and the cliffs of the Moray coast, Towie Barclay is an ideal base from which to discover the many lesser-known jewels in Scotland's crown.



Things to do



  • A visit to the area would not be complete without taking in breathtaking Fyvie Castle, a few miles away. A little further afield, (approx 1.5 hours drive) Craigievar Castle is another fabulous example of turretted Scottish Baronial architecture.


  • Crovie village, perched on a ledge between cliff and sea and too narrow to even allow cars, is approximately 20 miles away. Take a walk along the pebble beach and keep an eye out for bottlenosed dolphins.




Getting there

The cottage is situated just off the A947, 4 miles from Turriff. Aberdeen is 27 miles away.



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