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The highlands of Scotland is the most wonderful place to rent a holiday cottage - the outdoor pursuits are possibly the best in the world. The scenery is breathtaking - mountains rise up admidst wild and rugged countryside, isolated crofts and tiny fishing villages cling on to the coast. This is dramatic and remote countryside, with fabulous white sandy beaches (you will often be the only people within sight). Sparsely populated, so the feeling of space is exhilarating. You can lose all sense of time whilst exploring the vast and empty landscape of northern Scotland.
Some of the best places to rent a holiday cottage include Ross-shire (Strathconon and Strathpepper are popular), west highlands such as Applecross and Glenelg, Brora, Dornoch, Lochinver, Caithness and Sutherland. You will find a great selection of remote and often isolated holiday cottages here. Walking is a great attraction of the area - the rugged beauty of a day in the mountains, followed by a dram by a cosy log fire in your holiday cottage in the evening, leave you refreshed and far away from 21st century life. The northern highlands have wild expanses of moorland and areas such as Assynt offer some remote and exhilerating walking. The Applecross peninsula is a great place to experence the slow pace of highland life, and has a great selection of self catering and bed and breakfast accommodation. The wildlife in the northern highlands is abundant - deer, ptters, seals, whales, porpoises and pine martens can be seen. Even if you are not that interested in birds you will soon find yourself keen to spot birds if you are on holiday here - the shear volume and variety of bird life is just amazing (sea birds are particularly fascinating). The highlands of Scotland are an ideal place to spend New Year (Hogmanay) and there are plenty of rental properties available for you to stay and celebrate in a New Year cottage - often surrounded by snow-covered mountains and glens.
There are some gorgeous and luxury holiday cottages in highlands: holiday cottages in Applecross to rent for an idyllic vacation in Scotland, holiday cottages Glenelg for a hideaway by the sea, holiday cottages Ross-shire in the lovely countryside, self catering highlands cottages for a last minute holiday, scottish highland cottages to recharge your batteries with a short break in Scotland. If you want to do bird watching in highlands of Scotland then these self-catering cottages are an ideal place to stay to view some amazing birds.
Wester Ross is a stunning county and there are some wonderful holiday cottages to rent in Wester Ross. If you are on a self-catering holiday here then a lovely drive is down Glen Torridon, under the peaks of Beinn Eighe and along the shores of Loch Maree to Gairloch. Shieldaig is a little fishing village with pretty whitewashed cottages (some of which are available to rent) looking onto the loch. There is a twisty road that leads to Applecross - a remote seaside village with stunniing views towards Raasay and Scalpay and on a clear day (of which there are many) you can see the hills of Skye. Take the road on around Loch Carron to Plockton - also a popular part of the highlands to rent a cottage. Plockton is a picture-postcard village with palm trees, fishermen's cottages (again, some are hired out for vacation rentals) and sailing boats. It is a stunning location with a sheltered bay and is also popular with sailors. North of Torridon is Gairloch, which has a beautiful sandy beach, marine life cntres and sea fishing. There are sea cruises available at various highland locations, including Gairloch, Shieldaig and Plockton, to see minke whale, porpoises and grey sea. In the north of Wester Ross is Poolewe and Inverewe Gardens on Loch Ewe is a popular attraction with holiday makers staying in the area - indeed many make the trip to this north part of Scotland especially to visit Inverewe. This 64 acre garden was established by Osgood Mackenzie in the mid 19th century and the gulf stream means this is a subtropical paradise. Renting a holiday cottage near Shieldaig, a croft near Torridon, a fisherman's cottage in Gairloch, or a holiday house at Plockton will give you a chance to explore this stunning part of Scotland - once you visit Scotland for a vacation you will certainly return.