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Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is a breath-taking mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. With the title of Britain's highest mountain range, this vast area boasts endless forests, meandering rivers and lochs, as well as some of the best wildlife to be seen anywhere in the UK. The Cairngorms National Park, that contains the famous mountain range, also holds a title – that of the UK's largest national park. As such, it is carefully protected, preserving the stunning landscapes. Read more

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57.057890, -3.979987

Perfect for active families and couples, this quiet holiday cottage sleeps up to five people in three comfortable bedrooms. The interior is spacious with lots of natural light through windows that frame woodland views. There is plenty of space outside as well, with both the house and garden being child and pet-friendly. Aonach, which has accommodation all on one level, is in the Cairngorms National Park, three miles from Kingussie and within easy reach of Aviemore. Beautiful walks and mountain bike trails lead from the door, with the cottage having secure bike storage and off-street parking.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £675
Short breaks from £96 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.051128, -4.133526

A Highland holiday should be at the top of everyone's travel list, and where better than in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland? Nuide Farmhouse is perfect for self-catering with family and friends as it's big enough to sleep ten people in five bedrooms, yet not too large that you'll feel overwhelmed or lost. The holiday home is on the family-run 23,000-acre Railia Estate in the upper Spey Valley, 11 miles from Aviemore. The local area is home to fantastic for walking, mountain biking, salmon fishing, golf, deer stalking, and more. Swim or canoe on beautiful lochs, hunt for Nessie, ski and snowboard, or settle back with a drink and the incredible views. 

Weekly guide price:
£1075 to £2000
Short breaks from £240 per night

10  |   5  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

57.083729, -4.282906

Sitting in a spectacular position within walking distance of Newtonmore in the Cairngorms National Park, this Highland house provides a warm welcome and an impressive venue for large groups of fifteen. Stunning scenery, incredible outdoor pursuits on the doorstep and the chance to sample a taste of Scottish living.

Weekly guide price:
£1095 to £3090
Short breaks from £275 per night

15  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.430284, -3.339243

STB 5-Star Weiroch Lodge provides truly memorable accommodation. Affording a spectacular position and surrounded by stunning Speyside scenery in picturesque Morayshire, this gorgeous Scottish Lodge is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and for those seeking a peaceful getaway. In the heart of Whisky country with the Cairngorms close by, the area has an abundance of attractions. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£1190 to £1875

6+2  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Sunday | 5 Star

56.888301, -4.836918

A traditional blacksmith's croft within walking distance of Roybridge village centre and pubs. The two-bed holiday cottage is ideal for couples or families, with a sofa-bed in case you want to accommodate two more friends for a few days. The cottage is quiet, with lovely views of the woods and mountains, yet only a short drive or train journey from Fort William where there is a variety of places to eat, drink and shop. Local attractions include Monessie Gorge, Glen Nevis, Glencoe and the Aonach Mor Gondola. Licence (Provisional) HI-40348-P EPC:F

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1033

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

57.307420, -3.662231

Two separate, peaceful cottages in their own gardens high up above the Highland village of Dulnain Bridge with walks from the front doors and panoramic views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Recommended by wildlife photographer Karen Miller, the cottages are surrounded by fields in a haven for birds/wildlife. 4G available at the cottages for Internet access via mobiles. Guests return years after year to enjoy the scenery, tranquility and the cosy cottages.

Weekly guide price:
£290 to £620
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.201873, -3.826324

Whatever your reason for visiting the Cairngorms National Park, you'll find a warm welcome at Allt na Braighe. The modern three-bedroom bungalow is in a quiet cul-de-sac just north of the centre of Aviemore, putting you within walking distance of shops, pubs and public transport if you choose to leave the car at home. With skiing, mountain biking, fishing, golf, hiking and white water rafting being just a few of the activities on offer, the kids won't have a chance to say "I'm bored"! Each bedroom can be set up either as a double or twin bedroom and there are two separate living rooms to make Allt na Braighe a comfortably versatile property for couples, families and groups of friends.

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £805

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.361925, 0.374892

Teaghlach is a modern and spacious home with a warm and cosy feel. The house can accommodate twelve people easily. Perfect for families or friends who want to spend quality time together on holiday. 

Weekly guide price:
£1250 to £2678
Short breaks from £300 per night

12  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

57.180518, -3.098513

Torranbuie is a typical Victorian Farmstead, there’s a date on the Steading of 1887 but there’s been a Farm at the location going back to the 1700’s. Both the Steading and the Farmhouse have been restored to provide spacias and comfortable family accommodation. The Farm occupies a plot of 3 acres, the house has a secure grass paddock of 1/3 acre directly in front, perfect for children and dogs  Strathdon is better described as a parish occupied along the river Don which rises in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains flowing some 60 miles to the coast near Aberdeen. The Don is fished along most of it’s length for both Salmon and Trout. On the last Saturday in August the Lonach Games and Gathering takes place with a full program of Games, Dancing and Music. What makes the Gathering special the world over is the march of the Lonach Highlanders in full military regalia with swords and pikes. They assemble early in Bellabeg to march up the Glen, calling at a number of large houses for refreshment. Having been on the march in the 70’s drinking large glasses of whiskey early in the morning is a challenge. The marchers go around the games arena to open the games and recover from their exertions. A single track road leads from the main A944 to Torranbuie, parking is adjacent the road which is ploughed in the winter, at a thousand feet we can get heavy snow.  The Cottage is very well insulated and has a oil fired AGA Cooker in a very large Country Kitchen providing constant heat and hot water. A sitting room with a Wood Stove is off the Kitchen with a TV and all the usual gadgets. Wifi is also available with Data Transfer on  mobiles. The family Bathroom is on the ground floor with twin hand basins, shower, bath and WC. There is a Bedroom next to the Bathroom with twin single beds, all the rooms look out over the front Garden. At the back door is a large glass house used for plants in the summer and logs in the winter. The main Bedrooms are upstairs 1 with a double and one with 2 singles. For comfort there’s a bathroom between the Bedrooms with a WC and hand Basin. Strathdon is well placed for touring with Aberdeen, Inverness and the Moray coast within an hour and twenty minutes. All the outdoor activities are available and listed on this site.  

Weekly price:
£575 all year

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.385817, -3.461916

There is so much to do in every season, whether you're a lover of the great outdoors, a gourmand, a golfer, or you simply need a holiday home that is private, spacious and welcoming for family and friends. Easter Duiar sleeps ten people in five bedrooms with space for two more on a sofa bed. This former gamekeeper's hut has been extended and refurbished to provide an excellent standard of self-catering accommodation in a spectacular location on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. It is in Advie in the Spey Valley, within easy reach of ski fields and the glorious Moray coast. 

Weekly guide price:
£1800 to £2750
Short breaks from £400 per night

11+1  |   5  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Cottages in the Cairngorms

A quintessential Highland setting, the cherished Cairngorms provide plenty of outdoor pursuits with mountainous treks for the adventurous types and an exciting mountain railway for those who prefer to travel in style. The railway is fully accessible by wheelchair along with a trail to the summit, so nobody need miss out on the chance to climb Britain's highest mountain range.

Once you've reached the summit and worked up an appetite, you can treat yourself to lunch at the Ptarmigan Restaurant – officially the highest restaurant in the UK. You can even get some retail therapy courtesy of the 'shop at the top'.

Though the mountain range is understandably the main attraction, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy and sites to see in the Cairngorms. History fans will will be at home here with the many castles in the area, such as Braemar Castle, which has guided tours from knowledgeable local guides. There are also museums, leisure centres, art venues and beautiful gardens.

The area is home to a number of breweries and distilleries that are well worth a trip, such as the Glenlivet Distillery, offering daily tours that include a complimentary dram of the good stuff. If traditional ales are more your taste, the Cairngorm Brewery also offers tours and a shop full of quality local beers and ales.

A fascinating area that represents the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms is an unforgettably beautiful area to truly get away from it all. Find out more things to do in the Cairngorms.