Best Large Holiday Homes in Scotland

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On this page, I’m going to show you the best large holiday cottages in Scotland, along with things to do nearby.

All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout.

24 Best Large Houses to Rent in Scotland

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Dolce Casa

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | WiFi | Open fire | Hot tub | Near a pub | Games room

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A delightful detached two storey cottage in Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park.

Things to do: Mountain biking, fishing, golfing, walking in the surrounding hills and woodlands, birdwatching and Castle and Whisky trails.

Knock Old Castle

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub

Dates back to the 14th-century this castle has a unique design with ancient turrets, modern interiors and handcrafted wooden features.

Lovely gardens with a hot tub that overlooks the countryside and the sea, along with a sauna in one of the turrets.

The property is located on the Ayrshire coast, only a short walk from the shore and close to the bustling town of Largs with shops, restaurants and a promenade.

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Things to do: Ideal location to explore the islands of Cumbrae, Arran and the Isle of Bute.

Ferries run to Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula, giving access to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Close to the start of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, a 100 mile long coastal walk.

There is an abundance of walking, cycling, gardens and castles to visit, riding, fishing, racing and a choice of golf courses, including the world famous open venues of Troon Prestwick and Turnberry.

Crosston Farm

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Hot tub

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Converted farmhouse just outside Fofar.

Things to do: Great location for trips to the Coast. Abroath, Stonehaven, St Andrews all within easy reach.

Also great for the National Park with trips to Balmoral, Braemar. Stirling. 

Cardean Mill

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Near a pub

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Built in 1840 and located in the idyllic, tranquil riverside location, Cardean Mill is a beautiful property perched between two bridges with picturesque surroundings.

Things to do: Gleneagles and St. Andrews are a 45 minute drive away, there is an outdoor activity centre and canoeing, walking and cycling tracks.

Explore Glamis Castle or take a day trip to the ski centre nearby.

Grannda Mhor

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | WiFi | Near a pub

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An incredibly special Scottish Cottage set back into the hillside, its full length panoramic window taking advantage of the most spectacular seascape views to the south-west across Asknish Bay.

Things to do: Visit Craobh Haven, a popular holiday and sailing village. 

Atlas

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub

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Set in idyllic countryside near the hamlet of Galcantray, this fabulous lodge is a twenty-minute drive from Inverness Airport and only three miles from the pretty village of Cawdor.

Things to do: Cawdor and its castle made famous in Macbeth is only three miles away from where you can enjoy a meal in the Cawdor Tavern.

Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is nine miles away and has an array of good quality restaurants and lively pubs.

Failte

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub | Seaside

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An absolutely stunning stone cottage centrally located in the charming fishing village of Portknockie on the beautiful Moray Firth coast. 

Things to do: The Moray Firth coastline is quite dramatic, and the famous dolphins can be seen regularly as they pass by.

This east coast has many small fishing villages. For whisky lovers, it is easy to access the Malt Whisky Trail and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Visit nearby Cullen with its white sandy beach and popular links golf course.

Aurae

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub | Sauna

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This detached Highland lodge is situated in a wonderful location with uninterrupted views towards the Black Isle and Ben Wyvis.

Things to do: Visit the attractive seaside town of Nairn with its fabulous sandy beach, or revel in the history of the area with a visit to Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial ground.

Cawdor and its castle made famous in Macbeth is three miles away from where you can enjoy a meal in the Cawdor Tavern.

Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, is nine miles away and has an array of good quality restaurants and lively pubs. 

Strathnaver

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub | Games Room

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This delightful cottage is situated on the outskirts of the village of Kinloss, close to the shores of the beautiful Moray Firth in Morayshire.

Things to do: There is also a small snug/music room complete with Yamaha piano and DVD library.

There is also a separate Freeview TV with DVD player.

A short drive will take you to the idyllic coastal village of Findhorn, with its pretty marina and golden sandy beaches.

Low Park

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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This characterful, detached property can be found near the village of New Galloway.

Things to do: For local amenities, you will find the closest shop and pub within 2.5 miles of the property, situated in the village of New Golloway.

To keep you busy whilst staying at the property, you can take a walk along the Loch Ken, or adventure around the Galloway Forest Park, where you can find red deer.

Bridgend House

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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This superb detached house is on the village green, set in the heart of the very popular Loch Ness village of Drumnadrochit.

Things to do: There is a beautifully kept garden to the front and the rear of the property.

The gate at the bottom of the garden provides direct access to the River Enrick, a great fishing spot.

Clachnaben View Lodge

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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This contemporary-styled lodge is situated on an elevated site, close to the village of Banchory, from which open views can be enjoyed across the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside.

Things to do:  The nearby town of Banchory is a smart place with lots of quality restaurants and bistros.

The area offers a wealth of cycle trails and walking routes with lots of wildlife along the way.

Katchana

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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An appealing and unusual detached property in the isolated hamlet of Farr, one mile from the village of Kincraig, between Kingussie and Aviemore.

Things to do: Sit and relax in the fabulous hot tub or enjoy outdoor activities in the Cairngorms National Park, relax in the wonderful surroundings or tour the area’s many attractions and trails.

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6 Whitecraigs Crescent

Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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Resting away from the hustle and bustle of the historic town of Hamilton, is this impressive, detached property, 6 Whitecraigs Crescent.

Things to do: While staying here, spend some time at Loch Lomond, where you will find opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing and canoeing.

You can explore the Trossachs National Park, where you will find rolling hills and forests offering hiking and leisurely strolls.

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Sobrachan

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open fire | Hot tub | Games room

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This house is in the most beautiful setting overlooking Loch Awe.

Things to do: Visit Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. Head to the harbour town of Oban, with regular ferries to the Western isles.

The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is also nearby.

Knowehead Bothy

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open fire | Hot tub | Games room

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This contemporary stone property is set amid Aberdeenshire countryside, near the lovely village of Insch.

Things to do: Cairngorms can be reached by car.

An hour’s drive from the Lecht and Glenshee ski centres.

Riverside House

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Near a pub

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This detached house is situated in the town of Blairgowrie in Scotland.

Riverside House sits on the verges of the River Ericht.

Things to do: Perth and Dundee are within easy reach.

Suffolk Cottage

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub 

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Being the largest of the Meiklebob Cottages, Suffolk Cottage derives its name from the largest kind of sheep that lives on the farm; Suffolk.

This lovely property is located next to nine other cottages and sits on the fringes of Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway.

Things to do: Sit out in the hot tub in the evening within the enclosed garden and star gaze with your loved ones and take it all in.

The surrounding area offers many opportunities for activities and fun, make Suffolk your property choice for a holiday in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Berryburn

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Games room

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A regal Victorian house situated just three miles from the famous runaway wedding destination of Gretna Green.

Things to do: Gretna Green is within easy reach. Visit scenic Solway Firth.

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Mountain Bear Lodge

Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub

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A timber clad lodge set in a peaceful setting half a mile from the forest village of Nethy Bridge.

A great base for exploring the northern Highlands.

Things to do: There is a range of outdoor activities including skiing and snowboarding, mountain and quad biking that you can take part in.

Go for a trip on the Cairngorm Mountain Railway or visit Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

Auburn Cottage

Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub 

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This detached house is situated in the centre of two golf courses at Letham Grange near Arbroath.

Things to do: Relax in the hot tub on a sunny afternoon or make the most of the fun-filled games room.

The town of Arbroath is a short distance away with its sandy beaches, coastal walking and cycling, as well as golf courses.

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Suidhe Lodge

Sleeps 15 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Hot tub | Near a pub

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A stunning Victorian lodge, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, in the village of Kincraig.

Things to do: The nearby Alvie Estate offers clay pigeon shooting, 4×4 off road driving and horse riding.

Visit the Highland Wildlife Park.

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Dalvey House

Sleeps 18 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets No | WiFi | Open fire

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Adam style mansion in stunning landscaped grounds, close to Forres, one of Scotland’s oldest small towns.

Things to do: Take a trip from Chanory Point to do some dolphin watching.

Head to Culbin Forest, which borders lovely beaches and offers great cycling and walking routes.

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Ormidale House

Sleeps 33 | Bedrooms 13 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Hot tub | Games Room

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A grand, stately home set in the heart of Ormidale near the villages of Tighnabruaich and Colintraive.

A real secluded, rural location with spectacular wildlife surroundings and breath-taking vistas.

Things to do: The area is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, ideally located on Argyll’s Secret Coast, which is made up of beautiful, wild and rugged land and sea.

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