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19 Amazing Remote Cottages in Scotland You Need to Stay In [2021]

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Maybe it’s just the introvert in me but I can’t think of anything much dreamier than retreating to one of these remote cottages in Scotland for an off-grid escape. Whether you run away to the mountains or to the beach, you’re guaranteed to feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily modern life. Coming back to ‘real-life’ feeling refreshed, these gorgeous getaways will have you craving more me time. So sit back and get ready to discover 19 amazing remote cottages in Scotland you need to stay in.

Remote Cottages in the Scottish Highlands

1. Waterfront Farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £215 for 8 people

Location: Exactly midway between the city of Inverness and iconic Loch Ness

Let’s kick off this list of remote cottages in Scotland by shouting out this unique, newly refurbished waterfront farmhouse, shall we? Set in the middle of a historic private Highland estate with its own drive and electric security gate, this waterfront cottage definitely ticks the ‘remote’ box. The secluded cottage has an extensive, fully-fenced garden and orchard going down to the canal. So there are plenty of private outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. At the front, there’s a raised deck with outdoor dining facilities and soft seating, perfect for lounging outside on warm summer evenings. And at the back, you’ll find a separate BBQ and fire pit with its own seating.

Inside, the cottage is just as stunning. Marrying modern practicality with many antique and original features, the cottage is full of charm. You’ll find four bedrooms inside, three king-sized beds and one twin bed, each with ample storage and the best Egyptian cotton bed linen. Seriously, you’ll want to melt into these beds.

The spacious open-plan kitchen and diner boast views to the canal and the hills and comes complete with all amenities. These include a juicer, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, and Nespresso coffee machine. Nearby you’ll find a separate cosy sitting room with a log burner, Freeview Sat smart TV, DVD player and plenty of DVDs for all the family. There’s also a good selection of board games, cards and books to suit every taste!

2. Heather Cottage in the Scottish Highlands

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Minimum stay: 5 nights

Price per night: From £185 for 5 people

Location: Kiltarlity, a small village in the Scottish Highlands, 12 miles west of Inverness

This luxury semi-detached cottage is perfect for a relaxing break for couples or families. It boasts a contemporary open-plan living area with comfy sofas and Smart TV, a dining and kitchen area, cosy bedrooms with plump pillows, and sumptuous bathrooms with fluffy towels. Everything you could possibly need to make your stay a relaxing one!

However, my favourite thing about this remote Scottish cottage is the panoramic views overlooking Glen Strathfarrar. You can enjoy these from the fabulous deck and wood-fired hot tub. The patio doors from the sitting room lead out to the enclosed garden where the hot tub is accompanied by garden furniture. You’ll also find patio doors from the master bedroom that open out onto a balcony. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of your favourite tipple in hand!

Although Heather Cottage is semi-detached, it still belongs on this list of secluded cottages in Scotland because it feels very private. High perimeter fences and your own parking area make it still feel like you’re getting away from it all!

3. Bluebell Cottage in the Scottish Highlands

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £279 for 4 people

Location: Just a stone’s throw from the iconic Glencoe, on the edge of Loch Leven

Glencoe is one of my favourite places so it’s no surprise that Bluebell Cottage made it onto this list of remote cottages in Scotland! Tucked away in beautiful woodland with views across the golf course, the cottage makes the perfect base for sightseeing. With a king-size bed and a double bed, it’s a great space for friends or two sets of couples to get away from it all.

The space comes complete with many luxuries such as a brand-new four-person hot tub, contemporary log burning stove, two-person bath with mood lighting, high spec kitchen, ECO Air Source and underfloor heating in the bathroom. Sounds like a dream to me! And to top it all off, you’ll also enjoy the Egyptian Cotton linens and fluffy towels, free Wi-Fi and Freeview Satelite TV on the 42-inch Smart TV in the lounge.

Remote Cottages in the Cairngorms

4. An Cala in the Cairngorms

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Minimum stay: 2 nights

Price per night: From £300 for 10 people

Location: Nethy Bridge, a small village with many walking trails in the forest and along the river

This might be one of my favourite rural cottages in Scotland for that living space alone. I mean, just look at it! ‘An Cala’ translates to ‘The Haven’ in Gaelic and that perfectly sums up what this cottage is. With two cosy log fires, a hot tub, outdoor shower, big private deck, and the most amazing living space imaginable, An Cala truly is a ‘get away from it all’ getaway. It’s even surrounded by trees to make you feel even more secluded!

Perfect for those who are after a shorter stay, An Cala is a great base from which to explore the beauty of the Cairngorms. It’s especially ideal for families or big groups of friends as you have three king-size bedrooms and four single beds to spread yourselves across. The living space benefits from an American style fridge and freezer, dishwasher, washer, dryer, and a huge dining room table in the centre of the room. Perfect for hours of entertainment!

5. Braenedin Cottage in the Cairngorms

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Minimum stay: 4 nights

Price per night: From £80 for 8 people

Location: Aundorach, a small settlement one mile south of the stunning Loch Garten

What makes Braenedin Cottage so special is its truly unique, beautiful and peaceful location. Situated up a track on Torehill by Tulloch, there’s an abundance of native Scottish wildlife right on your doorstep. Expect to see red squirrels, woodland birds and even badgers visiting the garden. Wonderful walks to the Torehill woodlands, Abernethy Forest and Cairngorm mountains start right outside your door.

The newly modernised cottage is also nothing short of dreamy. Using locally sourced products wherever possible, the space has been designed to make your stay as cosy as possible. Inside, you’ll find two double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a bunk room with some of the comfiest beds you’ll ever find. Don’t worry about feeling the cold because the cottage benefits from a newly installed, environmentally friendly Airsource heating system as well as a highly effective wood burner in the living room.

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But perhaps my favourite thing about Braenedin Cottage is the breathtaking views over the Strathspey valley to the Cairngorms that you can enjoy right from the comfort of your kitchen. Or just slide open the double doors which give access onto the well-positioned deck from which you can enjoy the views in all their glory!

6. Secluded Luxury Cottage in the Cairngorms

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £150 for 4 people

Location: Boat of Garten, a small village just a 12-minute drive from Aviemore

Built to the highest standards, this luxury eco-built cottage is set in a secluded position at the edge of the woods. Ideal for a couple, or a couple with two children, the cottage has one bedroom with a king-size bed and a sofa bed. The space is heated by an Air Source Heat Pump, underfloor heating, and a cosy log burner with wood provided, so you’ll stay nice and toasty even in the colder months. You definitely won’t have any chance of being bored here. The open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area benefits from a wall-hung Smart TV and various books, maps and games etc for your entertainment.

However, my favourite thing about the cottage is its large terrace. Covering two sides of the cottage, it provides ample space for the BBQ and hot tub. You can sit back and relax in the outdoor hot tub or on the outdoor furniture, enjoying uninterrupted views across birch wood towards the Cairngorms. If you’re lucky, you may spot the pine martin in the morning or the squirrels having their breakfast. And although the cottage is in the large garden of Docharn Lodge, neither the house nor the cottage is overlooked by the other or any other property and each remains very private.

7. Calluna Cottage in the Cairngorms

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £110 for 4 people

Location: Just a short walk into Aviemore village along a footpath, or a 5-minute drive

Moving swiftly on to Calluna Cottage, the last of the remote holiday cottages in the Cairngorms. Although this cottage is located in a small cul-de-sac, making it one of the less secluded cottages in Scotland, there’s no passing traffic so it’s a very quiet area. Plus, the views alone warrant a visit! This bright, modern semi-detached cottage sleeps two adults and two children with a king-sized bedroom and a king-sized sofa bed in the living room. The cottage is dog-friendly too so you can even bring your furry friend along with you.

To the rear of the property, you’ll find a garden with secure storage shed, BBQ and picnic table and chairs. And most importantly, some amazing views across to Cairngorm Mountain. Enjoy the views outside while cooking up a feast on the BBQ. However, if you find yourself staying here during a rainy period (this is Scotland, after all!), the free Wi-Fi and selection of DVDs, games and books will keep you entertained for hours.

Remote Cottages on the Isle of Skye

8. Skye Eyrie Cottage on the Isle of Skye

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Minimum stay: 4 nights

Price per night: From £250 for 4 people

Location: Culnacnoc, a stunning and tranquil spot for exploring the island’s rugged coastline 

If you’re after good views, Skye Eyrie Cottage supplies them in abundance. The Eyrie’s hilltop location provides uninterrupted coastal views that you won’t be able to stop taking photos of! Only a short drive from the capital village of Portree, this 5-star luxury accommodation is easily one of the best remote holiday cottages in Scotland. And that’s partly down to it being architect-designed by the award-winning R.House.

The cottage boasts two king-sized bedrooms, the first of which is in the main house, while the second is housed in its own stand-alone pod. This unique design makes the cottage great for two sets of couples who want to enjoy their own privacy. The main cottage has an open plan kitchen, dining and living area and generously sized bathroom with shower and large bath. Similarly, the smaller bothy bedroom has a deluxe en suite with a generous walk-in shower. And of course, spectacular views to be enjoyed from the comfort of your bed.

One of my favourite features of the cottage is the expansive floor to ceiling windows and doors, that maximise the incredible views out to Skye’s east coast. The sliding patio doors allow access to a paved deck with seating area to enjoy your morning coffee or evening meal during the summer months. However, if the weather isn’t so good, there are worse places to cosy up in, right? Make good use of the TV, books, binoculars, board games and a docking station that will keep you occupied when you’re not outside. You also receive a complimentary hamper on arrival that I’m sure you’ll be really keen to tuck into!

9. Captain’s Rest Cottage on the Isle of Skye

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Minimum stay: 7 nights

Price per night: From £215 for 4 people

Location: Roag, a small, rural township, just on the outskirts of Dunvegan

When I was road-tripping around Scotland in 2020, I could have really done with a sauna and hot tub to relax in after summiting many of Scotland’s mountains. Whether you’re keen to do lots of walking on Skye or just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the views, you’ll love making use of the sauna and hot tub at Captain’s Rest. The cottage enjoys complete privacy and sereneness, while not being too far from the island’s attractions. It’s the best of both worlds!

This newly built, spacious cottage has been finished to the highest standards. You’ll find bespoke Harris Tweed soft furnishings in the two king-size bedrooms, in colours to blend with the landscape outside. There are also Bose smart speakers in the kitchen and lounge for your enjoyment. Most importantly, however, the sea and mountain views are second-to-none. And they are made even better while enjoying them from the comfort of your hot tub with a glass of bubbly in hand. Or while sitting outside on a nice day on the cottage’s garden furniture.

10. Tigh na Talisker Cottage on the Isle of Skye

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Minimum stay: 7 nights

Price per night: From £90 for 5 people

Location: Carbost, a small Scottish crofters village with just 170 inhabitants

Ideal for a longer getaway where you want a great base from which to explore the beauty of the Isle of Skye, Tigh na Talisker is something special. This luxuriously-equipped, detached eco-cottage offers unparalleled views over Loch Harport and the Cuillin. You can enjoy these views from the comfort of your living room which benefits from floor to ceiling windows. The large window to the side slides open and gives access to the deck where you can enjoy the view even more and have a barbecue when the weather’s warmer. And if you’re really lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

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The largest bedroom, above the living room, also has floor to ceiling windows. In fact, the views from these are even better than those from the living room as they are from a more elevated position. With two spacious doubles and a single bedroom, Tigh na Talisker can easily accommodate five adults, making the cottage great for getaways with friends.

From books to a PS4, the cottage has everything you could want to make your stay an enjoyable one, if the weather’s too bad for you to venture outside. Especially cosy in winter, the oil-fired central heating system keeps the house warm and provides plenty of hot water. And you can even light the wood-burning stove in the living room to make the space extra toasty!

11. Tinhouse on the Isle of Skye

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Minimum stay: 7 nights

Price per night: From £125 for 2 people

Location: Lower Milovaig, a picturesque spot in North West Skye, surrounded by giant cliffs as tall as skyscrapers 

Tinhouse is what glamping dreams are made of! One of the best unusual romantic weekend breaks in the UK, I cannot even begin to tell you how badly I want to stay here. The architectural, award-winning luxury cottage was lovingly made by owners, Gill and Alan, and finished with the highest quality furnishing and fittings. It exudes a relaxed style and enjoys a panoramic view over the seascape of North West Skye. 

The cottage has a well-equipped open-plan living, dining and kitchen space with a log burner and a built-in sofa that I am just dreaming of cosying up with a book in. With a cathedral ceiling and king-size bed, the bedroom feels just as spacious and open as the living area. However, one of my favourite things about this cottage is the bathroom. With a large shower and a separate double bath, it just screams romance!

Outside Tinhouse, the landscapes are just as dreamy as the cottage itself. The pier and harbour are just a short walk away, where fresh seafood can be sourced from the local fisherman Greig. And if you fancy not cooking for yourself one night, why not treat yourself at the Michelin award-winning Three Chimneys Restaurant which is only four miles away? Sounds like a pretty idyllic week to me.

Remote Cottages in Perth and Kinross

12. Waterfall Cottage in Perth and Kinross

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £149 for 2 people

Location: On the shores of Loch Tay, two miles west of the charming conservation village of Kenmore and two hours from both Glasgow and Edinburgh

Moving onto Perth and Kinross, Waterfall Cottage enjoys some of the best views of these remote cottages in Scotland. And the best part is that you can enjoy them from your outdoor hot tub! Another romantic getaway for two, this cottage is situated in the most idyllic setting, nestled into the hills overlooking Loch Tay, within 50 acres of private woodland. While it may be semi-detached, it still feels completely remote and away from the world. The nearby babbling stream and breathtaking views definitely help that! Although this may be one of the more expensive remote holiday cottages in Scotland, it’s well worth every penny. 

The living space is spacious, while also feeling cosy. There’s a stove for you to set alight with the stocks of firewood and kindling provided, plus a welcoming bottle of prosecco and chocolates awaiting your arrival. Throw on the cosy gowns supplied by your hosts, whack on the cosy underfloor heating and get ready for a night of pampering. You can then crawl into your luxurious king-sized bed, made up on arrival with crisp, white Egyptian cotton bed linen. You’ll even find swiss chocolates on the pillows too!

13. Brae Cottage in Perth and Kinross

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Minimum stay: 2 nights

Price per night: From £207 for 2 people

Location: Near Crieff, a historic market town

Next on this list of remote cottages in Scotland is Brae Cottage. This hillside cottage is surrounded by unparalleled open views across some of Scotland’s most amazing countryside. Perfect for couples looking for a quiet romantic hideaway, away from it all, the cottage is located about a mile up a private single track. So you’ll only have sheep and wildlife to disturb you! Completely powered by hydroelectricity with delicious spring water to drink, this really is an amazing off-grid escape.

The views can be enjoyed inside via the french doors in the living room, the stable door in the kitchen, or outside by the barbecue or in the hot tub on the terrace. And Even if the weather isn’t on your side, you’ll still have a great getaway here. The kitchen is fully equipped for dining in and the cosy living room is stocked with DVD library, books and a selection of our favourite games for entertainment. Just get the log burning fire going and you’re guaranteed the ultimate rainy day.

14. Picturesque Cottage in Perth and Kinross

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £75 for 2 people

Location: Roughly halfway between Perth and the Cairngorms

The perfect place to escape for picturesque views, this one-bedroom cottage is ideally positioned to take advantage of all Perthshire has to offer. There are challenging cycling routes and wonderful woodland walks close by. Plus, some notable Munros to the north, including Ben Lawers.

The cottage itself is a former byre built back in c.1830 and was once part of the neighbouring estate. Accessed via a cobbled courtyard, the cottage has exclusive use of the charming courtyard garden. The garden has a summerhouse, beds of shrubs and a sheltered area for eating out in good weather. There’s also a BBQ and chimenea outside too!

At its heart, the cottage has a fabulous open plan sitting/dining room. On one side of the room is a double bedroom with sliding glass doors that open to the garden. And on the other side is a well-equipped kitchen, bathroom with bath and overhead shower. As this is one of the more rural cottages in Scotland, their internet speed is limited. This means you won’t be able to stream videos, games and TV during working hours, as the hosts work from home. However, I think this is a great opportunity to have a little detox from your phone and spend some much-needed time together with your partner!

Miscellaneous Remote Cottages in Scotland

15. Heartland Cottage in Fife

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £98 for 2 people

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Location: Ceres, a village in Fife, located in a small glen approximately 2 miles over the Ceres Moor from Cupar and 7 miles from St Andrews

Heartland Cottage is easily one of my favourite remote holiday cottages in Scotland. Just look at it! I’m not sure what appeals to me more: the outdoor hot tub or the cosy interior. One thing that’s for sure, though, is that there are bucketloads of amazing scenery to enjoy here! On the large decking outside you’ll find an open fire with free wood, alongside the outdoor hot tub. 

However, you can also enjoy the views and fresh air upstairs too. Walk upstairs and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing balcony with sea views. Yep, that’s right, water babies will love Heartland as it’s only 3.5 miles to the sea! Inside, the owners have packed a lot into a small space. There’s a bedroom, bathroom, flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen.

16. The Magical Little Bothy in Orkney

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Minimum stay: 5 nights

Price per night: From £125 for 2 people

Location: A rural, peaceful and secluded farm location near Evie, with far-reaching views across the sea and islands

While Orkney is the furthest spot you could possibly visit, it definitely makes for one of the more scenic drives in Scotland. And it’s well worth the trip if it means a few nights sleeping in the Magical Little Bothy. Enjoy stunning panoramic sea views from this romantic, rustic one-bedroom cottage. Located in an idyllic hillside setting down a short farm track, the traditional stone cottage is the perfect location from which to explore Orkney.

Set within an old Croft, the Magical Little Bothy has been recently restored with all mod cons for a perfect stay. It holds onto the character of Orkney, with intricate details and local traditions, while still being oh-so-luxurious. So pop some logs on the open fire, switch on the underfloor heating and get ready for long evenings spent cosying up in the warm. With free Wi-Fi and Sky TV, you’ll have a great time no matter the weather.

17. Seabank House in Argyll and Bute

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Minimum stay: 3 nights

Price per night: From £375 for 10 people

Location: Benderloch, a small friendly settlement, some 3 miles north of Connel on the main road between Oban and Ballachulish.

Want to stay in one of the many waterside remote cottages in Scotland? Then, you’ll love Seabank House. This luxury, contemporary lochside cottage boasts some of the most stunning views in Scotland. And you can enjoy them right from the comfort of the outdoor hot tub! But if the water’s not your thing, you’ll also find natural woodland behind the house.

The beautiful cottage is filled with natural light with floor to ceiling glazed walls making the most of the spectacular setting. This is made even better by the open-plan kitchen and dining room, the large lounge and sunroom. And of course, that’s not to forget the unique spiral beech staircase that leads guests to the three upstairs bedrooms. (You’ll find two more downstairs too!) However, despite the cottage’s size and arrangement, it still feels nice and cosy in the evenings with a log-burning stove and underfloor heating.

Ideal for family holidays and weekends away with a big group of friends, the cottage plays host to ten people. But I’ll let you lot argue over who has the master bedroom. With a glazed wall overlooking the Loch to enjoy the morning sunrise, it’s nothing short of special!

18. Heron View Cottage in Dumfries & Galloway

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Minimum stay: 2 nights

Price per night: From £92 for 5 people

Location: By the coast, just a stone’s throw from Kirkcudbright

With an idyllic peaceful setting overlooking the Kirkcudbrightshire countryside, the pet-friendly Heron View Cottage is the perfect base for your family getaway. Although the cottage is part of a group of three cottages within the same yard, it’s still one of the most secluded cottages in Scotland.

The open plan kitchen and dining area are ideal for the whole family, so you don’t have to miss any of those special moments. It also comes complete with free Wi-Fi and a 37″ TV with DVD. So bring along your favourite films ready for lots of cosy movie nights in! Outside, you’ll find a patio with picnic bench and luxury hot tub so you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery in style. And there’s also a cycle lock-up so bring your bike along to experience the countryside from a different perspective.

19. Castle Cottage on the Isle of Mull

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Minimum stay: 7 nights

Price per night: From £99 for 3 people

Location: Set by the historic Aros Castle, 150 metres from the sea and 2 miles North of the village of Salen

Last but by no means least, this cottage may just win the award for one of the more unique views from these remote cottages in Scotland. Yep, you only get to go and look out across the spectacular 13th-century Aros Castle! The aptly named Castle Cottage lies on the historic and beautiful Isle of Mull, the second-largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Your local surroundings here are second-to-none with lots of lovely coastal and woodland walks close by.

Inside, the cottage has all the amenities you could wish for from your stay. The cottage sleeps three people across one double bedroom and one single bedroom, all supplied with duvets and linens. There’s also Wi-Fi throughout the property, as well as a Smart TV with Freesat, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

 

So there you have it! 19 amazing remote cottages in Scotland you need to stay in. Which of these secluded cottages in Scotland has caught your eye? While all of them look spectacular, I’m especially keen to stay in Skye Eerie, Tinhouse, Heartland Cottage and the Magical Little Bothy! How about you? Please let me know which of these rural cottages in Scotland you’re most desperate to stay at in the comments below!

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