Bird Watching Holiday Cottages In Scotland

The highlands and islands of Scotland are home to many local species of birds including ptarmigan, golden eagles, snowy owls, crossbills, capercaillies and black grouse. Near the coast, as well as opportunities for bird watching, you may be lucky enough to spot a variety of marine mammals such as otters, basking sharks, dolphins and seals.

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These self catering holiday cottages have been specially chosen for being close to areas in Scotland known to be excellent for bird watching as well as other outdoor pursuits and wildlife.

RSPB nature reserves in Scotland include Loch Garten in Abernethy, Hoy in Orkney and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire and the manager of your holiday cottage will be happy to give you directions and further information about the nearest reserve.

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The Old Cottage, Suladale nr Portree, Fort William
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The Old Cottage, Suladale nr Portree, Fort William

A superbly renovated, detached stone-built former crofters’ cottage, set in a peaceful isolated hamlet, centrally located for touring the Isle of Skye. There are sea trips available from Portree as well as tours of Dunvegan Castle, fishing, walking, birdwatching and horse riding.

Katchana, Kincraig nr Aviemore, Northern Highlands
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Katchana, Kincraig nr Aviemore, Northern Highlands

In an elevated position overlooking Loch Insh on one side and with magnificent views of the Cairngorms from the other, this welcoming and extremely well equipped cottage offers superb accommodation, with an open fire and well placed windows to afford easy viewing of the plethora of bird and wildlife on the doorstep, including red squirrels, pine martins and ospreys.

The Bothy, Bridge of Marnoch nr Huntly, Moray
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The Bothy, Bridge of Marnoch nr Huntly, Moray

The Bothy is a compact yet very cosy stone cottage, perfect for a couple to hide away and relax in this wonderful region of Scotland. The Moray Coast is just a short drive to the north where you will find delightful fishing villages, friendly market towns and the historic town of Elgin.

Hilltop, Clachtoll nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands
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Hilltop, Clachtoll nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands

This cottage is warm and spacious and is ideal for a family or group of friends who want to be in a truly get away from it all location amongst fabulous scenery. The area is ideal for touring with its quiet single track coastal roads ideal for exploring the small villages along the way and always have your camera at the ready as wildlife and marine life are abundant.

Recroy, Nedd nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands
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Recroy, Nedd nr. Lochinver, Northern Highlands

Offering comfortable well-equipped accommodation, this property is ideal for families wishing to really get away from it all and explore the area. The numerous spectacular beaches along this coast make it a perfect seaside holiday base, as well as something of a birdwatcher’s paradise, with the famous puffin colony and bird sanctuary on Handa Island close by.

Rose Cottage, Inchbare nr. Edzell, Perthshire
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Rose Cottage, Inchbare nr. Edzell, Perthshire

This charming semi-detached cottage is set in the grounds of the owner’s home in the hamlet of Inchbare surrounded by open Angus countryside which is wonderful for all kinds of wildlife especially birds. Ideally situated for exploring the great outdoors, Rose Cottage is half an hour away from the superb Lunan Bay beach or the coastal St Cyrus Nature Reserve and the superb Angus Glens and the magnificent Cairngorms are reachable within an hour

3 Burnside Cottages, Linlithgow, Scottish Borders
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3 Burnside Cottages, Linlithgow, Scottish Borders

This charming terraced cottage is three miles outside the historic town of Linlithgow. The highlight of Linlithgow are the ruins of its spectacular Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, its grounds and Linlithgow Loch, where visitors enjoy sailing, fishing and bird watching.

Gateside Farm Cottage, Fossoway, Perthshire
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Gateside Farm Cottage, Fossoway, Perthshire

A cosy, comfortable bothy in the grounds of a non-working farm near Kinross surrounded by beautiful southern Perthshire. A perfect touring base for discovering the delights of rural Perth, Fife and central Scotland or for snuggling down with a good book after a long country walk, a round of golf, fishing, bird watching or horse riding.

Gamepark Wood, Castle Douglas, Ayrshire
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Gamepark Wood, Castle Douglas, Ayrshire

Set within an acre of grounds, the cottage is ideal for families, friends or couples seeking a great location for touring this beautiful and varied part of Scotland. Gamepark Wood’s close proximity to the local red kite viewing station means there is always something worth watching overhead. Nearby, the tranquil atmosphere of the Ken-Dee Marshes Nature Reserve offers a delightful setting around Loch Ken and the River Dee, which you can stroll beside, sure to catch sight of a variety of birds.

The Dairy, Newton Stewart, Ayrshire
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The Dairy, Newton Stewart, Ayrshire

This stone-built terraced Galloway cottage is part of a courtyard steading conversion and accommodates four people in a double and a twin bedroom. The beautiful coastline is a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky shores teeming with birdlife, whilst inland there is superb walking country to be discovered in the Galloway Hills and Forest Park.

Darnhay Cottage, Mauchline nr. Ayr, Ayrshire

Enjoying splendid views over the peaceful, rolling Ayrshire countryside, this lovingly-renovated property has been furnished to a high standard and boasts two spacious bedrooms, an open plan sitting/dining area with woodburner and a delightful patio area ideal for dining alfresco. The surrounding countryside provides good birdwatching opportunities, whilst many walks are available from the doorstep.

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