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Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
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7:00 AM 25th June 2022
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Five Summer Highland Flings In Bonnie Scotland

With its rugged terrain, lush wildlife, and fascinating history, Scotland has a plethora of staycation spots for those looking for a little adventure this summer.

Given both the UK and Scottish summer holidays are upon us, Sykes Holiday Cottages has rounded up some of its best Scottish retreats for families.

From a loch-side cottage with uninterrupted countryside views to a historic house in the Highlands, there is something for every group looking to explore this magical landscape.

Ne Nimium – Tain, Highlands
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from 16th July for £719, save £307
URL: www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Northern-Highlands-Cairngorms-National-Park-Tain/Ne-Nimium-1022289.html

Those seeking a unique escape can stay in Ne Nimium, a Victorian property resting in Scotland’s oldest royal burgh,Tain.

The old bank is bursting with character, with high arch windows, original working shutters, tall ceilings and even the original walk-in safe.

Take little ones for a day out at the ‘Tain Through Time’ museum to learn all about the town’s medieval history or, alternatively, adults can keep themselves entertained at the Glenmorangie Whiskey Distillery!

2 Abbey Row – Kelso, Scottish Borders
Sleeps: Six
Price: Seven nights from 5th August for £980, save £219
URL: www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Northumbria-Northumberland-Kelso-Abbey/2-Abbey-Row-1089523.html

This hidden gem can be found tucked away in the historic town of Kelso, opposite the magnificent Kelso Abbey.

The spacious first floor apartment is tastefully decorated, sleeps up to six people, and is conveniently located in the centre of town.

Guests can wander along the River Tweed to locate a selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Other activities in the town include Kelso Golf Club, the Kelso Racecourse, and the Castle Park.

Avonglen – Aviemore, Highlands
Sleeps: Six
Price: Seven nights from 15th July for £1,304, save £559
URL: www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Northern-Highlands-Cairngorms-National-Park-Shieling-The/Avonglen-1095144.html

Avonglen can be found in the popular village of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.

The detached cottage is perfect for a family or group of friends looking for a peaceful retreat, with a private driveway, comfy furnishings and an open fire.

Aviemore is home to Aviemore Ring Cairn and Stone Circle as well as the Craigellachie National Nature Reserve. The landscape is also dotted with castles and distilleries, and there are plenty of fishing, golfing, and walking opportunities in the area.

Macintosh – Killichonan, Perth and Kinross
Sleeps: Four
Price: Seven nights from 9th July for £643, save £118
URL: www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Argyll-The-Isles-Pitlochry/MacKintosh-1053569.html

Offering panoramic views of Loch Rannoch, Mackintosh is a great base for lovers of the outdoors.

The property belongs to a cluster of charming cottages that have been converted from original farm steadings, and guests can enjoy their morning coffee on the balcony, taking in the dramatic scenery.

Guests can tackle nearby Schiehallion, a fairly easy munro, whilst Loch Rannoch is an ideal spot for swimming, kayaking and fishing.

Stable Cottage – near Fochabers, Moray
Sleeps: Five
Price: Seven nights from 22nd July for £666. Save £284
URL: www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Moray-Aberdeenshire-The-Coastal-Trail-Forgie-Hill/Stable-Cottage-1010747.html

Stable Cottage can be found on a working farm close to the village of Fochabers in Moray.

Visitors can follow the River Spey to Tugnet where the experts at the Dolphin and Whale Conservation Society’s Centre can reveal the best dolphin watching spots.

Stable Cottage is close to Gordon Castle and also lies on the renowned ‘Whisky Trails’, with distilleries nearby at Keith, Craigellachie, Rothes and Aberlour.

To book one of these breaks, visit www.sykescottages.co.uk or call 01244 617683.