Self Catering Accommodation in Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms, Scotland

Holiday Cottages and luxury lodges

Staying in a self catering cottage, luxury lodge or apartment offers complete freedom and flexibility. You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. Enjoy this picturesque part of Scotland with a relaxed break in a holiday cottage.

Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms DMO works with the top business in the area. To find out more about any business or to contact them, or book through their website, please select from the list below which is in alphabetical order.

View the list below for a selection of top quality self catering holiday cottages and lodges throughout Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms.

Cairngorm Lodges – Royal Deeside

Cairngorm Lodges is a new development of 5 luxury self catering forest lodges set in their own individual Scots Pine woodland plots in the heart of Royal Deeside. Each has been individually designed by a local architect and all are pet friendly. The lodges are located in the heart of Royal Deeside and are right on the boundary of Cairngorms National Park and make an ideal base to explore the surrounding spectacular countryside and the Royal Deeside and Cairngorms area generally with its many sporting and tourism activities.

The luxury lodges are equipped to a high standard and sleep up to 4 persons in 2 bedrooms. The only immediate neighbours you will have will be the local wildlife – red squirrels are a daily sighting next to the lodges! The forest lodges are set in the outstanding woodland estate of Blelack and come with your own pine forest, river and walks! They are within a short walking distance of the village of Logie Coldstone in the Highlands of Scotland and are are close to the charming hamlet of Dinnet, the gateway to the Eastern Highlands and Cairngorms National Park. Nearby are the larger villages of Aboyne and Ballater with their attractive restaurants and shops. Cairngorm Lodges are close to Balmoral Castle, the Scottish home of the British Royal Family and their are many other historic castles nearby and on the Victorian Heritage Trail.

The forest lodges are all sited within their own plots and are generously spaced apart. The backdrop of the Scots Pine woodland also provides fuel for the wood burning stove – to keep you cosy after a day spent hill walking, fishing or simply relaxing and enjoying the local countryside and forest walks. Indeed the self catering lodges are located at the foot of the mountain of Morven ( meaning big hill in Gaelic) and there are plenty of walks to keep walkers of all abilities busy in the area.

  • Logie Coldstone Dinnet, Aboyne, Royal Deeside – Aberdeenshire, AB34 5PQ
  • Tel: 07583 436 040
  • Email: [email protected]

Invercauld Estate

Outstanding salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Dee in the heart of Royal Deeside. Walking in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains as well as holiday lodges and cottages to let.

Harvey and Honey Cottages

2 delightful self catering cottages situated in the quiet Deeside village of Dinnet. Each cottage sleeps up to 4 people or can be rented together to accommodate 8.

Both cottages have 2 bedrooms and an open plan sitting room / kitchen with wood burning stoves. Each also has a private patio area with seating and barbecue.

  • c/o Glendavan House Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LU
  • Tel: 013398 81610
  • Email: [email protected]

Lilac Cottage

Lilac Cottage is a charming stone cottage in the picturesque village of Braemar. The original cottage has been extended to provide spacious, airy rooms with contemporary furnishings. There is a secluded garden with outdoor seating.

The cottage is suitable for pet owners, families or couples.

Accommodation for four in a double room and a twin room. The spacious, open plan living area has a wood burning stove, TV/DVD and CD player and seating at the dining table for up to 8. The kitchen includes a halogen cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave. Utility Room with washing machine. Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.

The cottage is located within easy walking distance of all the village amenities and there are many great local walks from the front door.

  • 1 Castleton Terrace , Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5ZR
  • Tel: 013397 41675
  • Email: [email protected]

St Katherine’s Cottage

St Katherine’s Cottage is situated next to Aboyne Loch and golf course, on the outskirts of the village of Aboyne.

Aboyne nestles in the beautiful hills of Royal Deeside and follows the north bank of the River Dee.

The cottage is a 10 minute walk along the lovely old railway track to the centre of the village.

  • Aboyne, AB34 5BR
  • Tel: 013398 86551
  • Email: [email protected]

Cornellan Square

Cornellan Square is a luxury three-bedroom riverfront property with two designated parking spaces, attractive courtyard, river views and located within 2 minutes walking distance of the village shops, bars and restaurants. There is also access via the courtyard grounds to the lovely riverside and golf course walk.

Balmoral Estate

The Balmoral Estate is the Scottish home to the British Royal Family. The estate is open to the public from April to the end of July each year. Visitors can enjoy an audio tour, included in the admission charge which guides them around the gardens, grounds and exhibitions of this unique Highland estate. The coffee shop on site seats 100 and serves light snacks and meals with a Highland flavour along with the gift shop which has both gifts with a Scottish and Royal theme. Visitors who would like to stay longer on the estate can book one of our 6 holiday cottages with the unique privilege of being able to play on the Balmoral 9 hole golf course. Salmon fishing is available on the river Dee which flows through the estate. Wildlife safaris are also on offer with the Ranger Service; a fantastic way to explore the scenery and wildlife of this special place.

Glen Tanar Holiday Cottages

A fantastic range of 4 star luxury holiday cottages in beautiful Glen Tanar in the heart of Royal Deeside, Scotland, and within the Cairngorm National Park. No matter how you like to unwind and relax our cottages are an ideal place to start. We have a diverse range of accommodation and are sure to find a house to suit your needs. Each house has its own special qualities be it Rowan Cottage, a little stone bothy; West Millfield, a traditional Granite Cottage or Birkelunn, a truly Norwegian log cabin. All are furnished to a high standard.

Cairnton Farm Cottages

Cairnton Cottages are 3 superbly finished self catering cottages set within the grounds of Cairnton Aberdeen Angus Beef Farm on Royal Deeside, and with stunning views across the Dee Valley.

We accept dogs and we have stables and fields that we can accommodate horses also. Please ask for details.

The cottages are let from a Saturday to a Saturday but with some weekend or mid week lets available

The Cottages

The Stables
Three bedroom cottage with single study room. Under floor heating and a wet room. Disability Friendly. Sleeps 7

The Byre
Three bedroom cottage with large, spacious living area with wood burning stove. Sleeps 6

The Bothy
Two bedroom cottage south facing, under floor heating and views across Deeside. Sleeps 4/5

2 miles away from Deeside Activity Park which has various activities from Kart Racing to Quad Biking and Paintballing to Clay Pigeon Shooting. Staying at The Cottages will get you a 10% discount at the park!


“A very warm welcome and a great place to stay. Steak Pie was excellent, for 3 days I cleared my plate

Perkhill Holiday Cottages

Come and relax in our enviromentally friendly, recently renovated cottages in the heart of a family run farm known for its prize winning herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. Choose between three properties located on a south facing hill, just outside the historic village of Lumphanan. “Macbeths Retreat” nestles beside Lumphanan burn and sleeps up to 6 people, “Lady Macbeths Rest” offers cosy accommodation for 4 and “King Duncans View” enjoys spectacular views over the hills whilst comfortably sleeping up to 8 people, including disabled access. All the cottages have underfloor heating provided in part by our biomass boiler, wood burning stoves, ipod docking stations, flat screen TVs with DVD player, fully equipped kitchens, Wi-fi, private parking and dogs are welcome in Macbeths Retreat. An ideal location for exploring Royal Deeside, skiing in the mountains or visiting the granite city of Aberdeen.

Ballogie Estate Enterprises

Ballogie Estate Enterprises is a family run land management business established in 1850 covering 6000 acres on Deeside, Aberdeenshire. The key land based enterprises are livestock farming, cropping, forestry and field sports, which include an important salmon fishing operation on 3.5 miles of the River Dee. In addittion to our holiday cottages there is a large portfolio of let property, residential, commercial and agricultural, including 3 farms, the Butterworth Gallery, the Potarch Hotel and Midstrath Equiworld Club.

Loch Kinord Hotel – Dinnet, Aboyne

A 3-star village hotel originally built in the 19th century by Queen Victoria’s doctor. We offer 19 comfortable single, double and family rooms and are famed for our AA Rosette and Taste of Scotland dining that uses the very best of local produce. Great accommodation in this part of Scotland. There is often live folk music taking place with the Deeside Sessions. Our newly built self catering log cabins are an ideal base and each has 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 4. We have access to the River Feugh for fishing and a Ghillie who will pick up from the hotel and return back.

Glenernan Self Catering Cottages

Two Self Catering Cottages converted from the old servants quarters and located near the village centre. The cottages each have a double bedroom with ensuite full wet room and large lounge diner. Aimed at couples and the single traveller they are both disabled friendly and include electricity, heating, linen, towels, LCD TV, DVD player, HiFi, free WiFi and private parking.

  • 37 Braemar Road, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5QD
  • Tel: 013397 53111

Finzean Estate Farm Shop & Tearoom

Quote from the newly launched 10th edition of Peter Irvine’s book “Scotland the Best” – FINZEAN FARM SHOP, DEESIDE – “This one’s fabulous, a new one for the book. It’s not on the main road, but between Banchory and Aboyne, in an estate. Kate and Catriona run it and it’s just lovely, looking out on to the mountains. A lot of food sold here is from the estate – meat and game – and loads of stuff they make themselves, carefully sourced and very well presented. It’s really special – one of the best in Britain, I’d say. A real foodie destination.”

East Winds Cottage, Aboyne

East Winds Cottage is a beautifully converted coach-house situated in the heart of the charming Royal Deeside village of Aboyne offering easy access to the various sporting facilities in the area and within walking distance of all shops, restaurants, pubs and other amenities in Aboyne. East Winds Cottage can sleep up to eight in three bedrooms; the main bedroom has a super king size bed and connecting door to family bathroom, the second bedroom has a double bed and the third is a twin bedded room with two additional guest beds. There is a large lockable shed ideal for storing sports equipment, including rods, bicycles and skis. Sunday to Sunday lets to suit fishers. Open all year; short breaks available in low season. Free WiFi for those who simply have to stay in touch!

Glenmuick Estate

Glenmuick Estate is a traditional sporting estate situated in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery and filled with all the wildlife, epic landscapes and sporting opportunity that make Scotland such a truly special place. The estate offers driven and walked up grouse shooting, Red and Roe deer stalking and Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the world famous River Dee. Luxury accommodation is available in either the truly spectacular Sporting Lodge or in one of the two delightful holiday cottages. Within walking distance of the attractive village of Ballater, Glenmuick estate and its accommodation is ideally situated to make the perfect base for your walking, photographic, sightseeing or sporting holiday.

Castleton Cottage

Enjoy the scenery and large range of outdoor activities of the Cairngorm National Park, from a home base of a fully equipped cottage situated in the highland village of Braemar. Five minutes walk from the village centre. The cottage sleeps 2 adults and upto 2 children, has private parking, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, cooker, woodburning stove, central heating, shower, and a TV with Freeview, baby cot and highchair (hire of a 3 wheel pushchair £15/wk). Dogs (only one please) 20£/wk, to be kept under control and never left unattended. Garden is shared with owner. A welcome pack of groceries is provided on arrival and wood for the stove. Rate from £345/wk. £435/wk Summer peak.