Dores, by Loch Ness, Inverness-shireGuest Rating
Loch Ness is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland, with people coming from far and wide to try and catch a glimpse of the famous 'Nessie'!
|Sleeps: 4||Bedrooms: 2|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (1)|
Within walking distance of the south shore of the magnificent loch lies Allt a'Mhuilinn, a charming detached stone built cottage with an unusual 'upside down' layout that really makes the most of the cottage with a spacious, airy living area upstairs and cosy bedrooms downstairs.
Allt a'Mhuilinn (pronounced alta-voolin) meaning the 'mill by the stream' is situated on the outskirts of the quiet village of Dores, near Inverness (8.5 miles). The building, situated down a private drive, is actually a lovingly converted meal mill that sits in its own picturesque private grounds, with the gentle wee Mhinisteir's burn meandering right alongside it.
The upstairs open plan living area is warm and bright and is surrounded by windows that add to the feeling of space and light. It has a well-equipped kitchen, as well as a dining area and comfortable sitting area heated by a solid fuel stove to keep the place nice and toasty. There is Freesat digital TV and a DVD player, as well as a number of DVDs to keep you entertained whilst you snuggle up in front of the stove of an evening. The dining area also has an extendable table that easily seats four and a CD player/radio with iPod dock. There is also a payphone in the property, as well as Wi-Fi internet access.
The stylish master bedroom has an elegant king size canopied bed and French doors that lead straight out into the grounds. There is also a twin bunk room, which children are sure to love, although it may be rather too snug for two adults. A drop down side cot is also available for younger children, which can fit into either of the bedrooms. The bathroom with bath and shower over is fresh and modern and kept cosy by underfloor heating, perfect for when you get out of the shower!
Outside, there is an extensive gravelled area that provides ample parking, along with an attractive paved seating area (with BBQ) which incorporates one of the original millstones and is ideal for relaxing and enjoying beautiful Highland evenings.
The Highlands are an absolute haven for wildlife - keep an eye out for ospreys, tawny owls, pine martins, red squirrels, red and roe deer, otters and even basking seals!
If you fancy taking in a bit local hospitality, you should pay a visit to the picturesque local Dores Inn, just a few minutes walk away, for food and refreshment, or explore a bit further afield at Fort Augustus. Inverness itself has good road and rail links, as well as a programme of interesting exhibitions at the Inverness Museum and Gallery.
The famous Loch Ness is 23 miles long, a mile wide and 750 feet down at its deepest point! Why not take a stroll along the south shore to take in the stunning scenery and do some monster spotting? For something more strenuous you can walk along the South Loch Ness Trail, which starts a few miles outside of Fort Augustus and runs through Dores itself, ending at Torbreck near Inverness. The route is 28 miles in total and you can even cycle along parts of it, as well as along many of the quiet roads in the area which are ideal for bicycles. You could also consider the more ambitious Great Glen Way which runs down the north side of Loch Ness and you can explore by water too, by boat, canoe or kayak.
Day trips to Ullapool, Fort William and even Orkney and Skye are easily achievable from the cottage. Towering above Fort William lies the imposing Ben Nevis, the collapsed dome of a volcano, known locally as 'The Ben'. The name for this, the highest mountain in the British Isles, is taken from the Gaelic 'Beinn Nibheis' - 'Beinn' being mountain and 'Nibheis' meaning 'malicious' or 'venomous'. With the summit being up at 4,409 feet, where the ruins of an old observatory lie, it certainly is quite a challenge!
History enthusiasts will want to visit the Culloden battle field, with its visitor centre, exhibition and daily living history presentations. There are also watersports, fishing and golf locally, as well as skiing at Aviemore in the Cairngorms. You can take a boat trip from Inverness to go bottlenose dolphin spotting, or if you fancy sampling a 'wee dram' you can join a whisky trail at one of the local distilleries, the nearest being the Glen Ord distillery.
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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Double bedroom (King-size) with French doors to garden
Bedroom with full-size bunk beds
Bathroom with bath and shower over, WC and wash basin
Sitting/dining room/kitchen with multi-fuel stove, TV/DVD, CD player/iPod dock, electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, etc.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Stair Gate
- Towels (per person)
Bed linen is INCLUDED and towels are available to hire. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric central heating and multi-fuel stove (starter pack INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 pet is welcome at an additional charge (1 medium dog, 1 small dog or 1 cat). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- 2 Week Discount (£25)
- Save 15% - w/c 16 Sep 17 From 16/09/2017 to 22/09/2017
- Save 10% - w/c 23 Sep 17 From 23/09/2017 to 29/09/2017
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|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£395.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£495.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£345.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£595.00|
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Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.
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Comfortable cottage only a short walk from Loch Ness. Fully equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer. Nice outside space wit...Read More
Quirky cottage, with very homely feel. Location was perfect for what my husband and I wanted from this holiday. Numerous...Read More
A lovely upside down mill with lots of character. Shame there was no grass space for the kids to play in, only chippy s...
We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hopefully the children liked being so close to the loch. Claire looks forward to we...Read More
If the king sized bed had been comfier the rating would have been excellent!