St Machar Cottage
Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire
Only a few minutes' walk from the friendly Highland village of Fort Augustus in Scotland's incomparable Great Glen and at the end of Loch Ness, St Machar offers superb comfort.
This is an ideal, secluded and tranquil hideaway, standing in its own large, enclosed and well-tended garden at the end of a cul-de-sac, almost overlooking the famous former Abbey.
The cottage is light and bright, and kept warm all year round by oil-fired central heating. If modern cottages tend not to go overboard as far as space is concerned, then St Machar is a notable exception. The sitting room is particularly spacious with an impressive range of comfortable seating and a romantic wood-burning stove.
The dining kitchen, while all in one, is the size of two good size rooms, with the well-fitted modern kitchen at one end and the dining area quite separate at the other.
There is also a handy laundry room and a most attractive ‘extra’ in the form of the sunny front porch/sunroom, also with comfortable seating, which looks out on and opens out on to the garden. It makes a most pleasant and peaceful place to relax on a sunny afternoon.
All on one level, there are three bedrooms, two doubles and a twin. The bedrooms are all roomy and pleasingly furnished and one of the double rooms has en suite facilities as well. There is also a stylish and modern family bathroom.
Outside there is parking for up to 3 cars, extensive lawns and a private patio area (with furniture and barbecue). It really echoes the extent of the cottage’s ample accommodation.
You could hardly be more conveniently placed for local amenities here. It is just a short stroll to the popular pubs, restaurants and local shops which line both banks of the canal, so you can take your time over lunch or an evening drink, watching the boats pass through the locks.
From the swing bridge outside the Clansman Centre, monster enthusiasts can take a boat trip on the famous Loch Ness and keep an eye out for the elusive 'Nessie'. The award winning Loch Ness Visitor Centre at Urquhart Castle on the lochside, is another popular tourist destination.
If you are looking for something more energetic, then there is plenty of good hill and forest walking in the immediate area, or you can walk or cycle the Great Glen Way. Thrill seekers can try out the white water rafting at South Laggan and there is riding at Drumnadrochit (19 miles).
For trips out, head up the loch and branch off at Invermoriston and follow the fast road through the most breathtaking scenery across to the west coast and Skye. Or continue along the loch to quickly reach Inverness (the capital of the Highlands), an attractive and vibrant city with excellent cultural and shopping facilities. By the Kessock Bridge there you can very often see pods of dolphins playing in the water below.
From Inverness you can continue north to the Black Isle (look out for the red kites by the Tore roundabout) and Sutherland. The beautiful glens of Glen Affric and Glen Cannich also await your visit.
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.
Sitting Room with wood-burning stove and TV/DVD
Kitchen/Dining room with fridge-freezer, dishwasher and microwave etc.
Laundry room with washing machine and tumble drier
Double bed-room (king-size bed) with en suite shower, WC and wash basin
Bathroom with Bath, separate shower, WC and basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 1 dog is welcome at an additional chrage (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 6|
|20 Sep 2014 - 17 Oct 2014||£520.00|
|18 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014||£625.00|
|01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014||£445.00|
|20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014||£725.00|
|27 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015||£795.00|
|06 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2016||POA|