The Bunloit Estate
The Bunloit Estate is a 1,200 acre private country estate which rises steeply from the west shore of Loch Ness, just over an hour from Fort William. Here we offer two detached houses that stand in their own grounds around 600 feet up with beautiful views out over the loch and the Monadhliath mountains opposite, so you can do a bit of ‘nessie spotting’. You can even see as far as Ben Nevis, 60 miles away, on a clear day.
Bunloit Estate Self Catering Cottages
A Beautiful Area to Explore
The Bunloit Estate is a mixed estate that includes a working farm with sheep and a few Highland cattle, an ancient oak wood and substantial areas of natural woodland, as well as open moorland with plenty of wild flowers. It is ideally placed for walking (the Great Glen Way runs through it) and wildlife spotting with plenty of birds, red squirrels and a sizeable population of deer for you to keep an eye out for. There is also trout fly fishing available on one of the lochans.
The famous Loch Ness itself is 23 miles long, a mile wide and 750 feet down at its deepest point! The Estate is near the village of Drumnadrochit on the north shore of the loch, which is home to the Loch Ness Centre that charts the history of the famous, if somewhat elusive, monster. Why not take a stroll along the south shore to take in the stunning scenery and do some monster spotting of your own'
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 Torbeck 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.
History enthusiasts will want to visit the famous Urquhart Castle (4 miles away but walkable from the Estate) and 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.