Old Lock Keepers Cottage Fort Augustus - Loch Ness
Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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Old Lock Keepers Cottage - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Location: Fort Augustus - Loch Ness

Sleeps: 8

Price Range: £480 - £920

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Old Lock Keeper's Cottage - Aberchalder Fort Augustus. Sleeps 8. Log Fire. Pets welcome.

The Old Lock keepers cottage a deceptively spacious holiday home with four bedrooms and situated in one of the most idyllic places we have ever seen! As the name suggests it was formerly the home of the lock keeper on the Caledonian canal four miles from Fort Augustus a picturesque village nestled at the southern end of Loch Ness. The cottage is situated on a stretch of canal between Loch Ness and Loch Oich.

The Old Lock Keepers cottage is a listed building dating back to 1800 the original cottage has been extended and refurbished to provide comfortable and spacious self catering accommodation with much character in a unique location, most rooms looking out to the Cullochy lock gates. Fort William and Inverness are both about forty minutes drive away. 

The gardens are enclosed and landscaped with colourful plantings and a large decked area is furnished with picnic tables and loungers. There is plenty of interest to be had simply watching the boats, large and small, passing through the lock gates. The Caledonian Canal tow path is actually used in parts as the route of the Great Glen Cycle and Walkway which passes in front of the cottage, so making this is the perfect choice for outdoor activity holiday suitable for all ages and abilities.

The cottage is also an excellent central location for exploring the Highlands with easy access to Inverness, Fort William and Ben Nevis, Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton and the Isle of Skye.  Fort Augustus is only 4 miles either by road or all the way to the village along the towpath. There is a good mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, a golf course and cruises on Loch Ness. A rare breeds farm and a heritage centre offer more interest. At Drumnadrochit there is an award winning Loch Ness Monster exhibition which provides a great day out for the family

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  • A comfortable lounge with a lovely open fire gives a pleasant inviting atmosphere.
  • Spacious sun lounge with wall to wall windows allowing good views of people and boats passing through the canal lock gates.
  • A well equipped modern kitchen and dining room open onto the decking through patio doors. Electric cooking, fridge/freezer, washer/tumble dryer, dishwasher and microwave. Utility/drying room with access to the garden.
  • A double bedroom and adjacent bathroom are on the ground floor, with bath and separate shower.  


  • A steep staircase rises (this staircase is quite steep and narrow, so we would not recommend the upstairs rooms for people with mobility difficulties) to a twin bedroom and a double bedroom which leads to a twin bedroom and small en-suite bathroom.

Two freeview televisions (kitchen and lounge) with DVD players provided in the lounge and the upstairs twin bedroom.

Included in the price.

  • Bed linen and towels provided.
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Logs/coal
  • Cot and high chair available.
  • WiFi

Pets welcome

Two pets are welcome at the property and the garden is fully enclosed.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Cottage location by the lock gates on the banks of the Caledonian Canal.
  • Close to the Village shops bars restaurants and Loch Ness.
  • Exceptionally good place for cycling and walking holidays for all the family.


Old Lock Keepers Cottage Reviews

The lastest reviews of Old Lock Keepers Cottage...

Reviewed this property on 12/07/2016
And awarded it
We had a lovely relaxing week in beautiful surroundings. The cottage was clean and well equipped with everything we needed. I have already recommended the cottage several times including a couple we met in Fort Augustus during our stay!

Reviewed this property on 16/06/2016
And awarded it
A fantastic cottage as a base for exploring the area because of its location, but also a wonderful place to comfortably sit and watch the activities on the canal. Great for all weathers, a cosy sitting room with a roaring fire for the colder days and a light and airy sunroom for lighter brighter days. We all loved our stay at Old Lock Keepers Cottage, it's peaceful location is a tonic.

Reviewed this property on 01/06/2016
And awarded it
We absolutely loved our week at the Old lock keepers cottage, it was so peaceful and relaxing.the cottage had everything we needed and more, books games DVDs , and the sun room was fantastic to watch the boats every day, the owner called to find out how we were enjoying ourselves, which was very kind. Our only problem was, that we only booked 1 week, could have stayed for 2 very easily. My husband fished every evening, and caught a few too. Will certainly be back next year .

Reviewed this property on 30/05/2016
And awarded it
Loved our stay At the Old Lock Keepers Cottage, it was very tranquil, just what we needed. I wish we had booked for 2 weeks instead of 1. The cottage was very well equipped down to games and books too. The log fire was so cosy at nights, and the sun room was perfect for watching the boats going along the canal daily. Hope to revisit next year.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2015
And awarded it
A fantastic place to get away from it all and a good central base to see most of the Highlands. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you would expect from your own home comforts. It is is very well presented, clean and very warm if you choose to light the log fire. If you are planning to eat in, then the nearest large supermarket is in Fort William so this needs to be taken into consideration. Fort Augustus has a reasonable Londis store and a very good Butchers and chip shop. The surrounding pubs offer a wide range of food and drink to accommodate everyone's taste. I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone who wishes to have a relaxing, get away from it all holiday. A return visit is being planned

Reviewed this property on 25/08/2015
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Had an excellent holiday at this fabulous cottage. The cottage was well equipped and ideally located with plenty of places to visit locally. Couldn't recommend this cottage highly enough.

Reviewed this property on 11/07/2015
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Just back from a wonderful week at Cullochy Lock. The cottage was lovely, clean, and had everything we could think of (apart from binoculars - take a pair!). The rooms were clean and all was in good repair. The lock keeper and the locals were friendly, and always happy to have a wee blether. The local area is very interesting and there is lots to do for all ages. My kids spent a lot of time getting wet!

Reviewed this property on 23/04/2015
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We have just returned from the cottage. Location is idyllic, cottage is lovely has all you need and is very comfortable indeed. The log fire and sun room were especially nice and inviting (My wife says the kitchen was top to, never found the kitchen myself like). The lock keeper is especially friendly and enjoys a good bleether (chat). We have already enquired about returning next year which I think says it all. Highly recommended

Reviewed this property on 04/09/2014
And awarded it
Wonderful cottage, a little rough around the edges, which was fine for a group of people and 2 dogs who enjoyed skiing on loch Oich, walking and relaxing.The position was lovely very acccesiable to Ben Nevis, Skye and Inverness. We all want to return! Brian from wilderness cottages was very helpful, we were a big group and he was very prompt in replying to queries regarding camping and other accomodation. Would book with them again

Reviewed this property on 30/08/2014
And awarded it
Despite two weeks of solid rain we had a wonderful stay as a family of four. Setting is tranquil and the most idealic location, also a superb base to explore the Highlands.

Reviewed this property on 09/08/2014
And awarded it
We spent two weeks in this lovely and cosy cottage with our friends and three children. Everything was very fine and clean, we found everything we needed. Especially we loved the excellent equipped kitchen and the log fire, which we lit nearly every evening. And of course the sun room, which invites to sit and look over the canal. We enjoyed the silence in this remote property. Upstairs it is a little bit narrow, but if you are under 1,80 m it is okay. We will come back for sure!

Reviewed this property on 30/06/2014
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We have just returned from the cottage. Location is idilic, cottage is lovely very comfortable, cosy and well equipped. The lock keeper is especially friendly. We have already enquired about returning next year which I think says it all.

Reviewed this property on 23/10/2013
And awarded it
What a beautiful cottage in a stunning location on the Caledonian Canal. We had a great week there walking, fishing and relaxing. Plenty of logs and coal for the fire as well as central heating and additional heaters if required in the winter months. The Canal towpath is right on the doorstep providing great, easy going walks along towards Fort Augustus which is only about 4 or 5 miles away. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need including some board games and dvd's for the kids.

Reviewed this property on 15/10/2013
And awarded it
An idyllic cottage set in the beautiful scenery and surroundings of the Caledonian canal. A very peaceful and beautifully presented cottage. The cottage was finished to a high standard and everything provided for a relaxing time away. We enjoyed the crisp October mornings and the evening spent around an open fire - enclosed garden for the dog and the children loved being by the water. Friendly neighbours and passers by. Spent time watching boats pass in the lock as well as enjoying time out.

Reviewed this property on 16/05/2012
And awarded it
Delightful location on Culochy Lock. Great fun watching boats go through. Lock Keeper and his dog very friendly. Kids (both under 4) had a great time. Cottage pleasant, lovely sun room and open fire in lounge with fuel provided - nice touch. Stairs very narrow, steep and winding and difficult to get bags and suitcases up and down. Kitchen/diner good and well equipped but cooker not user friendly. Had plumbing problem and owners quickly responded - well handled.

Reviewed this property on 14/04/2012
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Just returned from a great week at Old Lock Keeper's Cottage. Everything you need and more - extremely comfortable, lovely scenery, good location. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 27/10/2011
And awarded it
We were bowled over by the beautiful Lock Keeper's Cottage. The house has been renovated to a lovely standard and is in such an idyllic location. Derek the Lock Keeper is invaluable with local knowledge - he really made our holiday! The open fire was a huge draw and we got through a few packets of marshmallows during our week there! We can't recommend this property highly enough. Thank you

Reviewed this property on 07/09/2011
And awarded it
My family and I had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Old Lock Keepers Cottage near Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands. The cottage was extremely well presented and offered its guests a delightful and comfortable stay. The owners have obviously thought of every possible need from comfortable and luxurious linen through to logs and coal for the open fire in the living room. The views of the mountains and rugged scenery from the property were beyond belief. A beautiful & wonderful cottage.

Reviewed this property on 08/08/2011
And awarded it
We have Two Fantastic weeks in the Old Lock Keepers cottage. The weather was great allowing us to take full advantage of everything the cottage and Scotland had to offer.The cottage has everything you could wish for. We would spend the mornings sitting the the sun room or the garden watching the boats go through the lock and talking the Derek the lock keeper (a lovely man). The children and adults had great fun, didnt want to come home. LOVED every second.

Reviewed this property on 23/07/2011
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Reviewed this property on 17/06/2011
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Our 3rd excellent holiday at this cottage. its a lovely, clean cottage in a brilliant location and just perfect with its well equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer for all the wet towels our family has ! Have already booked again for next year!

Reviewed this property on 26/04/2011
And awarded it
We (six adults) have just returned from a fantastic break at the Old Lock-keepers Cottage, Aberchalder. Weather was kind to us for both walking and cycling and the property was superb. A great base for all kinds of activities and a marvellous setting. Derek the lock-keeper was both friendly and informative and it was a pleasure to enjoy his company from time to time. We would certainly go back to this lovely, well equipped property. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 13/08/2010
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Had a great 2 weeks at The Old Lock Keepers Cottage. The cottage was fantastic with everything you need for a home away from home. Situated in a great spot on the Calendonian Canal, a great time was had by all 5 adults and 2 dogs that just loved to explore the garden. Would definately come back to this cottage. Derek the lock keeper was very informative and knew alot of the area (hope he still has the umberella we bought..His blew in the canal on a wet day lol)

Reviewed this property on 26/07/2010
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7 adults on motorbikes enjoyed the Beautiful cottage , landscape and location . What looks good in the photographs , does not do the character of the cottage , or its facilities , justice ! A great place to chill out , or explore from . And a friendly helpful lock-keeper across the lock . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Reviewed this property on 23/06/2010
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We spent a lovely week at the Old Lock Keepers cottage. Excellent well equipped cottage - thought of everything. Wouldnt hesitate to go back if the opportunity arises or to recommend the cottage to others.

Reviewed this property on 28/04/2010
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Absolutely fantastic! We decided to visit the cottage last minute as our other holiday plans were cancelled due to the Icelandic volcano. Beautiful setting, friendly people and fine Scottish weather!

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2010
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Just returned from our Christmas & New Year holiday at Old lock keepers cottage.
The cottage has a warm homely feeling , the moment we stepped into it we knew we had made a great choice.
Everything about it is just right, fantastic location, clean , warm and every appliance you need.
Would return to this cottage without hesitation.

Reviewed this property on 09/06/2009
And awarded it
We all had a brilliant time and so did Susie our Golden retriever, who really enjoyed herself. So on behalf of Dave, Sue, Dennis Joan and last but not least Susie a really big thank you. the cottage was perfect.

Reviewed this property on 19/02/2009
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We had a glorious week at the Old Lock Keeper’s cottage over our Thanksgiving holiday at the end of November! The cottage was beautiful, clean, well appointed, and just far enough off the beaten path, everything we could ask for and more! It was cozy and welcoming, just perfect! Our days were spent exploring the Highlands and Loch Ness, and evenings were spent in front of the open fire, playing board games and drinking Isle of Skye porter. Our dog loved the fenced garden and the long walks to Ft. Augustus. The weather was great most days with a bit of snow toward the end of the week. Overall a most pleasant visit and we’d love to come back, but sadly, our time in the UK has come to an end. We cannot recommend the Old Lock Keeper’s cottage enough! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

Kindest regards,

Reviewed this property on 10/06/2008
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Peace and tranquility surrounds this cottage. This is the ideal getaway. We have just enjoyed the most enjoyable of holidays here over spring bank. The cottage is very well equipped and has plenty of space to acccomodate either a large family or two smaller ones. The location is central for all the highland attractions. Fishing and cycling right outside the door. We’d only been back home 3 days and booked again already for next year. Its easy to see why this cottage is so popular.

Reviewed this property on 21/04/2008
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This is the most wonderful immaculate cottage, set right by the Caledonian Canal it is so perfectly peaceful and relaxing. We had to best week here and the surrounding area has many great place to visit.

Reviewed this property on 05/04/2008
And awarded it
The Walkers & The Bairstows had a fantastic time at this warm, cosy cottage. Well done to the owners who seem to have thought of just about everything to make families feel welcome. Also many thanks to Wilderness Cottages for providing a very friendly & professional service. This fantastic cottage is in a brilliant location for accessing some of the best Scotland has to offer, the kids loved feeding the many hungry birds every morning. Fantastic weather, lots of sunshine and snow! Would recommend this cottage to anyone.

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