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We want to introduce ourselves and our policies to you and help you to get to know who we are. Wilderness Cottages was formed in 1993 and grew from letting a single self-catering cottage near Loch Ness to the business we have today. We offer a selection of high-quality holiday cottages, houses and apartments throughout Scotland.
Wilderness Cottages visits every property to ensure our guests receive the quality they expect. This is where we have an advantage over many larger agencies, who often have not visited the cottages and are only interested in marketing their summer season.
Although we have now increased the number of cottages we let, we have continued with the same policies - environmentally friendly, pet-friendly (wherever possible - a few cottages are really not suitable) and, most importantly, with personal customer service, both before and during your holiday. We are always available to help sort out any problems you might have and are only a phone call away.
As you will see while browsing our website, we offer self-catering holiday accommodation across Scotland. Popular areas include the west coast, from Sutherland to Argyll and Bute, including the Isle of Skye, where many of you are keen to stay. Some of you enjoy two centre holidays - what better combination than a week on the west coast or in Perthshire, followed by a week near the ever-mysterious Loch Ness?
Being mindful of the environment with the need to preserve the landscape and to minimise pollution everywhere, we feel it is essential in places like the Highlands, where clean air and beautiful unspoilt scenery are still prevalent, to take special care.
We try to play our part by encouraging the owners of our self-catering cottages to provide recycling containers for glass, aluminium drinks cans, metal cans, and cardboard, with a compost heap for organic waste.
We also encourage our owners to provide environmentally friendly cleaning materials and detergents.
Where owners provide feeders or tables, the birds are fed regularly throughout the year. We are always very grateful if you take over this pleasurable task while in residence. You will be rewarded with hours of amusement! However, please put whole peanuts in wire holders and not on the bird table, especially during the nesting season (April through August), as the chicks could easily choke on whole nuts. Thank you.
Pine martens enjoy jam sandwiches!! They have been known to come into close proximity for such delicacies in the summer evenings. Red squirrels come to several of our cottage gardens for the hazelnuts which grow in abundance in the area, and during the autumn, you will see them busily gathering them for their winter stores.
Sika and the native roe deer are regular garden visitors and are frequently seen walking the boundaries looking wistfully at the garden succulents. Please keep garden gates closed, especially at night!
Birds you may see in this area include golden eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, heron, Slavonian grebe, curlew, crossbills, woodcock, goosander, goldeneye, buzzard, red kites and many, many more. A half-hour drive from Loch Ness will take you to the Moray Firth to see Britain's most northerly pod of bottlenose dolphins.
We positively encourage you to bring your dogs on holiday with you - they so love places and spaces new. They will be in seventh heaven with forest trails and long beaches for walks. With them in mind, we have written a special Pets Welcome page.
See you soon.