Balmachree Whitebridge - South Loch Ness
Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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Balmachree  - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Location: Whitebridge - South Loch Ness - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Sleeps: 8

Price From: £435 p.w.

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Balmachree Loch Ness Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Sleeps 8 - Wi-Fi - Log fire - Pets welcome

Luxury property 4 miles from Loch Ness at Whitebridge on the quiet and unspoilt side of Loch Ness. The cottage is just a couple of minutes walk from a country pub which also serves excellent food. Your pets are welcome at Balmachree and they will no doubt be in their element exploring the local footpaths and hill walks, not to mention the fun to be had dipping paws into the nearby rivers and Lochs!! The garden is enclosed so that your four legged friends are not tempted to go walkies without a human companion.

Situated at Whitebridge, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands 4 miles from Loch Ness on the south side of Loch Ness, 9 miles from the picturesque lochside village of Fort Augustus. This large high quality self catering holiday home has been designed and equipped with the small group or larger family in mind. The stunning Highland location is the perfect setting for a truly memorable self catering holiday in the Highlands of Scotland.

This is one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland and so close to the world famous Loch Ness. Balmachree holiday house is situated on the riverbank surrounded by hills and birch woodlands and threaded with quiet roads, the area is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast for cycling, hill-walking, mountaineering, skiing, fishing, (fishing permits can be obtained at the nearby Whitebridge Hotel) windsurfing or golf.

The house with 2 double & 2 twin bedrooms, including one downstairs double bedroom, is big enough to cater for a group of 8 people in spacious comfort. The Whitebridge Hotel is an easy two minute walk from the house and serves excellent food. The hotel bar and restaurant is open to non residents.

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  • Lounge with log fire, TV, Video, DVD, WiFi and Hi Fi system. Adjoining sunroom overlooking the river
  • Dining room separate dining room with table and seating for 8 people, a high chair is also available for the baby
  • Kitchen includes - Electric oven hob and grill, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, toaster etc
  • Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities
  • Double bedroom with a king size bed and an en-suite shower room with wc and whb
  • Separate toilet.


  • One bedroom with double bed
  • Two bedrooms with twin beds
  • Cot available and high chair
  • Separate bathroom with bath, separate shower, wc and whb

 Included in the price

  • Oil fired central heating
  • Basket of logs included
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Electricity
  • WiFi
  • Off road private parking for up to 3 cars
  • Garden furniture and barbecue

Pets Welcome

3 pets are welcome at the property and the garden is enclosed

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property

Best Features

  • A little piece of Highland heaven for families and friends
  • South Loch Ness beautiful unspoilt Scottish wild country
  • 2 minute walk to the Hotel bar and restaurant. Public internet access point at the hotel

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Balmachree Reviews

The latest reviews of Balmachree ...

Reviewed this property on 05/11/2020
And awarded it
Lovely location and fantastic property with all the facilities necessary. The Whitebridge Hotel next door was great with a once weekly take out menu as was the Waterfall Cafe in Foyers which did a great take away fish and chip menu on Friday night. Fantastic walking in all directions. Recommended: the South Loch Ness trail - particularly the route from Whitebridge across the fields to Foyers which only takes an hour or so, Corrimony Cairn and the nearby RSPB reserve on the opposite side of Loch Ness. Dog owners should note that the garden at Balmachree is not fully dogproof . nb. Bring firelighters and kindling for the wood burner (some wood is supplied), and loo roll !

Reviewed this property on 27/10/2020
And awarded it
A lovely cottage, quiet and secluded. Everything you could wish for, and well equipped. The garden was superb, providing safe, enclosed grounds for our very inquisitive German Shepherd to play and explore. We very much enjoyed relaxed early evenings watching the wildlife from the conservatory. Short and scenic drives put you directly in to the main tourist areas of Fort Augustus and Inverness, or a little further afield to Grantown on Spey, the Whisky Trails and Cairngorms. We are just trying to shuffle our holidays next year for another visit.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2020
And awarded it
We had a great week at Balmachree, excellent location, very clean & comfortable. There is plenty of room, the kitchen is good for self-catering, and the showers are excellent. The sun room at the end was great for sitting, chatting, or reading. We found the location very peaceful and easy to relax in. The Whitebridge Hotel is 5 minutes walk and they are very welcoming, the food is very tasty - as is the beer! There is so much to do in the area, we did plenty of walks & cycling - although the hill from Fort Augustus is a bit steep!! The countryside & scenery is fantastic. We would definitely come back & stay again.

Reviewed this property on 30/09/2019
And awarded it
This is a lovely spacious house in a beautiful quiet location with a huge enclosed garden It was spotlessly clean with comfortable beds There were some down sides however , some of which have been pointed out by previous guests We use cottages several times a year and have become used to a welcome pack of basics Here there was a bottle of wine only The house is some miles on twisty roads from a shop so clients need to know to take milk bread coffee tea etc as nothing is provided....not even hand wash or soap or a new toilet roll Be warned! You need to bring everything you need The plumbing is really really noisy The noise and vibration when water was run was like an aircraft taking off! It was so bad during the night it would put us off returning which is a pity Electric kettle handle loose Hairdryer not working Radiator control in bedroom broken In summary is a lovely house but it is in need of basic maintenance With a few basics for arrival and the above points remedied it would be perfect

Reviewed this property on 18/09/2019
And awarded it
What a great place Balmachree is to stay whilst exploring the Highlands. Fantastic well equipped large cottage very comfortable with the biggest enclosed garden for the dog to run in. Lovely quiet location with just a pub a few minutes walk away . Plenty of local walks on offer too. The only downer we had was the noisy water system on showering or flushing but that certainly wouldn't put us off staying again as I'm sure it will be an easy fix. Will definitely visit again in the near future

Reviewed this property on 12/06/2018
And awarded it
We were a group of 7 walkers so the location was ideal for heading in any direction and within an hour's drive of lots of hills. Balmachree is a lovely, comfortable, well equipped house - plenty space for everyone and in a very peaceful spot. Some plumbing noise in the upstairs toilet is a minor maintenance issue but in no way spoiled our stay. We would all have been happy to have Balmachree as our home!

Reviewed this property on 13/04/2018
And awarded it
What a fantastic holiday, the house was perfect, the dogs loved the massive garden. Couldn't work out how to get to the river, but we can do that next time as we will be returning. Ideal for all of us. Just what we were looking for. Highly recommend

Reviewed this property on 10/06/2017
And awarded it
Cannot praise the house and location enough the 3 dogs and both of us had an amazing time and were all sad to leave.

Reviewed this property on 31/05/2017
And awarded it
This cottage is absolutely delightful, we were a family of 6 adults a toddler and 3 dogs. This cottage covered everything, the garden is enormous and a river running at the bottom beyond a fence, a rocky shallow river with plenty of trees all around, there are 2 other cottages either side of it but not intrusive in any way. There is plenty of parking for 3 cars and a garage with bbq, table and chairs. The house was large enough for everyone not to be in each others pocket. could do with a few more appliances in the kitchen, perhaps a slow cooker and toastie machine? Sky TV is basic but you haven't gone all that way to watch TV! WiFi could be intermittent when it wanted. If your not built like a cocktail stick I suggest you take your own bath towels as they're only small. But, we coped very well, only there for a week. The views are wonderful, very rugged compared to the other side of loch Ness. Beautiful dark lochs, forests and mountains. We had a Pine Martin at the bottom of the garden one day, that's how remote it is. If you want peace and quiet, this is the spot. Only traffic is logging wagons and the school bus in a morning. the log burner was lovely in the evening. Very central to go anywhere. Lots of places to go. Nearest little shop is in Foyers, got most things but a bit expensive, but she has to make a living. All in all a fantastic week, not one of us wanted to go home, so I can highly recommend Balmachree for your holiday *****

Reviewed this property on 29/04/2016
And awarded it
A very comfortable house in a nice location absolutly !!! We loved the house, both in terms of its location and its facilities. With 4 children and 4 adults, we had more than enough space. As a starting point to explore the land that Balmachree is ideally suited. We will gladly come again !! We would love to come back!

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
What a fabulous service from the company and an amazing cottage! ( pair of..,) I didn't have high hopes as the photos showed a basic interior but how wrong we were : the house was so comfortable, brilliant layout and lovely and warm with perfect showers and fan breakout spaces and laundry facilities . Only improvement would be placemats and more mugs and cutlery as only 1 set of each .

Reviewed this property on 31/12/2015
And awarded it
The location is beautiful and remote. The cottage is spacious and well equipped with white goods. Unfortunately the oven has been cleaned so you cannot see the controls and the photo does not really help. Rather difficult to cook Xmas dinner. I have been to a lot of holiday homes and there has always been a welcome pack of a few teabags coffee etc. After such a long drive and not being able to get in until 4pm you do not want to drive to find a shop. I had brought a lot with me but expected this to be as I had experienced before. I would suggest perhaps an extra service where you could pay for a welcome pack. I would go again as the area is so lovely but would appreciate a more welcome.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2015
And awarded it
Just returned from a very enjoyable week's stay at the property with family and 3 dogs. Balmacree is a home from home with wonderful surrounding countryside. Had a great time. Only criticism is there was no inventory that we could find to report glass damage to glass door and worktop marks on arrival. Would definitely recommend though.

Reviewed this property on 31/08/2015
And awarded it
We stayed here as 2 families of 4 and found the house to be perfect for our needs. Spacious and well equipped with a large garden which was very safe for the kids. Good wifi and sky tv too if you need it. The local pub also very friendly and good pub grub. Great base to explore the highlands. We will definitely stay again. If you are staying at Balmachree we can highly recommend the walk across the road to the falls of foyers aprox 10 miles round trip but an easy and enjoyable walk for most abilities.

Reviewed this property on 12/08/2015
And awarded it
The accommodation at Balmachree, Whitebridge was an excellent choice for visiting the Loch Ness area, near to Foyers and Fort Augustus, the house was a large 4 double bedroom property and suitable for our three generational family holiday and our four legged friends (3) two large and one small and can highly recommend this cottage to anyone wishing a holiday in "the wilderness" of the Highlands of Scotland.

Reviewed this property on 30/04/2015
And awarded it
Stayed here in July 2014. 4 adults, 1 infant, 3 dogs and there felt like there was space for much more! We were so lucky with the weather the week we stayed but even if it wasn't so nice it wouldn't have mattered as the property is perfect and located close to Fort Augustus and the local hotel serves decent food! My little girl & all the dogs loved the massive garden space, genuinely a great property!

Reviewed this property on 20/10/2014
And awarded it
It was a fantastic holiday. We would highly recommend Balmachree as it was beautiful, well maintained and very very clean.

Reviewed this property on 21/05/2014
And awarded it
What a welcoming cottage at the end of a 12 hour journey. Spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Beautiful area with many fabulous walks. Neighboring pub/hotel again offered us a warm welcome. Dogs are allowed. Food was tasty and great value for money. All in all a fabulous week, when even the sun shined down. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

Reviewed this property on 09/11/2012
And awarded it
Had a lovely time Balmachree was all it said it would be. Everything we needed and my three dogs loved it as much as we did. Would reccomend it without hesitation to any one thinking of visiting the Highlands. Once again Wilderness cottages came up trumps.

Reviewed this property on 25/07/2012
And awarded it
Can only agree with the other reviews - great cottage. We were six adults and two young children plus 3 dogs and there was plenty of room for us all. Only (slight) drawback was that there were no games for the children so lucky that we had taken some with us and no "library" for the relaxing moments.

Reviewed this property on 12/06/2012
And awarded it
Fantastic cottage and blissfully quiet, except occasionally hearing neighbours dog, plentiful gardens for our two dogs to run around, and fantastic walks. Only minor complaint was reception for satellite t.v which kept on cutting out. Many thanks for the use of balmachree cottage, and hopefully we will return

Reviewed this property on 08/06/2012
And awarded it
I had originally booked this cottage for my husband my son and his partner and me but my son cancelled at the last moment so two of us had this lovely very large cottage to ourselves. We were not disappointed. Wonderful place. A home from home. Everything one could need. Modern, clean, comfortable with a large garden for the dogs. Only two neighbouring homes near by so nice and quiet. Log fire if needed and sun room, not that we saw much sun! Excellent. Thoroughly recommend it.

Reviewed this property on 23/02/2012
And awarded it
Lovely spacious home. Lots of room for kids to run around garden. Welcome gifts of teabags, milk, wine and shortbread was a lovely touch. Fire was amazing. We had a great, relaxing weekend. Would definitely recommend and would like to return. The main item lacking in the property was a guest information pack. There were also no instructions how to access the property so we had to play "hunt the key" when we arrived in the dark!

Reviewed this property on 25/11/2011
And awarded it
our long weekend break at Balmachree was excellent, the cottage was very nice/clean and comfortable in a very quiet area, our 2 dogs loved the freedom in the large garden, the pub served excellent food and was very welcoming. The only issue was the wood burner that must have had a blockage in the flue as it filled the living room with smoke.

Reviewed this property on 17/10/2011
And awarded it
My Son his family, my husband, myself, plus 3 dogs had a week at Balmachree. The weather was not favourable but we had a brilliant chill out week. The Cottage was clean and very well equiped. We also managed to get Tesco's to deliver food etc. which I ordered the week before online. The children and dog's loved the huge garden and the river at the bottom of the garden. We hope to be back at a later date.

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2011
And awarded it
We had a great long weekend at Balmachree, it's every bit as good as it looks in the pictures, spacious, well equipped and spotlessly clean. Our dog loved the large garden to roam about in and we all loved the views of the trees and hills from just about every window. Excellent location, peaceful, but close to so many interesting sightseeing areas.

Reviewed this property on 24/04/2011
And awarded it
We have visited this area of Scotland before although on this occassion needed more space as the in-laws were joining my family. Balmachree was much better than expected, it was larger than we anticipated with plenty of room for the 7 of us and the dog and very well appointed. The photo's don't do it justice. The garden is massive and our dog loved it. The kids loved playing in the river at the bottom of the garden which was full of rocks and only 1' deep in most places. Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed this property on 17/01/2011
And awarded it
A purely beautiful setting. It is a fabulous place to get away from it all. Thank you for such a lovely holiday! Will return for the third time next year!

Reviewed this property on 04/08/2010
And awarded it
We had a fantastic holiday whilst staying in Balmachree in Whitebridge. The cottage was spacious, clean, with comfy beds, and very well kitted out with absolutely everything we could have needed for our weeks stay. The massive garden was perfect for our dogs to have good run around and play in. They loved it too. Felt like home away from home!

Reviewed this property on 30/05/2010
And awarded it
Cottage very clean and well equipped in a great location. In a very tranquil place with a great garden for the dogs to run free and safe. Pub close by for meals but really need a car for travel elsewhere. A small welcome pack of tea etc. would be good for travellers from afar who really don't want to unpack as soon as they arrive. Also information on local walks would be very useful. Overall a great place to holiday and would certainly return.

Reviewed this property on 10/03/2010
And awarded it
I had a fantastic holiday from 28 feb to 07 mar,we stayed at Whitebridge in the highlands at a property called Balmachree,the property was spotless and had everything you needed,this was my 6th year at Whitebridge it has everything you want for a break,peace and quiet,views,walks and with a small bit of travel loads to do and see,the people are fantastic i have some very good friends there now,i will be going back next year,if not sooner, i would like to say Thankyou very much wilderness cottage

Reviewed this property on 28/02/2010
And awarded it
Another great week in Balmacree Cottage (our 3rd year). Plenty of snow when we arrived and lots more during the week. All enjoyed sledging down the slopes in the garden.Got snowed in but still enjoyed the week,even though we had to dig the car out when we were ready to return home.Thank you Donald (cottage owner) for bringing shovels and extra logs down. We will be back there next year.

Reviewed this property on 24/11/2009
And awarded it
We stayed at this beautiful cottage October 09 for a week .We were 2 families - 4 adults 4 children and a dog.The pictures do not do this cottage justice- it is very clean and homely with all the amenities you could wish for. Lots of room for 2 families and very spacious. Lovely setting with 2 other cottages and the pub at the end of the road.( food was delicious !!) It is approx 8 miles from nearest amenities in Fort william. We visited Ben nevis cable car range, Loch ness, Inverness and Foyers waterfalls during our stay x Fort william is beautiful. We loved our stay here and you are close to the deers just along the road morning and evening. Definately highly reccomended x Book it You ll love it xx

Reviewed this property on 22/08/2009
And awarded it
Lovely, practical and comfortable house with everything you need, in a fantastic setting ... mountains, lochs, streams and so much wildlife ... friendly locals at the Whitebridge Hotel, fantastic walk to Foyers, and well placed for trips all over the Highlands. We will definitely stay here again next time we go away as a large family group. Only slightly negative comment I can make is that the website doesn’t inform you that the house is in a close with 2 other homes, not a problem for us, but its not as isolated as the photos would suggest, however there is a lot of space between the houses therefore still very private and the stream at the bottom of the garden is an absolute treat. Fantastic holiday that sadly went by far too quickly.

Reviewed this property on 18/03/2009
And awarded it
Thank you so much. Our 3rd year in the Highlands (always in February), where all our cottages have been lovely but this could well have been the best! We arrived after very heavy snow falls. When our car got stuck in the drifts on the drive, a local man cheerfully pulled us out and the hotel minded our car until it cleared. Everyone was so friendly. The house was superb - and the views were stunning. Frozen lochs are truely a site to see! A perfect base for touring. We are coming back to Wildeness Cottages and will try another one, though it was tempting to return here!

Reviewed this property on 27/10/2008
And awarded it
We were delighted with the house which was very spacious, clean and warm. The situation is marvellous right by a river though fenced off and a lovely garden. We were able to visit Culloden, Glen Affric and see Stags grazing at the road side!
Thoroughly recommend staying there.

Reviewed this property on 24/02/2008
And awarded it
We had a fantastic holiday.The cottage and grounds cannot be faulted.We had plenty of snow,so it was snowball fights and snowmen building, then returning to the spacious cottage for hot chocolate in the large sun lounge.Although there were 8 off us the cottage did not seem crowded. We had a few evening meals and drinks at the Whitebridge Hotel,good food and friendly staff/locals.Just as well it was downhill to the cottage from the hotel.It was good to have the owners close by,nothing was too much trouble for them,(a replacement kettle when ours packed up was replaced in 10 mins.)We will definitely be returning.It was ideal for the grand-children and the labrador as the garden was all fenced in,so quite safe.

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