Owl Cottage Fort Augustus - Loch Ness
Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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Owl Cottage - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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

Sleeps: 4

Price Range: £315 - £575

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Owl Cottage is a traditional croft cottage situated in the oldest part of Fort Augustus

Sleeps 4 - One Pet Welcome (Please phone if you have two)

Restored and modernised to a high standard with double glazing and high insulation values throughout, in addition to under-floor heating and a real log fire, this cosy self-catering holiday cottage offers excellent value for money in an idyllic holiday setting.

Situated in a winding lane a quarter of a mile from Loch Ness the cottage is just a short walk from the shops and bars of Fort Augustus, a picturesque and colourful village by the side of Loch Ness.

The cottage has two bedrooms and offers comfortable accommodation for 4 people. Garden furniture and a barbeque will help you to make the most of the peaceful and secluded garden at the back of the cottage, which provides the perfect spot for relaxing on a warm summer evening.

Situated at the southern tip of Loch Ness in the heart of the Highlands the village of Fort Augustus is an ideal Highland holiday base. The Caledonian Canal passes through the centre of the village, where you can watch boats from all over the world pass through the lock gates on their way to Inverness in the north or Fort William in the south from the loch side bars and restaurants lining the canal banks.

Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and Fort William, famous for its proximity to Ben Nevis are each about 50 minutes drive away, while the magnificent west coast with its sandy beaches and the magical Isle of Skye are all within a short drive.

Plenty of activities are available nearby for the energetic; walks along the canal, riverbank and forest tracks, cycling the Great Glen cycle route, horse riding, kayaking or sailing on Loch Ness and fishing are just a few of the things you will find to keep you occupied. Cruises are also available for those who prefer simply to watch!

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  • A wood stove in the light and airy sitting room creates a cosy, romantic atmosphere. Satellite TV, DVD player and stereo are provided along with films, books and games. The dining area is incorporated in the sitting room.
  • The kitchen includes an electric oven, hob and grill, fridge/freezer, breadmaker, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, washing machine and a drying room, with ironing facilities.
  • The spacious main bedroom has a king size bed and the second bedroom contains twin beds.
  • The bathroom has a luxurious corner bath with mixer taps and shower over, wash hand basin, toilet and under floor heating for your comfort.
  • Parking is available outside the cottage for two cars.
  • One pet welcome or two by arrangement.
  • The cottage has a small, secluded rear garden with a barbecue and garden furniture.

 Included in the price

  • Owl cottage has a wood burning stove and oil fired central heating, with under floor heating in the hall, kitchen and bathroom.
  • Oil, electricity and a basket of logs ready for your first log fire.
  • Bed linen, towels.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is reuqired at this property.

 Best Features

  • Within easy walking distance of Loch Ness and the shops/restaurants of Fort Augustus
  • Excellent quality low price accommodation
  • Activity holidays and great outdoor adventures on the doorstep

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Owl Cottage Reviews

The lastest reviews of Owl Cottage...

Reviewed this property on 16/07/2018
And awarded it
Comfortable, spacious cottage. Well equipped. Nice short walking distance into village. Had fun in tennis courts and playpark behind cottage.

Reviewed this property on 18/04/2018
And awarded it
We had a lovely break in Fort Augustus. The cottage is ideally placed just on the edge of town, close to everything you might need. Inside there is ample room for 4, on this occasion there were only 2 of us, which made the place seem much bigger. All you need is provided in the cottage, the only thing my wife missed was Wifi, but no problems other than that. We will visit again in the future.

Reviewed this property on 07/11/2017
And awarded it
This was the second time we had stayed at Owl Cottage, a nice place to get away from it all, cottage has everything you need for a relaxing break, would highly recommend .

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2017
And awarded it
What an absolutely peaceful and beautiful cottage. Our 2nd visit and many more to come. If you want to explore the highlands and have a welcoming well equipped base then owl cottage would be prefect for you.

Reviewed this property on 17/08/2017
And awarded it
Well equipped, clean, warm and pretty cottage. Didn't miss much except for a shower curtain and flowers in the hanging baskets. If the garden was in better shape (furniture, parasol, plants), it would be perfect. Anyway we felt at home and appreciated wine and milk.

Reviewed this property on 08/08/2017
And awarded it
We found owl cottage perfect for our week exploring the highlands. It is situated in a quiet location but only a 5 minute walk to the local shops and pubs. The cottage is a good size for a family of four and very well equipped with a secluded garden, perfect for enjoying the evening sunshine. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.

Reviewed this property on 13/07/2017
And awarded it
Owl Cottage is a good size, comfortable and really well equipped cottage. Situated in a lovely quiet lane 5 minute walk from main street, shops and amenities it was perfect for our base. We enjoyed a couple of bbq's in the garden which was secluded. The only thing you would change is I would put a proper shower in the bathroom which is big enough but we managed for a week.

Reviewed this property on 09/11/2016
And awarded it
Absolutely beautiful cottage...peaceful comfortable and has everything you need. Perfect location. we will definitely be booking again

Reviewed this property on 17/03/2016
And awarded it
Excellent cottage, easy booking, great area, all in all a lovely holiday.

Reviewed this property on 30/07/2014
And awarded it
Excellent week in a well equipped and clean cottage. The location is perfect with a two minute stroll into Fort Augustus for all amenities. Milk and bottle of wine a very welcoming touch.

Reviewed this property on 24/06/2014
And awarded it
Very central location for walking the great glen. Accommodation was good although the second bedroom was small perhaps better suited for a family than 4 adults. Overall we had a great time and would definitely consider booking this accommodation again if we were in the area.

Reviewed this property on 15/04/2014
And awarded it
We spent a week in the Owl Cottage in Fort Augustus and it was very pleasant. It is a nice wee cottage with all we needed, in a quiet but central location in the village, and clean and in nice condition. The weather was quite variable (but there is nothing you can do about it!) but didn't get in the way of what we wanted to do. One (minor) negative point: the hot water tank is very small (20 l) so hot water usage needs to be planned in advance.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Dr Gallego, thank you for your email and feedback. We are unsure as to the comment about the hot water tank, the boiler is an oil-fired combination type and heats water instantaneously. We can only assume that the water was ran so slowly and hot, that the anti-scald thermostat operated. In theory, the hot water would flow in the cottage until the entire 12,000 litre fuel oil tank ran out.

Reviewed this property on 07/11/2013
And awarded it
Beautiful cottage in a lovely location! Clean, comfortable, quiet, warm, well equipped, beautifully maintained and furnished, milk was a godsend. Home from home, with every facility that could be needed. Had a problem with the smoke detector and a phonecall to owner had this remedied within half an hour which was incredible! Only recommendation would be a mirror in master bedroom for hair drying! Lots to do and see in the area, can't recommend it highly enough, and would love to return.

Reviewed this property on 01/11/2013
And awarded it
Lovely cottage in a quiet part of Fort Augustus with everything you needed. Bench in garden was ideal as we were there whilst it was hot and were able to sit out of an evening watching the sun going down. Lovely walks from the cottage. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 06/07/2013
And awarded it
A lovely clean, welcoming,cosy & well appointed cottage in a quiet location on the edge of Fort Augustus but literally only minutes away from shops and places to eat. The quality of the workmanship involved with the renovation of what was originally two crofts is excellent. All fixtures and fittings in perfect order - the description of this cottage on the website does not do it justice. We really appreciated finding a bottle of wine in the kitchen plus milk in the fridge. Will definitely return !

Reviewed this property on 23/05/2013
And awarded it
May 11th 2013 What a lovely cottage,a home from home & so clean & cosy. Weather was cold so log burner was great. Fort Augustus is a lovely spot, pubs with good food, shops, & amazing system of locks to watch the boats go through, lovely scenery--just perfect! The wine & milk on arrival was nice as we had come a long way & arrived quite late.

Reviewed this property on 11/10/2012
And awarded it
Wonderful Holiday. Cottage was lovely and exceeded expectations, the wine and milk were much appreciated and a lovely touch. Cottage was very roomy with everything you could want. A shower would have made it perfect. We would not hesitate to book again with Wilderness cottages as we will be back to Loch Ness again.

Reviewed this property on 18/09/2012
And awarded it
Wonderful Holiday was had by all.Cottage exceeded expectations and the wine and milk were much appreciated and a lovely touch.Cottage was very self contained with everything you could want.We would not hesitate to book again with yourselves,it was hassle free and an easy process from start to finish we will certainly reccomend to friends and family Joanne Donald and Shannon Mutch.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2012
And awarded it
Had another fabulous week at Owl Cottage. Cottage well equipped and ideal for walks direct from the Cottage.

Reviewed this property on 26/08/2012
And awarded it
Lovely comfy cottage, felt just like being at home. Everything worked, very clean when we arrived and very nice to have welcoming bottle of wine and milk! Only thing that needed improvement was the hot water, which seemed to run out pretty quickly when running a bath. Thoroughly recommend a visit as Fort Augustus is a great base for day trips in the area.

Reviewed this property on 12/07/2012
And awarded it
An excellent stay in this wonderful cottage, which is a home from home. A stunning area surrounding the cottage, gives you plenty to do. At the cottage itself, you can walk in any direction and your in lovely countryside. The loch is only a very short walk away. And the milk and wine was a very nice touch. We will definately be coming back.

Reviewed this property on 19/04/2012
And awarded it
Lovely cottage, warm & cozy and a real home home-from-home. Great location, both for Fort Augustus (in a quiet position just a 5 minute walk from the village) and for Inverness/Loch Ness to the North & Fort William/to the South. Loads of things to do and see, but would recommend a RIB trip on Loch Ness and drive to Kinloch Hourn. Excellent accommodation and perfect for family x 4.

Reviewed this property on 02/04/2012
And awarded it
Back here for a 2nd year. Last year was torrential rain. What a difference. Hot and sunny all week. Sat in garden and had BBQ. New wooden bench with sun umbrella put to good use. Great indoor facilities. Comfy bed. Hot water when required. Large fridge and freezer. Corner bath with shower. Comfy sofas and wood burning stove for the cooler evenings. Didnt hear owls this year though.

Reviewed this property on 16/02/2012
And awarded it
We had a lovely weeks stay here in February 2012. The cottage is beautiful, very cosy with everything you could possibly need. It is situated in a perfect location within walking distance to Fort Augustus and very central for visiting places such as Isle of Skye and Ben Nevis etc. The only grumble I would have is that the garden is not enclosed which as far as I can see is not mentioned on this website. Our dog was very good at trotting off up the lane! Otherwise everything is perfection!

Reviewed this property on 22/06/2011
And awarded it
Just returned from a lovely, relaxing week at Owl Cottage, Fort Augustus. Beautifully clean and everything you require at your fingertips! Cottage in a very peaceful lane just a couple of minutes walk from the Caledonian Canal - perfect!

Reviewed this property on 11/04/2011
And awarded it
This lovely cottage ticked all the boxes for us. Didnt need to use the car at all as all walking from the doorstep. Great for moutain bikes too. Good local shops for food and cottage kitchen has good appliances, so could eat in or go out to eat in dog friendly pubs at canal side. Drying room a godsend - everywhere should have one! Cottage lives up to its name too!

Reviewed this property on 27/07/2010
And awarded it
Excellent cottage (well, croft!!) in a great location: in the woods, very quiet and seemingly miles from anywhere ~ yet only 3 minutes walk into busy Fort Augustus. Best of both worlds!! Clean and welcoming, Wilderness seem to go that extra bit further with a basket of logs, a chilled bottle of wine and milk, tea and sugar awaiting our arrival.

Reviewed this property on 23/06/2010
And awarded it
We stayed for a week in May 2010 and had a lovely holiday. The cottage is really cosy and well equipped and Fort Augustus is a good base for getting around the Highlands. It was nice that we could take our dog along too. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 14/06/2010
And awarded it
We had a very pleasant stay at Owl Cottage,well equipped warm and cosy,nicely situated away from the main road and close to the Great Glen Way and the lovely River Oich walk. We love Fort Augustus, ideally situated for days out to Skye, Cairngorms etc and of course the dog was welcome. The bottle of milk in the fridge and bottle of wine were a very nice gesture and made us feel very welcome.

Reviewed this property on 03/06/2010
And awarded it
Lovely cottage, great location for Loch river,canal, pubs etc and forest walks. We all loved it including the dog.Only 3 minor criticisms 1. No lock on bathroom door 2. TV screen too small 3. Wooden picnic table needed in garden for eating or children to play at.

Reviewed this property on 28/05/2010
And awarded it
Fantastic cottage, very clean and welcoming, the bottle of wine was an nice touch, 2 mins walk from the locks and pub/restuarants.(fish and chips at lock in 10out of10,central location for Fort William and Inverness, walks a plenty,we will deffo be back again!!!!!!!!!!!1

Reviewed this property on 19/01/2010
And awarded it
We stayed at Owl Cottage 28th Dec to 4th Jan 2010. This was our third visit to this lovely cosy cottage and we are looking foward to our fourth visit. The cottage was extremely picturesque covered in all the snow. It is very handy for the local shops and pubs all of which are very helpful and friendly. Pubs are dog friendly which is a bonus for our cocker spaniel Jasmine.

Reviewed this property on 01/11/2009
And awarded it
Great cottage, beautifully modernised with a tradtional feel. Quiet location close to the town and canal. Garden not enclosed.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2009
And awarded it
We loved Owl Cottage and its location on a quiet lane with hardly any traffic, but only a short walk into Fort Augustus. We had fabulous sunny weather and the cottage was a great base for site seeing, walking and relaxing.

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2009
And awarded it
A perfect place to stay - very quiet even though close to the town.
Beautifully equipped. The only fault was the poor condition of the sofas but i believe that these are due to be replaced soon (Wilderness Cottages can now confirm that the sofas have been replaced. 26th September 2009). Apart from this, would fully reccommend this cottage & would have no hesitation in staying here again if we were to have another holiday in this area. Overall, a fantastic holiday.

Reviewed this property on 30/08/2009
And awarded it
This was our first visit as a family to this part of Scotland and what a fabulous cottage we stayed in. Clean and cosy - what more could we ask. Weather wasn’t great but that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves. Hope to visit again next year.

Reviewed this property on 22/06/2009
And awarded it
We have been to the cottage 3 times now, Its been a privilidge to stay in such a nice cottage & area there`s plenty to do & loads of places to visit resturants are good as well as the locals.We are hoping to go next year 2010.

Reviewed this property on 06/03/2009
And awarded it
We had lovely time at Owl.It has to be the warmest,cosiest cottage we have stayed at to date with a great location just above Fort Augustus.It’s up a narrow,quiet,lane with an old church a stone’s throw from the front door from where you can get a panaoramic view over the Fort Augustus.The woodland walks are fantastic and fairly easy eaven for casual walkers & our springer spaniel Cody was in dog heaven for the entire week.Like other Wilderness cottages that we have stayed in,I would recommend Owl to anyone looking for a cosy break in a great location in excellent accomodation which is real value for money.
David Moncrieff

Reviewed this property on 28/10/2008
And awarded it
The Highlands never fail to impress - excellent week in Fort Augustus and round about. Very lucky with weather - cottage was well equipt and lovely and warm to return to at the end of the day.

Only negative - twin room beds a bit lumpy.

Reviewed this property on 12/10/2008
And awarded it
Got back yesterday from a brilliant week in Owl Cottage. Ideally situated, spotlessly clean and well equipped, it felt more like a home than a holiday cottage. Beautiful scenery in all directions from fort Augustus and even though the weather was a bit Scottish, the scenery still managed to look impressive. Our little dog was doing impressions of Nessie by swimming in the loch every morning.
Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cottage.

Reviewed this property on 03/08/2008
And awarded it
Myself and my family had a wonderful weeks holiday at Owl Cottage in Fort Augustus.The cottage has everything a family needed and more,it was immaculately clean well laid out and very spacious.The location is excellent in that it is very quiet but only about five minutes walk to all the local shops restaurants and of course Loch Ness. If I had anything negative to say it would be the photos on this site do not do the cottage justice as it is a beautiful well maintained lovely place to stay with your family.Should the weather not be on side it is a comfortable place to be in with games,DVDs,Music Cd’s and books to keep all members and age groups content.Highly recommend the cottage and area to anyone.

Reviewed this property on 06/06/2008
And awarded it
Excellent cottage - best we have stayed in. Could not fault. Would hoghly recommend.
Had lovely holiday in Fort Augustus - sun shone all week.

Reviewed this property on 08/04/2008
And awarded it
Had a brilliant week in Owl Cottage. The log fire was great, the kids made toast over it! The weather was kind to us, the snow on the mountain tops was fantastic. Ideal location, within easy walking distance of Fort Augustus.
The cottage was lovely and very well equipped with lots of DVDs, books etc.

Reviewed this property on 03/05/2007
And awarded it
If you want a relaxing holiday this is the place to choose!
Beautiful cottage in a quiet area of Fort Augustus. Lots of places to explore, we walked 21 miles in three days!
Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 05/11/2006
And awarded it
Words do not bescribe our truly wonderful holiday,
it is one of the best we have had.
see you next year!

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