Glenara Fort Augustus - Loch Ness
Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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Glenara - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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

Sleeps: 3

Price From: £495 p.w.

Christmas: £650

New Year: £650

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Glenara, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness

Sleeps 3 - Wood Burner - One Pet Welcome

No Children Allowed - see below

'Glenara' is a traditional cottage built in 1901, located in a quiet lane facing the five locks of the Caledonian Canal in the centre of the Loch Ness village of Fort Augustus in the heart of the 'Great Glen'. The large garden at the rear of 'Glenara' runs down to the River Oich which flows in to Loch Ness. The cottage is on a strip of land, known locally as 'Long Island', which extends a distance of 6 to 7 miles between Loch Ness and Loch Oich and is wedged between the Canal and the River, which is part of 'The Great Glen Way'.

During the holiday season, the village bustles with visitors and is a popular holiday venue, with its many cafes, bars and restaurants. With Loch Ness a few minutes walk from 'Glenara' you can do a spot of ' Nessie' hunting and take a boat trip on Loch Ness either from the Village or longer trips are available with Jacobite Cruises from Inverness.

Fort Augustus is geographically right in the heart of the Highlands and makes an ideal base for your Highland holiday. The magnificent west coast, with its sandy beaches and the magical Isle of Skye are all within a few hours drive. For a spot of retail therapy, Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is about 40 minutes drive away. With walks by the river, along the canal and in the forests, cycling on the Great Glen cycle route, you will find plenty to keep you occupied.

Guests with Children

Due to various factors relating to safety, including the close proximity of the river children are not allowed.

More information



  • Sitting room with wood burner, CD player and radio. Selection of books. Dining table.
  • Lounge overlooking the garden and river Oich. Freesat TV/DVD, CD player and radio. The lounge has a double aspect over looking the garden and the river, with the mountains beyond.
  • Galley kitchen with all the usual cooking facilities. Electric oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer and tumble dryer in shed.
  • Double bedroom.


  • Cosy single bedroom with coombed ceilings.
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, wash hand basin and toilet.

Important information

As the property is of a traditional style, the staircase leading to the bathroom and single bedroom is quite steep and would need to be taken with care, especially for the less able person.

Included in the price

  • Bed linen and towels provided.
  • All electricity and initial fuel for the wood burner.
  • Oil fired central heating.

Other Facilities

  • Ironing facilities.
  • Hairdryer.
  • Enclosed rear garden has access to the river and fishing is available from the bank for trout. However if you want to fish for salmon, then a permit and licence would be required.
  • Garden furniture.
  • Parking for one car.

Pet Policy

One well behaved pet is welcome and the garden is enclosed.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

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

Best Features

  • River location and Loch Ness just short walk.
  • Many walks available from the doorstep.
  • Very close to the Great Glen cycle route, so don't forget to bring the mountain bike!
  • Bars, shops, and restaurants within walking distance.

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Glenara Reviews

The latest reviews of Glenara...

Reviewed this property on 28/12/2021
And awarded it
We stayed at Glenara over Xmas and had a great time there. It's a beautiful old cottage, in a great location, near to the top lock of the Fort Augustus flight on the Caledonian Canal. On arrival, were met by Bob, who we immediately liked, and who told us all about the cottage and the village. We soon unpacked and settled into the cottage. There wasn't room to bring our large estate car down the lane and park at the side of the house, but we parked at the top of the lane and felt happy that the car was safe and secure there. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped and the heating system worked well and we lit the lovely log stove for the effect. There was unlimited hot water. There is quite a steep staircase to the toilet/bath on the upper floor but it wasn't a problem for us although it could be a problem for someone with mobility issues. I'm 6'2" so couldn't fit under the shower because of the coombed ceiling but a bath suited me perfectly well. Tracey, who's more vertically challenged... ;-), could fit under the shower comfortably. The view from the rear lounge towards the river was beautiful. It was perfectly silent at night with no sound whatsoever. The towpath walks along the Canal are beautiful and we cycled 30km along them too. The cottage is perfectly situated for Inverness and Fort William and the drive along the A82 beside lochs Lochy and Oich is stunning. In all, we have no hesitation in recommending Glenara.

Reviewed this property on 01/11/2021
And awarded it
Lovely cottage tucked out of the way, within 5 mins walking distance of Fort Augustus main street.

Reviewed this property on 18/08/2021
And awarded it
It is a really nice place. Clean with beautiful views. Close to the Fort Augustus attractions and far enough from the main road so you would have peace and quiet. Our dog loved it too.

Reviewed this property on 27/05/2021
And awarded it
Lovely cottage in a lovely area. Right in the heart of Fort Augustus but you wouldn't know it. Bob was there on arrival to explain a few things about the cottage, Tesco delivery arrived one hour later and the holiday could begin. We just chilled for the week with plenty of walks but you are in the ideal place to visit many places

Reviewed this property on 07/11/2017
And awarded it
Beautifully situated cottage right in the heart of Fort Augustus near the canal locks and with stunning view from lounge over the river. Cosy and comfortable, very well equipped. Lots of tourist information and leaflets in the dining room to help you plan your holiday. Very welcoming and friendly owner greeted us on arrival and departure. Highly recommended for a couple or 3 people.

Reviewed this property on 09/10/2017
And awarded it
Lovely cottage. Very quiet. The houseowner was very friendly. Fantastic view. Very clean. We enjoyed our stay. Thank you!

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2017
And awarded it
Lovely clean and comfortable cottage. Ideal location for village amenities and touring base. Garden views made this property extra special. Robin very welcoming. Would recommend.

Reviewed this property on 03/08/2017
And awarded it
Comfortable, well located cottage. Ideal location for touring area. Great reception by owner. Difficult parking situation.

Reviewed this property on 28/07/2017
And awarded it
Have a lovely week in this cosy little cottage in Fort Augustous. Very clean and cosy cottage with everything you need for your stay. Bob the owner was very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed eating in the Lock Inn in the village and even better our little dog was also allowed in. All in all a very friendly place to stay.

Reviewed this property on 24/06/2017
And awarded it
Spent a week here, great Cottage and Garden, perfect for our Dog Rambo. As some previous reviews mentioned the Shower was a bit tight but easily manageable once you got used to it (I'm 6 foot and had no problem). The Cottage was an ideal base for travelling to the many places of attraction, Glenfinnann, Morar, Arisaig were just a few of the places we visited plus of course the Castle on the Loch. The town was quite busy even tho' the weather was horrendous, but we were well prepared for that knowing what Summers like in Scotland, and it certainly did not stop us having a great time. Will certainly return and have already recommended a Wilderness Holiday to our Friends.

Reviewed this property on 30/03/2017
And awarded it
Lovely well appointed cottage in a quiet spot but very close to all amenities. Welcomed by Mr Lee and shown how to use the facilities. Fantastic view of the river, cosy and warm as snowing while we were there. I would highly recommend this cottage as a base to explore Loch Ness and the surrounding area

Reviewed this property on 03/08/2016
And awarded it
Had a very pleasant stay at Glenara last week and we found the cottage very clean and comfortable! The owner Bob met us on arrival and I found that a nice personal touch! Location was perfect, right in the heart of the village of a fort Augustus next to the Caledonian Canal! The cottage sits back slightly from the road so it was also very peaceful and quiet! Big garden goes right down to the river with splendid views and perfect for our dog Bear to run around in and be safely enclosed! Hubbie enjoyed fishing from there also! We would definitely return.

Reviewed this property on 16/07/2016
And awarded it
Comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting, ideally situated for the amenities in the village.

Reviewed this property on 12/07/2016
And awarded it
Very comfortable, clean cottage with all we needed. Superb location with large back garden leading down to the river bank. In the mornings we watched the boats going up and down the canal locks as we breakfasted. Great week.

Reviewed this property on 08/07/2016
And awarded it
Excellent accommodation, clean and smart with a charming garden backing onto the river. Well situated for excursions to either coast or for Loch Ness. (We went to Urquhart castle, Skye, Aviemore, Arisaig, Morar, Glenfinnan, Aonach Mor, Inverness, Loch Linnhe). Fort Augustus is small but bustling and was a good base for a holiday in the Highlands.

Reviewed this property on 24/04/2016
And awarded it
What an excellent holiday we had, Bob the owner could not have been more helpful. The heating went off one afternoon, (due to no fault of the owner) he went out of his way to make sure we were warm enough and got the heating repaired the same day, actually repaired at 8pm. The cottage was really comfortable and had everything you could wish, we didn't want to leave. Would definitely recommend this cottage if you want a peaceful, enjoyable holiday.

Reviewed this property on 05/04/2016
And awarded it
Glendara cottage is a very special little place, it is full of character and charm and is just so homely warm and comfortable. The photos just don't do it justice. The garden is wonderful and the views from the garden overlooking the river and hills are perfect. We absolutely adored our stay here, it is the best holiday we have ever had. the village and surrounding area is absolutely breaktakingly beautiful. There is so much to do in the surrounding area. There is a lot of information in the cottage about local walks, activities, restaurants, taxis etc, and I appreciated that there was a lot of books and scrabble and monopoly to play too. We arrived later than planned but the friendly owner arranged to visit to check we were OK the next day and we could contact him if we had any questions. Our only problem was having to leave.

Reviewed this property on 02/04/2016
And awarded it
What a wonderful find. So pleased we booked the Glenara. Its delightful, we felt comfortable from the moment we walked in, lovely and warm even when it was cold outside, it had a lovely coal fire in the dining room , that we didnt need to light as was lovely and warm from the central heating. The sitting soom was our favourite room it a had a huge picture window that looked out over the garden and onto the beautiful River Oiche. Lots of Birds visited the garden , just added to the break. The bed which is always a worry when you stay anywhere , was so comfortable i wish i could of took it home !!! Thank you Bob for making us and Fudge very welcome, we really didn't want to leave and go home !!! We will be back !! Thank you for having us .......

Reviewed this property on 04/03/2016
And awarded it
Great. Had a lovely time staying in the cottage. Owner met us on arrival with a warm welcome and also provided some local advice on eateries and trips further afield that interested us. Fantastic views of the river from the cottage and close proximity yet, quiet location to the town. Cottage is very clean, very well located to explore the surrounding areas. We explored Inverness, Isle of Skye and of course the very local area on our stay. It's an old cottage and so the heating is required to be on. Lovely warming fire too. Bathroom and therefore shower is in the eaves of the cottage and can be 'fun' to use but is manageable. I'm 6ft 2 and managed it ok. My girlfriend and I would stay here again.

Reviewed this property on 08/10/2015
And awarded it
Glenara was a very comfortable cottage with all the amenities you would expect. It was well laid out and very comfortable. The double bed was very comfortable and I have it on good authority that the single bed was also very comfortable. Robin the owner was the nicest most accommodating person I have met and couldn't do enough for us. I would absolutely recommend this cottage to anyone who likes the simpler, quieter life.

Reviewed this property on 22/09/2015
And awarded it
We had a fantastic week staying at Glenara which is a warm, comfortable, well positioned cottage down a tiny lane, opposite the top of the locks. The front room has an open fire and overlooks the lane towards the locks. The back room has a ceiling to floor window which made the room feel very light, with an amazing elevated view of the well-kept big garden, trees and the river. Both rooms have a TV. Well equipped kitchen and easy to use cooker and microwave. The main bedroom is downstairs, with single bedroom upstairs. Very comfortable double bed. We absolutely loved Glenara which was perfectly located away from any traffic but has everything a short walk away. Fort Augustus is a bustling little place with good pubs, chip shop, gift shops and lots of boats to watch as they travel through the locks into Loch Ness which is a 10 minute walk away. The view of Loch Ness as you're walking towards it from the bridge in Fort Augustus is stunning. The owner Rob was very friendly too, he met us on arrival and showed us around which after a very long car journey, was appreciated. We were also lucky with the weather - sunshine every day!

Reviewed this property on 19/08/2015
And awarded it
A charming and perfectly located cottage with everything we needed. A good selection of shops and restaurants available within walking distance. Centrally positioned for easy access to many tourist attractions.

Reviewed this property on 07/06/2015
And awarded it
Just had a week in this lovely cottage. Very well equipped, clean and comfortable. Owner was worried about stairs for my 91 y.o. Mother but hand rails on both sides of stairs made it easy for her. Really enjoyed our time there

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2014
And awarded it
Cottage ideally situated between river and canal. Picture postcard. Couldn't get any better. Comfortable and clean. All home comforts. Garden secure for dog. Weather was brilliant so added to most enjoyable and much needed holiday. Owner on hand to meet and greet - nice personal touch. Fort Augustus was utterly delightful and picturesque area.

Reviewed this property on 05/03/2014
And awarded it
My Wife and I stayed for a week in late Feb. The cottage is in the small village of Fort Augustus, close to the modern locks and canal, friendly pubs and restaurants are nothing more than a 10 minute walk. The cottage is ideal for two, with only a small room upstairs, the fire was well stocked with coal which made for cosy evenings and the cottage stayed warm even in February! Everything we needed was at hand, Robin the owner was very helpful and the cottage was clean and tidy.

Reviewed this property on 11/02/2014
And awarded it
Idyllic wee cottage with everything we wanted and needed. Everything spotlessly clean and whole cottage very cosy, comfortable and lovely decor. Lovely to have breakfast watching the birds in the back garden and River Oich at breakfast, and then warming up in front of the open fire in the evenings after good days on the hills. Grocery shop in the garage had everything we needed and not expensive - no need to traipse to Inverness or Fort William. A perfect holiday!

Reviewed this property on 13/01/2014
And awarded it
The cottage is really spacious, feels very homely the coal fire was well received and used.Having the canal at the front of the property and the river at the bottom of the rear garden makes thisan excellent location. Fort Augustus and the Canal are great for exploring on foot. By car the Moray Firth, Skye Road, Road to Nowhere, Inverness and Fort William are all easily reached. The shower is "fun" but doesn't detract from the overall quality.

Reviewed this property on 29/06/2013
And awarded it
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday staying at Glenara for three weeks.The cottage outdid our expectations and was beautifully situated to take advantage of all that the Highlands have to offer.The owner was kindness itself and always willing to help if required.Our labrador adored the garden and it was wonderful to know he was safe outside. We would recommend this delightful cottage to anyone and hope we can return before too long.

Reviewed this property on 07/05/2013
And awarded it
Enjoyed a week at Glenara with my dog. The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and very clean. Views over the garden great and boats can be seen high above going through the canal locks from the front room. An excellent location and very peaceful. It's good to have a nice owner who is local and who will meet guests on arrival.

Reviewed this property on 13/03/2013
And awarded it
We had a wonderful time in this cottage. It has a lovely view out the back onto the river and also a lovely cosy sitting room with open fire was even better! its great having two living rooms. It was lovely and quiet but very close to the pubs and amenities. There was a pheasant that kept visiting the garden each day and lots of wild birds. I would strongly recommend staying here - it has all the facilities you need plus charm and convenient location. Highly recommended! :) lovely owner too!

Reviewed this property on 04/10/2012
And awarded it
Just returned from a week at Glenara - what a pretty little cottage, in the centre of Fort Augustus right next to the locks but still quiet enough for peace and quiet. Well equipped, clean and tidy. The room at the back overlooks the river and garden with a floor to ceiling window - lovely bright and airy. I would agree about the shower but have to say I enjoyed having a relaxing bath after a day out walking and sightseeing anyway.

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2012
And awarded it
a very pretty cottage well equiped and in the perfect location very close to the locks perfect for boat watching. A very clean cottage and the owner will meet you on arival a very nice man.We took our 2 labradors they loved it as much as us especialy the large well kept garden.

Reviewed this property on 20/07/2012
And awarded it
Lovely cottage great location, weather not too bad fishing from the botton of the garden didn't catch one but saw plenty rising. will be back

Reviewed this property on 01/11/2011
And awarded it
We really enjoyed our stay in this cozy little cottage. It was just as described and lovely and clean. The cottage is only stone's throw from the locks on the Caledonian canal and has a beautiful view from the back garden - which in itself is lovely. The kitchen has everything you need if cooking on holiday. I agree that the shower is a little awkward but not a great problem. Handy for local eateries, but be warned, I we thought they were a bit pricey. In all though, a great place to stay!

Reviewed this property on 24/09/2011
And awarded it
Loved the cottage which was clean, comfortable, well-equipped and in a great location. Only small gripe - the shower is not easy if you are even of average height!

Reviewed this property on 15/06/2011
And awarded it
A delightful little cottage with everything you need. The position of this cottage is fabulous and within 1 minute of the shops and pubs. A great owner who gives you a real welcome and is on hand to sort out any problems ----which you will not have. Suited for a couple or a small family. It is also a dog friendly cottage. We had a wonderful time and would certainly recommend it.

Reviewed this property on 03/04/2011
And awarded it
Just back from Fort Augustus and stayed in "Glenara" a fantastic cottage spotlessly clean with all the amenities anyone could require. A great location just yards from the Caledonian canal and the lock flight. Village has everything one needs and some good places to eat.Recommended!!!!

Reviewed this property on 31/10/2010
And awarded it
Had a comfortable, relaxing stay at Glenara. We received a warm welcome from the owner. The cottage is very cosy, clean and quiet with a great view from the lounge over the garden and down to the river. Oct 2010.

Reviewed this property on 06/10/2010
And awarded it
We have just returned from a lovely week at this cottage. The position is perfect if you don't want to use the car every day.Canal,Loch Ness,friendly pubs and shops all within a couple of minutes walk.The dog loved the big garden and spent happy hours looking out of the picture window. The only problem we found was that a tall person would have difficulty standing under the shower as the bathroom has coombed ceiling

Reviewed this property on 07/09/2010
And awarded it
We stayed at Glenara last week and had a wonderful time. Fort Augustus is a beautiful village with all the amenities you need and surrounded by fantastic scenery. Glenara is a lovely cottage,spotlessly clean with great views and a very friendly owner. We would definitely return.

Reviewed this property on 06/07/2010
And awarded it
This was our first stay at this owners new cottage, and as usual he was very welcoming on our arrival and the cottage was spotless. The setting is wonderful with the back lawn going right down to the river, the views are lovely. The local Pub and Restaurants are very good and only a short walk away. A very nice cottage in a very nice place with a very nice owner.

Reviewed this property on 04/01/2010
And awarded it
A really cosy cottage, we were warm even when it was -10 outside! Has both oil fired central heating and an open fire. It was well furnished and spotlessly clean. We especially enjoyed being able to walk to the local pub just across the canal. The owner is particularly friendly and helpful.

Reviewed this property on 28/10/2009
And awarded it
Lovely location
great kitchen, bathroom
good dinning sitting area seperate to main sittingroom is a very good idea
could do with some more crockery and cutlery
lovely views over river
good to watch birds at the feeder just infront of the large picture window
could have had bigger bath towels
need to watcb tight driveway, is no good for cars with a small turning circle!
overall a lovely cottage and we had a great week.

Reviewed this property on 28/08/2009
And awarded it
We had a wonderful time at Glenara, it was perfectly located in the village with the Caledonian canal out the front, with the rear garden leading down to the River Oich and only a 5 minute walk to Loch Ness.
The cottage was perfect for our needs and our 7 month old puppy really enjoyed running around the garden and swimming in the loch.
The whole process of booking the cottage was hassle free, I would definitely use this website and this cottage in particular.

Reviewed this property on 28/07/2009
And awarded it
The cottage was excellent. In a great location about a minute from the shops in Fort Augustus but far enough away from the locks to be really quiet and secluded. The back sitting room looking out on the river was superb. It was really well decorated and furnished, traditional and comfortable. The sizeable garden leads down to the river and would be ideal for children or a dog to run about in. The owner met us and showed us round. He was very friendly and helpful. Fort Augustus is a busy but relaxed wee place. An ideal base for exploring that beautiful part of Scotland. I have no hesitation in recommending Glenara and Wilderness Cottages to anyone. I’d happily use either again.

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