Fhaireag West Aberchalder - Gorthleck - South Loch Ness
Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

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Fhaireag - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Location: West Aberchalder - Gorthleck - South Loch Ness - Fort Augustus & South Loch Ness

Sleeps: 4

Price From: £440 p.w.

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Fhaireag Holiday Cottage, South Loch Ness, Scotland

Sleeps 4 - Wi-Fi - Pets Welcome - Wood Burner

Fhaireag is situated in the small hamlet of Wester Aberchalder on the quiet and unspoilt south side of Loch Ness. The property is architecturally striking, and is somewhat different from the more traditional holiday cottage that is often found in the area. The property enjoys uninterrupted views to Loch Mhor and to the Monadhliath mountains, and offers walks direct from to the doorstep into the surroundings hills. The location of the property makes it an ideal base for exploring.

Inside the property is spacious, modern and light, the house has been reversed in order with the living areas on the first floor, and on the ground the bedrooms. Throughout the beautiful wooden and tiled floors benefit from under floor heating. When entering through the full height hall, guests will get an inkling of what the interior might be like, upstairs leads to the beautiful open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area. Furnished with an eclectic mix of modern and more traditional pieces, the lounge and dining room offers direct access through patio doors to a decked balcony area with seating, looking across to Loch Mhor.

The kitchen benefits from an island unit with seating, ideal for relaxing at and watching the cook at work. The kitchen is well equipped with all the usual kitchen equipment and offers amble storage and preparation areas. Off the kitchen a door leads to a small balcony area at the back of the property, ideal for the morning sun. A small cloakroom completes the facilities on this level.  

On the lower level the bedrooms are located at the front of the property and have direct access to the decked balcony area. Both bedrooms are furnished with modern furniture and the master has an en-suite bathroom complete with a corner bath and a separate shower. Completing this level the large utility room offers adequate storage for boots and coats, and off this a further cloakroom with a large shower.  

Fort Augustus the largest population centre in the area is fourteen miles away, it is has a small selection of shops together with a few restaurants. The village is at the southern end of the renowned Loch Ness and it is here that the loch joins the Caledonian Canal. The canal runs from Inverness in the North East to Corpach near Fort William in the South West, built to the design of Thomas Telford in the early 1800s. Once complete it avoided the necessity of ships travelling around the north of Scotland and through the notorious Pentland Firth. The busy lock system at the heart of the village is an ideal place to sit and relax and watch the many boats passing through.

For experienced walkers Ben Nevis and for mountain bikers and skiers the Nevis Range  at Aonach Mor are within an hours drive. Even in the summer months the skiing area is well worth a visit, the gondola trip to the top of the mountain offers the chance to enjoy some spectacular scenery, and the Mountain Discovery Centre, gift shop and restaurant are ideal places to pass some time. The area is also very popular with mountain bikers and hosts a wide range of events throughout the summer months. Ben Nevis is the highest of all the mountains in the British Isles at 4409ft, it is an extremely popular and attracts many thousands of people every year.    

Further afield there a host of places to visit, the Isle of Skye and the west coast are within a ninety minute drive, on the journey you will pass Eilean Donan Castle near Dornie, one of the most famous of Scotland’s Castles and certainly the most photographed. Your final destination on the west coast will be Kyle of Lochalsh, close by you can either take the bridge across to Skye and visit such places as Dunvegan Castle  or Talisker Distillery, or spend your time enjoying the magnificent scenery including the Cullin mountains. Alternatively stay on the mainland and explore the area north around Plockton, Loch Carron and Applecross.

Closer to home the area around Loch Ness is extremely popular, the southern shores tend to be quieter, and the road network is ideal for any biking or walking enthusiast. The small villages on the shoreline include Foyers, Inverfairigaig, and Dores, home to the well known Rockness festival in June, the Dores Pub, and one of the best beaches in the area. The southern side is also home to the South Loch Ness Trail, this 28 mile route is suitable for walkers and mountain bikers, and offers the chance of viewing some of the best scenery and views in the area..

For more information on things to do in the area, please see the owners Facebook page.


More information



  • Large open plan Lounge/kitchen/dining area, direct access to balcony areas at front and rear of the property.
  • Lounge, comfortable sofa, armchairs, wood burner, large TV with freesat channels, Blu Ray DVD/CD, iPod dock, dining area with table and seating for four.
  • Fitted kitchen, island unit with seating, induction hob, oven and grill, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and all the usual kitchen equipment.   
  • Cloakroom, wc, whb.


  • Master bedroom with access to decked balcony, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, corner bath, seperate shower, wc, whb, heated towel rail.
  • Twin bedroom, with direct access to decked balcony.
  • Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, amble storage for boots etc.
  • Shower room with large shower, wc, whb.

Included in the price 

  • All bed linen and towels.
  • Electricity and oil under floor heating.
  • Initial fuel for the wood burner.
  • WiFi internet access, bring your own laptop.

Other Facilities

  • Enclosed garden with garden furniture.
  • Indoor and outdoor drying facilities.
  • Honesty payphone for local and emergency calls.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Parking for two cars.

Pets Welcome

Two pets are accepted at the property, and the garden is enclosed.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

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

Best Features

  • Contemporary property not often available.
  • Perfectly situated with direct access to the hills from the front door. 
  • The quiet and unspoilt south side of Loch Ness is ideal for cycling and walking.

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Fhaireag Reviews

The latest reviews of Fhaireag...

Reviewed this property on 09/06/2022
And awarded it
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Fhaireag . It is in a beautiful area ,especially at this time of year with the golden yellow of gorse, broom and laburnum flowers. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. We enjoyed walking down to Loch Mhor and seeing deer, hare and lots of other wildlife. We took supplies fora few days with us and recommend doing that as the house is away from shops. We also took dishwasher tablets although I feel these should be provided if only to make sure that cups are clean for the next visitors! During our week we enjoyed walks at Falls of Foyers(lot of steps!), Dores , Loch Killin and a cruise on Loch Ness. Whitebridge Inn is good for a meal.

Reviewed this property on 24/05/2022
And awarded it
Excellent W C holiday once again! Fhaireag is a fabulous upside down cottage with it's own visiting deer family! Easy to book and pay for. Top notch.

Reviewed this property on 23/03/2022
And awarded it
Good points: Lovely location with great views all round. Lots of birds and deer around. Loved the layout of the house. Good Wi-Fi Not so good points: Had to clean the inside of the fridge on arrival plus had to clean the greasy oven. The place needs a good spring clean and some TLC to get it upto standard due to many maintenance issues noted in the info book by myself and previous guests. A tip if you are going to stay is to take plenty of essential supplies for when you arrive because there is no welcome pack, no tea, coffee or milk, no kitchen roll, no spare toilet rolls, virtually empty hand wash/soap, no hand sanitiser. It is a 30 minute each way drive to the nearest shop, we took all of the above so we prepared.

Reviewed this property on 07/12/2021
And awarded it
Beautiful house, very clean with everything you could need. We stayed at the beginning of December with snow outside but house was very cosy. Amazing scenery and loads of wildlife. A very relaxing stay for us and our dog.

Reviewed this property on 12/10/2021
And awarded it
I don't want to tell you how lovely Fhaireag is because you'll all want to go there. So peaceful, fantastic views from the balconies. So spacious, comfortable and warm. Walks direct from the door. We loved it.

Reviewed this property on 18/08/2021
And awarded it
The house was beautiful and luxurious, situated in the most stunning spot. We saw deer and lots of different birds from the porch and balconies. Various day trips were had and even the weather was kind to us. I would recommend Fhaireag to anyone wanting peace and quiet, unspoiled views and dark skies for stargazing. We'd love to return someday!

Reviewed this property on 27/07/2021
And awarded it
Our stay at Fhaireag was lovely the setting of this beautiful house was just mind blowing! It is all about peace and quiet with the wild life thrown in for entertainment. The balcony of the kitchen area is the morning viewpoint with Deer roaming freely just in front of you with the mountains as a backdrop. The rear balcony sets the scene for sundowners watching the sunset over the distant mountains. It was clean and uncluttered, bed could have been a bit more comfortable, but overall a lovely place to stay for a quiet week.

Reviewed this property on 15/07/2021
And awarded it
Our stay at Fhaireag was amazing. From the moment we drove up to the house we loved it! It had everything we needed. The views were beautiful, and we saw deer every day and were paid a visit by the peacocks. We hope to return some time in the future.

Reviewed this property on 30/05/2021
And awarded it
Lovely house in an incredible setting. Views, wildlife and natural light are magnificent.

Reviewed this property on 14/09/2020
And awarded it
We do love a house with the 'Wow!' factor...& Fhaireag doesn't fail to deliver in that department. It was very straightforward to find (from directions emailed to us) and absolutely delightful; well equipped, and spotlessly clean. We had a lovely week, despite Covid limitations, and would recommend anyone to try a holiday at Fhaireag. Our two Westies loved the walks in the area. This was our fourth booking with Wilderness Cottages, and we have never been disappointed.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2020
And awarded it
We had a great stay in this lovely property. Lots of wildlife right outside the door and stunning views from every window. Loved the layout of the house with the open plan living room / kitchen on the top floor. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 03/03/2020
And awarded it
What a lovely holiday home. Set in a wonderful location, with long walks straight from the door. Lovely and clean and very warm, comfortable beds, and allows dogs - what more could you ask for. The deer in the garden and the red kites overhead, and the snow during our stay, made for a lovely break away. Our third stay in a 'Wilderness Cottages' property and have never been disappointed.

Reviewed this property on 07/12/2019
And awarded it
Beautiful cottage, amazing scenery and lots of wildlife. Couldn't ask for better.

Reviewed this property on 21/10/2019
And awarded it
Very pleased

Reviewed this property on 10/05/2019
And awarded it
Great cottage in amazing setting, Bird song truly out of this world, walks from door, spent week there car never moved. WILDERNESS COTTAGES promptly got heating fixed, would return if we could get a free week.

Reviewed this property on 12/02/2019
And awarded it
A beautiful house set in a wonderful location, we couldn't fault anything about the place. It was spotlessly clean, warm and cosy and had everything there that we needed. Being able to watch the abundant wildlife all around the house was amazing and the views were stunning.

Reviewed this property on 16/10/2018
And awarded it
Stayed a week at the stunningly Fhaireag in Oct 2018. The scenery was spectacular along with the remoteness of the property. Plenty of wildlife to be seen with deer in the garden every morning. The property is well equipped and spacious and has the luxury of a log burner and underfloor heating. I have used Wilderness Cottages on many occassions and I would highly recommend their accommodation and communications during and after the stay.

Reviewed this property on 04/10/2018
And awarded it
Superb modern house in a fantastic area. Very cosy, well appointed, remote but a short drive to shops/pub. My wife and I (and dog :)) really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again.

Reviewed this property on 28/06/2018
And awarded it
We enjoyed our stay in fhaireag very much and will come back in the near future. Love Schotland.

Reviewed this property on 29/05/2018
And awarded it
Fhaireag is an excellent house for exploring this stunning part of Scotland. We loved the upside down aspect of the house as it enables you to really appreciate the views which are great from every window! It's well furnished and well equipped and is a comfortable base of the weather is inclement. Spotlessly clean too. We will undoubtedly return as we had a fantastic holiday.

Reviewed this property on 24/05/2018
And awarded it
What a fantastic property! Set close to a loch the views are great yet only 30 minutes from Inverness. A herd of deer visited the garden and a pair of red kite hunted close to the house every day. More than we hoped for- book it!

Reviewed this property on 12/04/2018
And awarded it
Fhaireag is a wonderful holiday home. The location is utterly scenic and this time we experienced every type of weather imaginable making the views from the balconies even more impressive. Wildlife and birdsong abound. It is well equipped, tastefully furnished and warm.

Reviewed this property on 07/03/2018
And awarded it
This is the 3rd visit to this wonderful cottage and it gets better every time. This place is in a fantastic peaceful setting with deer in the garden next door. There are wonderful views from every window and the house benefits from having the lounge upstairs to appreciate the scenic surroundings. There are great walks straight from the door or just a short drive away. The place is equipped with every thing you need for your stay and is very comfortable .

Reviewed this property on 23/11/2017
And awarded it
Our 4th stay at this beautiful house, set in the most magical glen. We hope to return again next year.

Reviewed this property on 17/11/2017
And awarded it
Just returned from this wonderful house. Only negativity was having to leave! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away for a truly relaxed break, loads to do nearby & lots of walking done with our dog Oscar. Loved this house & the owners have thought of everything. Thank you for a wonderful break.

Reviewed this property on 07/11/2017
And awarded it
An excellent place to stay, the location is private and offers great views of the Loch and wildlife, deer in the garden, Red Kites and pheasants galore. The house is well appointed and warm and cosy. We will be back !!

Reviewed this property on 05/10/2017
And awarded it

Reviewed this property on 30/07/2017
And awarded it
Had another fantastic stay at Fhaireag. The house has everything you need to have an enjoyable stay. Whichever window you look through you have wildlife to view. We had deer, hares, rabbits, pheasants and partridge as well as numerous birds. We bought a bird feeder as the one that was there last year had disappeared. Hopefully future guests will keep feeding them. Our dog Willow loves it there and its a great base for walks and for travelling further afield. I honestly can't think of any negatives. We hope to return again :)

Reviewed this property on 16/04/2017
And awarded it
Lovely house with amazing views. Ideal location for a get away from it all holiday. Wilderness Holiday staff very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed this property on 20/12/2016
And awarded it
We chose Fhaireag for a romantic winter break and we weren't disappointed - it's a beautiful house, in an idyllic setting. There are lovely walks from the house, or a short drive opens up a range of possibilities for exploration. We were also well looked after; our kettle wasn't working and the Wilderness Cottages team came straight out to replace it (they were always easy to contact). There was wine waiting for us on arrival, though sadly no tea (which is what we were craving after a long drive!). The cottage is wonderfully dog friendly, but be warned the surrounding area is full of signs saying they have to be kept on leads. All in all, though, it was an excellent holiday, would thoroughly recommend it.

Reviewed this property on 01/12/2016
And awarded it
Wonderful house, fantastic scenery, best place to relax and unwind, love the limited phone signal cos work can't encroach on my break. An upgraded Sky package for those wet and windy nights by the fire would make the house unbeatable. Dogs loved the garden but not the sharp stones to get to the undergrowth

Reviewed this property on 29/09/2016
And awarded it
Fhaireag was an amazing house in a stunning location! It truly was a relaxing fortnight and we will be back!

Reviewed this property on 13/09/2016
And awarded it
Had the most fantastic stay at Fhaireag (wish I knew the correct t pronunciation!). The house itself is amazing, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Stunning views from every window. Fantastic walks in every direction and our two dogs had a great time. Will definitely be back. Loved it! :)

Reviewed this property on 29/07/2016
And awarded it
We had a fantastic holiday at Fhaireag. The house was beautiful, clean and maintained to a high standard. The location was wonderful and very peaceful. We would highly recommend Fhaireag to anyone and look forward to hopefully staying again soon.

Reviewed this property on 15/06/2016
And awarded it
Just wanted to say that Fhaireag was an outstanding property. Immaculate presentation with everything you would need and more for a relaxing holiday home. Ideal setting with stunning scenery, wildlife on your doorstep and lovely walks. Would highly recommend a visit and we will be defiineatly be returning at some point.

Reviewed this property on 22/04/2015
And awarded it
Fantastic location for a great house! Definitely a home from home. Dogs loved the garden, often disappearing to investigate. Deer at fence line at some point everyday, fortunately dogs weren't loose in garden at the time. House has everything you need, it's far enough away from the A9 to give you the true wilderness feeling but close enough to give great access to all the points we wanted to see. Watch the road to Fort Augustus it's not suitable for dogs that get the least bit travel sick!

Reviewed this property on 04/02/2015
And awarded it
Stayed here in mid January 2015. After an 'interesting' 19 miles along a snow track, we finally arrived at our destination and what a place it was. Completely fell in love with the location, desolation and tranquility. Partner fell in love with the wildlife and I want to punch the design of the house when building ours! Definitely recommend this property and we will certainly be back. Just make sure the heating is on! :-)

Reviewed this property on 01/10/2014
And awarded it
We had a fantastic, relaxing and tranquil stay at Fhaireag. The house was perfect, the bed was really comfortable and the views were stupendous. We explored all around Loch Ness, Inverness and made it to Skye using the old ferry which was a joy. Lady Woofy our Patterdale Terrier loved her stay particularly the adventures and the German Shepherd next door who she fell blissfully in love with. We would love to return

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2014
And awarded it
Wonderful week in peace and solitude with spectacular views from all windows.

Reviewed this property on 21/05/2014
And awarded it
Wonderful property. Second year in a row and it just continues to impress. Peaceful and scenic and very dog friendly. Great location to travel round the north of Scotland and take in the odd golf course and distillery as well.

Reviewed this property on 01/05/2014
And awarded it
Just back from another fantastic week in this cottage. Excellent facilities and maintained to a very high standard. We saw lots of wildlife, deer in the garden, hare's running down the lane. We even saw Osprey this year on Loch Inch. We had the added bonus of great weather (20 degrees and sunny one day). We will be back next year.

Reviewed this property on 01/04/2014
And awarded it
Fhaireag is, without doubt, the best dog-friendly holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in. We first visited in October 2013, returned in January and have rebooked already for May and October this year. Location, equipment, comfort - all are excellent. Only one thing lets it down for me personally - the beds, particularly the single beds. If the beds were changed/updated, Fhaireag would be perfection itself.

Reviewed this property on 27/10/2013
And awarded it
This property is outstanding inside and out. From the decor to the views from every window, beautiful. We took our 2 dogs who enjoyed our break just as much as us. We are already looking to book again for next year, can't wait

Reviewed this property on 25/10/2013
And awarded it
What an amazing property in an amazing location. Views from every window breathtaking. The immediate surroundings for walking our dogs was ideal as did not want to drive every day. Only a 50 minute drive away is Nairn beach which is a must for walking the dogs. A great relaxing week. Will be back.

Reviewed this property on 21/09/2013
And awarded it
Stunning is the word to describe this beautiful cottage and location. We could not believe how big the cottage is, a real home from home. Everything you possibly need on your holiday, hairdryer and even some straighteners. Every mod con is catered for. The rooms are huge, one of the best highlights for us was watching the deer in the field at the side of the house, nearly every night we saw them . The kids thought it was great. We loved this cottage and will be back in the future, thank you.

Reviewed this property on 18/09/2013
And awarded it
Lovely house, everything you could wish for and more. Views from all sides spectacular. Area beautiful, not too far to nearest town. Great area for dogs, plenty walks. The house was stunning, clean and comfortable. Would love to come back again.

Reviewed this property on 30/07/2013
And awarded it
Fhaireag was an amazing property situated in an idyllic location. It was more than we could have hoped for. Plenty of walks & things to do. We were even allowed to take our dog onto a Jacobite cruise on Loch Ness which was lovely. The views from the balcony were amazing & we seen plenty of deer from them most nights. Our weather was an added bonus, I was just disappointed that we didn't get a chance to use the log burner. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 12/07/2013
And awarded it
Stayed at Fhaireag for one week in June beautiful house well equipped with everything you need, wonderful views from upstairs balconies, plenty of walks in the area without having to get into your car. Deer were seen from front and back balcony every day including mother with a young fawn, we all had a wonderfull week there and would not hesitate to recommend thank you.

Reviewed this property on 21/05/2013
And awarded it
Fhaireag is a wonderful house set amidst stunning scenery, peaceful and secluded but not isolated. Internally the house has EVERYTHING you could wish for. We are planning a return in October or November. A wonderfully peaceful holiday.

Reviewed this property on 13/05/2013
And awarded it
We had a recent holiday in Fhaireag, the house was beautifully appointed and a delight to spend time in. Everything you needed was there and the property was spotless, linen and beds of high quality, as was all the furniture and fittings. Lovely big garden for the dog and he, like the previous dogs was fascinated by the deer. We saw large hares, grouse amongst plenty of other wild life too. Balcony was great for breakfast we could have done with a few more sunny days, but it was Scotland!

Reviewed this property on 27/03/2013
And awarded it
Fhaireag was absolutely amazing. The views from the sitting room and balcony upstairs looking on to Loch Mhor were better than you'd find anywhere else in the world. There has been no expense spared on the cottage. The appliances were very smart and it was very warm with the underfloor heating. It was in a very remote area of Scotland and i couldn't believe that it was only 40 minutes to Inverness. My puppy was fascinated by the deer whom she watched endlessly from the balcony. Stunning!!

Reviewed this property on 07/11/2012
And awarded it
Just had yet another brilliant holiday in a wilderness cottage, we have stayed in a few over the last 11yrs and this rates as one of the best. Fantastic views, look out for the deer in a morning and at dusk! Would definitely recommend and we will be back next year.

Reviewed this property on 02/11/2012
And awarded it
Fantastic house you will not be disappointed. Views stunning, quiet relaxing amazing location. The house has everything that you will need for a great holiday all you will need is your food. There are even cook books in the well stocked kitchen. Would definitely recommend. Five star !!!

Reviewed this property on 29/08/2012
And awarded it
Lovely house with quirky upside down living. Even in August it was nice to have the log burner lit in the evening.

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