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Discover more than local legends with Loch Ness cottages

Loch Ness is known throughout the world as being the alleged home of the Loch Ness monster. Aside from the monster however, Loch Ness is also notable for containing more water by volume than any other Scottish Loch, although Loch Lomond has a larger surface area at 22 square miles. Thanks to the depth of the Loch, it is known to contain more fresh water than every other lake in England and Wales put together and every year tourists from around the globe descend upon Loch Ness in the hope of finding the mythical ‘Nessie’.

HomeAway has a variety of log cabins in Loch Ness which are suitable for visiting groups of all sizes. Larger groups are catered for with several properties being able to accommodate over 6 guests. Although many of the holiday cottages in Loch Ness appear traditional from the outside, modern conveniences are plentiful inside, making self-catering easy and functional. Fully equipped kitchens with laundry facilities and dishwashers are in good supply whilst satellite television and internet access are also widely available. In addition, the majority of the holiday cottages in Loch Ness also have gardens so that the beauty of the local landscape can be truly appreciated.

Although Loch Ness has many attractions and places of interest, Scotland on the whole has a great deal more to offer a visitor. The many apartments in Edinburgh are within easy reach of the city’s vibrant music scene, whilst self catering cottages and apartments in the Hebrides are the ideal setting for a tranquil walking holiday.

Things to do

Monster hunting: Although there have been no significant sightings of ‘Nessie’ for some years, this has not prevented the entire area from being a large tourist attraction. Boat trips and monster hunting walking parties are plentiful throughout the year, whilst many local museums and historians have their own exhibits and stories of encounters.

Fishing: Away from the monster herself, the Loch is home to a vast variety of freshwater fish, making it the perfect environment for angling. Local shops sell equipment and bait in plentiful supply whilst a lucky catch might include eel, pike, sturgeon, stickleback, minnow and salmon.

Scientific interest: The Loch lies on the Great Glen Fault and much of the local landscape and geology exists as the result of earth shifting. In addition, it is now used as part of the Foyers Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Scheme. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition is dedicated to these, and other pieces of local scientific interest and as well as the various exhibitions, it has a tearoom, restaurant, shop and hotel.

Outdoor activities: Nobody visits Scotland to sit indoors and away from the Loch there are numerous activities to take part in. For hikers, there is plenty to see: Lochend and Fort Augustus both have historic lighthouses, which can be reached on foot, whilst the western shore of the Loch is home to Urquhart Castle. There are also numerous boating activities which take place on the Loch itself.

Weather

Loch Ness enjoys something of a micro climate and although Scotland might be typically cold, windy and rainy, Loch Ness is often more pleasant and mild than its surrounding areas. November, December and January are typically the coldest months with temperatures sometimes falling to 0.3°C, although 3°C is more likely. Within these winter months, it is not unheard of to have on average of 18 days of rain per month, and although snowfall is common, there is rarely enough to cause severe problems to visitors or local businesses. The summer months of June, July and August are the warmest with temperatures often hitting upwards of 16°C and within these months up to 12 days out of the month may have rain.

Travel

Holiday cottages in Loch Ness are extremely accessible by all means of transport. The A82 runs along the whole of the Loch and is the main road in and out of the area. The road starts in Inverness and visitors can simply follow it to reach the Loch and surrounding areas. Meanwhile, coach and bus tours to the area are plentiful throughout the year, and there are numerous train arrivals at either Inverness or Fort William. Alternatively, the area can be accessed by plane to Inverness Airport (INV), which is some 20 miles away.

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                                                                                            Eine wundervolle Woche in Fort Augustus

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                                                                                            Malt House ist ein äußerst gepflegtes kleines Cottage, von den Besitzern liebevoll dekoriert. Die Ausstattung war angemessen für ein Ferienhaus, ein sehr angenehmes Extra waren die Heizdecken in jedem der 4 Betten. Peter und Amanda waren super freundlich und hilfsbereit, insbesondere bei der nicht ganz einfachen Bereitsstellung einer Internet-Verbindung. Nochmals ein herzliches Danke dafür! Fort Augustus selbst erwies sich als sehr zentral gelegen für alle möglichen Ausflüge, und Sehenswertes gibt es dort mehr als genug. Allerdings war uns nicht ganz bewüßt wie touristisch überlaufen der kleine Ort ist. Da sich das Haus in absoluter Toplage direkt am Loch Ness befinden, bedeutete dies leider auch, dass permanent Gruppen vorwiegend asiatischer Besucher in Kauf genommen werden mussten. Peters Anstrengungen, durch bauliche Maßnahmen weitestgehend die Privatsphäre zu erhalten, hatte aber auch die Folge, dass man weder aus den Fenstern noch vom Garten aus das Wasser sehen konnte. Insgesamt jedoch waren wir sehr zufrieden und hatten eine tolle Woche im Malt House.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                            Hidden Gem

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                                                                                            A really peaceful and relaxing break! The Abbey is beautiful and tranquil –was a fabulous holiday! Facilities were great with the sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, lounge with snooker table and other games, table tennis, outdoor games and facilities on the grounds. And the scenery surrounding the Abbey is gorgeous! Charles from Highland Club Scotland really looks after you during your stay. You get a welcome pack as well as a guided tour of the Abbey on arrival. We originally booked a five day break but extended to seven, which was no problem. The apartment was clean, comfortable, well-designed and located near to the car park. We had our own private entrance and so didn’t have to enter through the main building. The place has its own character and design, where you just feel at home. The only thing, there was a problem with the TV, which wasn't really an issue for us, but were given access to another apartment whilst this was being fixed. We've been recommending this place to family and friends since! Highly recommend both the apartment and Highland Club -will definitely be back! Top Marks. TP McGuire (Ireland)
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                            August 2016

                                                                                            4 of 5
                                                                                            Overall the property was lovely. Views were great and it was very peaceful - just what we wanted. We walked around the area a lot and only had a 10 minute walk to get to the loch itself we had a great time down there. We had to drive everywhere but there was so much to do within an hours drive so it wasn't too bad and the views made the journeys seem very quick. There was no wifi and barely any phone signal which to be fair didn't bother us as it's nice to get a break from our phones but a welcome pack in the property would have been helpful because we couldn't just jump on the Internet to find postcodes or places to go. Also there were 7 of us booked in so one of us had to sleep on the sofa bed, which was fine only there was no spare bedding left out for this bed. Also the cleaning was abit hit and miss. Cobwebs in the Windows, very stained carpets, stains up the kitchen cupboards and the hot tub wasn't the cleanest. Nothing too major but for the price of the place you would expect these things to be clean and would expect enough bedding for the number of people booked in. We had to take a trip to the medical centre and the staff there were incredible, so very helpful! We would stop again. The property is in such a beautiful spot and we did really enjoy our stay. Booking was easy and the owner was very helpful too. Thank you.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016