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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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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Beautiful Loch side location

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    We had a lovely stay at the cottage. The setting by the Loch is absolutely beautiful. The cottage itself is very warm with the central heating, it was very clean and well equipped. Turan was a great host who forewarned us that the washing machine would not be working for part of our stay. This was not an issue for us but it was nice to be told in advance. The one thing which would turn the cottage from great to perfect would be the addition of curtains to shut out the cold dark winter nights. We will certainly recommend the cottage to others and would stay again.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Definitely has the 'Wow' factor!

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    Beautiful property inside and out. It really does have an amazing view of Loch Ness from nearly every window. I think the only downside is the amount of steps to get to the apartment living room- if you're not fit at the start of your stay, you will be by the end of it!!! We had an amazing stay and its well located to visit a wide variety of attractions/ activities or to just have a wander down into Fort Augustus itself with its canal and little shops/ pubs/ loch cruises etc.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    In the centre of everything, but away from it all!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    From finding this cottage on the site, through booking and to arrival, everything went smoothly. The owners were really responsive during booking, arrival information and directions were spot on, and the property was beautifully prepared when we arrived. The location is everything here. For our first visit to the Highlands, it was right in the middle of everything we wanted to see (Loch Ness boat trips, Loch Ness visitor centre, Urqhart Castle, Glen Afric, Inverness, Culloden, Fort Augustus...). Location-wise, the cottage has an enviable view over Loch Ness. The garden slopes steeply away about 100 yards beyond the cottage, and standing at this point, I felt like I could just dive into the deep black waters. The views from the windows and the garden are breathtaking. Inside, the cottage is everything one could wish for in terms of charm, comfort and convenience, with a fabulous heating system, supplemented by the open fire in the lounge, great showers, and all mod cons. It's so big inside the kids got a little lost on day one! But the thing this cottage offers which is unique against anything I have ever stayed in, is the artistic touch in the decoration, furnishings, and accessories around the home. Everywhere is homely, charming and quirky. it's hard to explain without being there, but the cottage itself is fascinating! Thank you for a fabulous stay. We will be back!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016