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Eriskay Cottage

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

Mingulay across from the canal

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Eriskay is one of three former canal worker cottages making up a pretty hamlet of holiday homes at Kytra Lock, a tranquil and secluded waterside spot just outside Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal.The cottages boast polished wood floors downstairs and period fireplaces. The use of traditional fabrics also adds to the delightful ambience of these lock keepers' cottages, which have been recently restored by Scottish Canals.

Eriskay Cottage sits on the east bank of the canal and is accessed by walking across the lock gates. Parking is on the west side of the canal. Eriskay Cottage is one of two semi-detached cottages which provide spacious accommodation for four. The cottage opens into a central hallway off which there is a cosy sitting room with a wood-burning stove and a light and airy open plan kitchen/diner. To the rear of the ground floor there is a spacious bathroom. A warm and inviting double bedroom and a twin bedroom are located on the first floor. A private garden area with outdoor furniture provides the perfect spot for enjoying the canalside scenery.

The cottages at Kytra can be rented individually or booked together in order to cater for larger groups. A 10% discount will apply when booking two cottages together and a 15% discount for reserving all three.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness Airport 70 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

The Loch Ness region

A route for a ship canal through the Great Glen was considered as early as 1726, but it was not until 1773-4 that it was surveyed for the same reasons, and by the same engineer, as the Crinan. Further plans were produced, but in assessing the wider problem of Highland emigration ('The Clearances') in 1801-2, Thomas Telford recommended that, as well as helping fishing, agriculture and industry, a canal would provide much-needed employment.

Work began in 1804 as a government initiative managed by a board of commissioners; uniquely amongst the Scottish canals, the Caledonian has always been a public venture. Experienced foremen (from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct for example) were brought in to oversee the works but had to manage a local workforce absent during harvests and fisheries. This, coupled with rising costs and lack of funds, meant slow progress. In order to permit the largest ships the locks were 170 by 40ft (52 by 12 m) and 'clustered' to save money - thus the magnificent lock flights at Banavie (Neptune's Staircase), Fort Augustus and Muirtown (Inverness) were built.

As well as over 21 miles of man-made canal, Lochs Oich and Dochfour had to be deepened and, to assist the passage of masted vessels, swing bridges rather than draw-bridges were planned. The canal was finally opened in 1822 and although the Baltic Trade it was built to serve had already declined, it was of immediate benefit to the fishing industry. Journey times improved after the lock gates were mechanised in 1964-69 and cruise businesses have responded to interest in the Loch Ness Monster.

The Caledonian represents a triumph of British civil engineering innovation, is littered with iconic features and makes a significant contribution to the breath-taking landscape of the Great Glen. Its cultural significance should be regarded as being of international, not just national, importance.

Fort Augustus

Kytra Locks, and the three adjoining properties, offer one of the most secluded and beautiful backdrops Scottish Canals has to offer.

Fort Augustus and Loch Ness are 2 miles North and offer everything a holidaymaker or tourist could require.

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5 Jan 2015

5/5

"Absolutely stunning"

The cottage pictures do not do the property justice. The house is immaculate and has every thing you could need for a stay in the Highlands. Stunning setting and excellent to return to after a days a… More

1 Sep 2014

5/5

"My best stay I ever had it was as like a dream."

Most beatifull location on back of mountain , canal within few steps, homely feeling, everything one need for home vacation stay. My wife thaked for my choice as it was dream stay we thought .Could ha… More

30 Jun 2014

5/5

"Great accomodation in an idyllic setting"

We had a great week staying at the cottage, made even better by the stunning weather that we were lucky to experience.Although the cottage is situated a short distance outside Fort Augustus it is not … More

28 Jun 2014

5/5

"Perfect bliss"

Spent four days at this idyllic peaceful cottage. Location is absolutely superb for a peaceful break. Standard of cleanliness is first class along with the decor and provisions supplied. As it is situ… More

11 Jun 2014

5/5

"Amazing"

We had an amazing time at the cottage. The location is perfect as it is a little out if town and has a great view. The only negative was the water was from a private supply and we had to use boiled wa… More

9 Jun 2014

5/5

"Lovely accommodation for a May holiday weekend"

We rented the two adjoining cottages for a group of friends who enjoy walking. There was plenty of good walking in the area and the cottages were very homely and lovely to return to after a day's exercise! The access road was reasonable, although could be tedious in bad weather, but overall, worth the effort because of the peace and tranquility of the cottages. We enjoyed seeing the boats passing to close to our door, especially the cruise ship on our last day! Cottages are tastefully decorated, as well as being very comfortable and homely (our only slight complaint would be how cold the bathroom was, even in summer) We cooked on 2 nights just because we did not want to drive (or walk again after walking all day) and found the kitchens very well equipped. Definitely to be recommended and we hope to go back sometime.

16 May 2014

5/5

"Amazing location and a home from home"

Had a wonderful stay at Mingulay Cottage. Beautiful location 2 miles up the canal from Fort Augustus. Boats travelling through the lock by day and perfectly peaceful at night. Everything you could pos… More

28 Apr 2014

5/5

"Wonderful!"

Fantastic location. Beautifully kept cottage. Perfect for a quiet holiday away from it all. As it was 2 miles down the canal, we never ended up calling to the local for a drink. But the scenery and re… More

4 Feb 2014

5/5

"Perfect location, with lots of style"

Mingulay Cottage is one of several owned by Canalside Cottages, along the Caledonian Canal. The location is totally perfect: beautiful mountains on the doorstep, excellent for walking and day tripping… More

8 Oct 2013

5/5

"Great Stay"

The place was exactly as advertised. Clean and well-maintained.

Amazing, quiet location right off the water. Super-comfortable beds and huge bathroom. Loved the wood-burning stove.

Next time instead of bringing my ugly friend, I would bring my beautiful wife. A very romantic location.

The only downside was a lack of wifi, but understandable given its relatively remote location.

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Calendar last updated:21 Jan 2015

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