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Eriskay Cottage

from £58 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

17 reviews

from £58 /night help Price for guests, Nights

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Eriskay from across the canal

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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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 10% discount for reserving all three.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
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 Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Scottish Highlands 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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9 Jun 2014


"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.

8 Oct 2013


"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.

13 Aug 2013


"Cottage very well presented and location exactly what we expected"

The cottage was immaculate and very welcoming. Every thing was there when we arrived to settle in straight away. Loved the secluded quiet location and the surrounding scenery was stunning. Would definately come back here again.

9 Aug 2013


"clean comfortable spacious excellent location"

The cottage was very spacious and extremely clean, it was in a perfect location on the canal and only two miles from the village of St Augustus, there are plenty of amenities shops pubs and cafe's, the Bothy pub serves excellent food and is dog friendly. Everywhere we explored in Scotland was the same a warm friendly greeting. The lock keeper on the canal where we stayed was so friendly and helpful

28 Jun 2013


"Amazing.........Just Amazing!!"

First holiday (OK, still in the same country, but it WAS sunny!) since we had the baby. Had my doubts about how quiet it was at first, as we live in a big town. This took about 10 mins for me to lose! Imagine waking up in the morning, walking out to the garden with a coffee in your hand and seeing a old sailing boat go through the canal. I can't say enough good things about this place. We hope to return soon. Many thanks to Linda the lockkeeper. You really made the week!

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