Laggan Bridge Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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Laggan Bridge Cottage is situated 10 miles south of Fort Augustus and 22 miles north east of Fort William, in the heart of the Highlands. Originally built as a canal worker's cottage in the late 18th century, the property enjoys a waterfront position alongside the Laggan Swing Bridge with beautiful views across Loch Oich. A private garden leads down to the shores of the loch. The cottage was restored by Scottish Canals in early 2012 and having been beautifully furnished in traditional Scottish style, it now offers a unique holiday setting.
The cottage comfortably accommodates four in a spacious and light first floor double bedroom and twin bedroom. Downstairs the entrance porch leads through to the family bathroom. On the right is a stylish dining room and left of the entrance is the sitting room complete with a cosy wood-burning stove. Off the sitting room is a large fitted kitchen with views towards the loch.
Turn your stay into a touring holiday through the Highlands by combining a short break at Laggan Bridge Cottage with a stay at one of our properties further North.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness Airport 84 km, Nearest railway: Spean Bridge 23 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|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 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.
Nearby, the Great Glen Water Park offers outdoor activities for an additional fee.
There are great walking and cycling opportunities.
The Eagle Bar is located 1 mile South of the swing bridge.
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14 Sep 2014
Cottage was just as advertised , very peaceful and in a stunning location.Logs for the fire , fresh water , just the place to chillax.Great base for touring Highlands and Islands .Absolutely no compla… More
29 Jun 2014
"Bad choice for getting away from it all"
We went to the highlands to get away from it all and to have a nice, relaxing time and were really disappointed with this cottage. It is situated no more than 30 metres away from a major road (A82) an… More
Thank you for your feedback – we're always looking for ways we can improve our guests' stays with us.
We aim to give our guests the best experience possible and we're sorry you weren't fully satisfied with your stay. As you have highlighted, the cottage does sit near the Caledonian Canal and the A82 and, as the bridge and the waterway itself are operational, the canal is very busy with passing yachts, cruisers and other slow moving craft. Many of our guests feel this really adds to the uniqueness and charm of the property.
You are correct, the photographs were taken in the rooms as described however we had swapped the furniture around following guest feedback and added a bed settee to what was the dining room. On reflection, we agree that the original layout was preferable and have since restored the dining room and sitting room to the original layout.
Laggan Bridge Cottage is one of our most popular cottages and we are sorry that you did not enjoy your stay. It is a shame that you did not contact us while you were there, as we would have liked the opportunity to rectify some of the issues you raise. We might have been able to offer an alternative Canalside Cottage in a more rural area.
12 May 2014
Well equipped cottage, situated on the edge of the Loch with amazing views. Nicely decorated. We took our bikes - though no out door bike store available. If 4 people staying the lounge only has a … More
12 Feb 2014
"Amazing, relaxing and just down right wonderful!"
I cannot praise this house enough. I was looking for a house rental for a birthday trip for my fishing mad husband. Two criterias 1. Close to water 2. Log fire. The location is beautiful with views ri… More
19 Nov 2013
"location, location, location"
Perfect cottage in the perfect location at the perfect time of year for the Autumn colours. First off all was the drive from Perth which gathered in ever increasing wows and emotional wonder at the beautiful and unforgetable changing landscapes. New England in the Fall? No contest.
Next was the arrival at the dream cottage set on its own mini peninsula. Inside, all the necessaries to get settled in, even a bottle of wine! Perfectly clean and organised. Logs and coals for the fire and a good standard of cosy furniture and beds, couldn't ask for more. The view from the kitchen window over the sink in particular of Loch Oich was really incredible. A fight to do the dishes!
We used it as a base to walk the 3 southern stages of man made canals over 3 non too tiring days; Bridge of Oich to Fort Augustus (left car at bridge, got bus back). Laggan Bridge to Laggan Locks (easy walk there and back). Gairlochy to Fort William car to Gairlochy, bus from Corpach end of canal to Fort William, lunch and taxi back to Gairlochy, around £20)
28 Sep 2013
Only booked for three nights , but regretted this as we wished we had booked for the week. Everything we could have wanted was there for us, it's also the only place I didn't object to doin… More
27 Aug 2013
"Pretty good place...little bit of traffic noise."
Stayed here for 4 days august 2013. Good location (35 mins to fort william, 1 hour 10 mins to inverness), nice little cottage. One double bed room and a smaller room with 2 beds in it). Well equipped modern kitchen and views from the kitchen over a huge expanse of water. Right on a swing bridge so there is a bit of truck noise until around 11pm each night. It rained for the whole time we were there so was nice to just lie around and read nooks. Only problem is that the living room is small with just one small 2 seater couch. But as a place to base yourself from in order to get out and about it is a great location
12 Aug 2013
Cottage with direct lake access and beautiful scenery; nearby road A82 is unfortunately main route with lots of traffic
7 Aug 2013
Breathtaking beautiful setting on the Loch, even the midges were not too bad! A welcome hamper was provided which was extremely thoughtful and appreciated as there are not too many shops close by. Everything there to light the log burning stove.Heat set to come on everyday.
We loved the decor and have noted who designed some of the cushions to see if we could purchase some too. We fought to get sitting on the lovely comfy leather settee, perhaps another soft chair would be needed as no one wanted the hard rocking chair. There are views of water out of every window ahh!The one disadvantage for light sleepers is the busy road, I was wakened well before seven with the noise, but my companions had no difficulty sleeping in until ten o'clock and beyond. That gave me the opportunity to go down to my private pier and appreciate the beauty of the area. We will be back, wish I owned it.
12 Jul 2013
"WOWWWW! fantastic place to get away fromm it all.. can recommend it 100%"
My spouse and I were a bit stressed and was looking for a place to be able to chill out and relax and found this little bit of paradise. Driving up from Glasgow we could feel the tension begin to lift… More
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