Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Vatersay 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.
Vatersay Cottage is positioned on the west side of the canal and provides accommodation for five. Upstairs there is a single bedroom plus a spacious twin bedroom with a delightful window seat overlooking the canal, so you can watch the world sail by. There is a further double bedroom on the ground floor, a bathroom and a compact, yet well-equipped kitchen. Also downstairs, there is a sitting/dining room with a wood-burning stove and a second sitting room, ideal for curling up with a good book or enjoying the canalside views. The cottage has a private garden area with outdoor furniture, overlooking the canal
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 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness 70 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, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1)|
|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.
Quiet and seclusion are guaranteed at this location.
One of three lockkeepers cottage, Vatersay is the largest, sleeping 5.
Nearby Fort Augustus and Loch Ness offer everything a tourist could want and more.
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25 Mar 2014
"Lovely cottage, beautiful scenery made a wonderful weekend!!"
We had a great weekend , cottage was nice and warm, very clean and well equipped. Plenty logs & coal for wood burner! Location was brilliant.… More
24 Sep 2013
"A Beautiful cottage in a perfect setting!"
This cottage is the perfect place for a peaceful and comfortable stay in the highlands. It has all the amenities for an enjoyable self catering stay and then some more! It is decorated beautifully and… More
21 Aug 2013
"Excellent quiet getaway"
The cottage is in a very quiet secluded area. Local shops are only a couple of minutes by car. The cottage had plenty of room and the welcome hamper was much appreciated. We had a slight problem with the cistern but it was fixed very quickly with no fuss.
Overall a very good long weekend holiday.
14 Aug 2013
"lovely spot lovely cottage"
one tiny niggle
telly in front room woodburner in kitchen dinner ok for a summer visit but would be a shame on winter nights to have to choose
really a great spot peacefull but plenty of canal activity for inerest
4 Aug 2013
I don't really know where to start as this trip was just fantastic. - the scenery was breath-taking, the cottage was superb, decorated to an extremely high standard, even just sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine I felt like I was in the lap of luxury. There is a lovely fireplace but as the sun was shining we did not get a chance to enjoy it. I'd love to go back in winter to enjoy the views and the cottage again.
A fabulous break, I really couldn't have imagined just how enjoyable it would be but I was blown away. I could not recommend it highly enough.
28 Jul 2013
"A great holiday location and a great cottage"
Myself, my wife and our two friends stayed at this lovely cottage in the Spring, and it was idyllic. We loved watching the boats go by, the cottages were refurbished to a really high quality and gave you everything you needed. The drive along the towpath just added to the experience as you felt as if you were away from it all, but just really 5 minutes form the centre of Fort Augusts. I would highly recommend this property to anyone.
17 Jul 2013
Had such a fabulous weekend here! Beautiful cottage, amazing location, beautiful scenery, and we were lucky with the weather too. Great fun watching the boats go past! :)))… More
2 Jul 2013
"Great location, lovely interiors!"
Stayed here with my husband and son in August 2012 - had a great time, the cottage is excellently kitted out with everything you need and very tastefully decorated. Canal side location lovely and peac… More
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