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Fort Augustus holiday cottage rental with beach/lake nearby, air con and walking and log fire

Vatersay Cottage

from £74 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

16 reviews

from £74 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Estimated nightly price based on a weekly stay. Excludes fees (if applicable). Enter your dates to see the total cost.

Across the canal. Boat not included!

Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5 Home 530096

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Cottage / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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 5% discount will apply when booking two cottages together and a 10% discount for reserving all three.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 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 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, Air conditioning, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, 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

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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Review 1-10 of 16

13 Feb 2015



Smokey oven, otherwise absolutely perfect...... the ideal getaway cottage..... beautiful, practical and cozy, we will be back!

24 Oct 2014



Cottage is in a great position and very comfortable. Fairly busy outside during the day with hikers cyclists and canal users, but all friendly. Peaceful at night. We will certainly re-book.

6 Sep 2014



What a great experience staying at a lock keeper's cottage! We wanted to stay somewhere central and do day trips and that worked out perfectly. It was such a pleasure to return home to the cottage each night after a day of touring. One of our favourite things was to watch the boats and talk to the boat owners as they went through the locks. The cottage itself had everything a person could need - right down to wood for the fireplace and laundry soap for the washing machine. The only thing that I can say we missed was wifi but we managed to find free hotspots in our travels each day. A memorable experience!

4 Aug 2014


"Perfect place to relax and recover from busy daily life."

Nice newly set up, well equipped, perfect for dogs, lovely scenery! A remote place good to use for daily trips. Nice lock keeper! What else is needed?

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.

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