Holiday House Details
Vatersay Cottage
Fort Augustus
(17 reviews)
From £440 per week
Sleeps 5
3 bedrooms
1 double, 1 single, 1 twin

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Weekly Rates

From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 24 Jun 2017Fri 08 Sep 2017£750£225
Sat 09 Sep 2017Fri 22 Sep 2017£700£210
Sat 23 Sep 2017Fri 06 Oct 2017£520£160
Sat 07 Oct 2017Fri 27 Oct 2017£520£160
Sat 28 Oct 2017Fri 10 Nov 2017£480£145
Sat 11 Nov 2017Wed 20 Dec 2017£440£135
Thu 21 Dec 2017Wed 27 Dec 2017£600£180
Thu 28 Dec 2017Wed 03 Jan 2018£750£225
Thu 04 Jan 2018Fri 05 Jan 2018£440£135
Sat 06 Jan 2018Fri 09 Feb 2018£440£135
Sat 10 Feb 2018Fri 23 Mar 2018£480£145
Sat 24 Mar 2018Fri 13 Apr 2018£520£160
Sat 14 Apr 2018Fri 25 May 2018£520£160
Sat 26 May 2018Fri 01 Jun 2018£700£210
Sat 02 Jun 2018Fri 22 Jun 2018£700£210
Sat 23 Jun 2018Fri 07 Sep 2018£750£225
Sat 08 Sep 2018Fri 21 Sep 2018£700£210
Sat 22 Sep 2018Fri 05 Oct 2018£520£160
Sat 06 Oct 2018Fri 26 Oct 2018£520£160
Sat 27 Oct 2018Fri 09 Nov 2018£480£145
Sat 10 Nov 2018Thu 20 Dec 2018£440£135
Fri 21 Dec 2018Thu 27 Dec 2018£600£180
Fri 28 Dec 2018Thu 03 Jan 2019£750£225


There is a unique charm and style to the delightful property owned by Scotland’s canal network. Vatersay Cottage is no exception with its gorgeous location beside one of the more secluded locks on the Caledonian Canal. Kytra Lock is 2 miles from Fort Augustus and the cottages are surrounded by hills, fields, loch and trees, as well as two other equally appealing Canal Cottages.

Inside there is great style and comfort – think of quirky fittings and finishes with luxurious bedding, wood burner, thick cosy curtains and every bit of equipment you could want. The decoration is a great mix of modern and old and outside there is an enclosed garden and seating – perfect to watch the boats pass through.

Two miles away is the lovely little town of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness where there are shops, pubs and restaurants. North will take you to Inverness or west to the Isle of Skye – an easy day trip - and south to the activities of Fort William and Scotland’s largest mountain – Ben Nevis.

At the end of your day, however, you will return to this completely irresistible holiday cottage and listen to the water rippling and the wind through the trees – perfect.

If you are looking for more properties that are situated on Scotland's canal ways, here are a selection of interesting self catering cottages that we have throughout Scotland:

Telford House West near Fort William, Laggan Bridge Cottage by Spean Bridge, Dochgarroch Cottage near Inverness, Tomnahurich Bridge House in Inverness, Bannatyne Cottage near Lochgilphead, Seaview Cottage at the mouth of the Crinan Canal, Ardlussa Cottage near Gairlochy, Fort William, Bona Lighthouse Lochend and Bona Stables Lochend.


Ground Floor:
Sitting/dining room with wood burner. Kitchen. Hall, TV room. Bathroom with bath, electric shower over bath, WC & WHB. Double bedroom.

First Floor:
Twin bedroom, single bedroom.

Fenced at front garden, garden furniture, BBQ, ample parking.


  • Fort Augustus
  • Loch Ness
  • Day trips: Inverness, Fort William and Skye
  • All energy included in rent
  • Ample parking
  • BBQ
  • Canal cottage
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • DVD Player
  • Electric hob
  • Electric oven
  • Fridge freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • High chair
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave
  • Private garden
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wood burning stove - logs included in rent
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet. Restricted to ground floor
  • Reviews

    (17 reviews)
    Vatersay Cottage reviews
    A splendid cottage, very well situated and equipped. We loved it. Would have been nice to have had another toilet and washbasin upstairs but we managed fine.The location was spot on and kept us all enthralled as boats traversed the lock. The Lock keeper herself was very friendly. Great for walking our dog. The views were just fantastic. The supermarket at the local garage stocked everything we needed. We enjoyed our sail on Loch Ness. We ate twice at The Glenmoriston Arms Hotel at Invermoriston, some five miles north on the A82, great food and very pleasant staff. We all enjoyed our stay, we had previously stayed at Laggan Bridge at the southern end of Loch Oich in a similar cottage. The car park charges at Fort Augustus were just amazing - £1 for all day !
    Mr Sutherland - May 2017
    Booked same time the year before and this time we noticed the property was ready for a revamp. There were spiders webs inside the bedroom windows ,painting had faded - grass was well overdue for a cut and the barbecue - i wouldnt dare put any food on it. Otherwise a lovely area and lovely spot.
    Mr Cooper - May 2017
    We had such an amazing time at Vatersay Cottage. It is picture perfect! Such a gorgeous, remote, tranquil spot with so much to do around. The house was brilliant and had everything we needed. A couple of he heaters weren't working so we needed the fire going most the time but that was also lovely to have on. We will definitely be coming back but hopefully for longer. A real hidden hideaway!
    Mrs Mellor - April 2017
    Such a wonderful location, comfortable, clean and cosy. No wifi helped for the family to gel and wind down. Our first time in the Highlands but certainly not our last thanks to this great stay
    Ms Bartlett-bond - February 2017
    Our second visit to the cottage, having spent a few days there in November 2016. Last time I have to say it was looking a little tired and needed a little tlc. This time however, it had either been steam-cleaned from top to bottom or given a fresh coat of paint on literally every surface. It gleamed like a brand new house. A delightful spot to relax and recharge the batteries. (still needs new front and back doors though!)
    Mr Neath - January 2017
    The cottage is an absolute delight, set amongst woodland and 2 miles along a private track running between the Caledonian Canal and the river Oich. It's well-equipped, having everything that is needed for a relaxing break. The heaters push out enough heat to keep warm and can be turned down once the stove is going well. The decor is homely and the furniture comfortable. Overall, there is a really peaceful, relaxed and calm atmosphere to the place - we enjoyed it so much we're going back in January. Any cons? - It's a little 'tired' in places and could do with new front and rear doors or, at the very least, a couple of chunky draught excluders to block the gale that can get under the doors. In the summer, that won't be a problem.
    Mr Neath - November 2016
    Enough space for 5 persons, kitchen is equipped well enough. One bath is a bit too little, a seperate toilet would be better. Cleanliness could be a little better.
    Mr Heckmann - August 2016
    A few minutes'drive along a gravel road will take you to a group of 3 cottages.Vatersay is nice to stay at and very spacious.It is great fun to see all the boats,canoes,walkers,cyclists passing by,and the lock keepers are cheerful and friendly.There was a water shortage due to the common pump failure and they were really helpful.A very different cottage,on the whole. We arrived on a Friday night,just before the office closed at 5.Then,we had to rely on a remote emergency service,which we found worrying.
    Mrs Riffaud - August 2016
    Lovely cottage in a fantastic setting. We were lucky enough to have great weather and were able to enjoy breakfast in the morning sunshine and al fresco dinners after a day's walking - watching the boats pass through the lock! It is so peaceful and tranquil here - the lock keeper was very friendly and let the children open and close the lock - which they loved! It's about a 2 mile walk into Fort Augustus along the canal path - the scenery is breathtaking and there are a couple of nice pubs where you can recover from the walk with a refreshing drink once you reach the village. The staff at The Bothy we're welcoming and friendly! May not be suitable for families with very young children (ours are 9 and 11) due to the layout of the cottage as the children's bedrooms upstairs feel a long way from the master bedroom downstairs. The children also have to come downstairs in the night if they need to use the bathroom so it was necessary to leave lamps on etc. The kitchen is very small with hardly any prep space but it was very clean and well equipped - we managed to cook a Sunday roast despite the confined space! Would highly recommend this cottage to couples or families with older children who are looking for a peaceful getaway with access to lots of great walks and fresh air!! The Cruise around Loch Ness is good too!
    Mrs Kent - August 2016
    This is an absolutely beautiful cottage in a lovely location where we could watch the boats coming into the loch all day. 2 miles away from Fort Augustus and is a lovely walk. The cottage was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed. On minor point no wardrobe in upstairs large bedroom so had to share with single room. Overall brilliant time had and we will definitely be back.
    Mrs Dobbin - June 2016
    Vatersay Cottage is located at Kytra Lock 2.5 miles up the Caledonian Canal’s towpath. Driving up the towpath is a great experience in its own right! You can sit in the lounge or dining rooms watching the boats navigate the lock or just watch the wildlife I can’t think of anywhere that would be a better location. Very quiet once the lock closes just the odd walker or bicycle passes to get to Fort Augustus. Our dogs loved it, out of the door and turn right for a lovely walk up the towpath or turn left and walk to Fort Augustus. The lock keeper was extremely friendly and always had time for a chat. The boathouse cafe/bistro in Fort Augustus had great views up Loch Ness from inside and the seats outside the cafe. It was a good stop off point for a coffee and a sticky bun before the walk back to Vatersay Cottage. Also the petrol station/Londis shop has a Mr Whippy style ice cream machine which was welcome on a hot day. The riverside walk along the River Oich is also not to be missed especially if you have a dog ours loved it. Overall, a great cottage, in a great location. Our only small criticism would be that it would have been nice to have had two couches in one of the rooms rather than one and a chair – we had to take it in turns to put our feet up in the evening. A little more room in the kitchen for storage would also be welcome but it was so well equipped I don’t think you could fit very much more in. Don’t let these put you off it is a lovely place that we will return to.
    Mr Barrett - May 2016
    The house is a very nice place to stay for your vacation. You feel 'at home' directly after entering the threshold. A cosy fireplace (wood is sufficient on stock for your woodburning stove), well equipped rooms with s tasteful interior, fabrics and decorations. A nice view on the boats that are lifted and descended in front of your window in the Caledonian canal. Very warm welcome with clean sheets, soaps and shampoos. Easy way of key transfer, that is only possible when people can be trusted. But there are also some remarks to improve your stay. The kitchen is not heated so it can be cold. The rooms are heated with oil heaters. It took some time to find out how it worked. But off course, we could have taken the instruction guides that were available. In order to shower you need to step into the bath (no low step into the shower). But do not hesitate, this address is excellent for your holiday (when you like to stay at a quiet place).
    Mr Smulders - May 2016
    Nice cottage, perfectly located in central Scotland for conducting daytrips in the area. Tle locks in front of the house are nice to watch and the lockkeepers are very friendly.
    Mr Tamminga - March 2016
    What better than sitting next to log fire enjoying a good book and looking out on the locks out side where boats are traversing the Caledonian canal. This is a lovely cottage in a remarkable spot directly on the canal. The house may be a little drafty to begin with but once the heating is on and the log fire burning its heaven. Cycling on the canal is great as its all on the flat and suited us perfectly. The rooms were very clean, the equipment very good. Only one bathroom, so it can be a problem if someone is in the bath or shower and you wish to use the loo!! Great for a family although the upstairs bedrooms might feel a bit far away for kids. We would certainly go back again.
    Mr Fyffe - March 2016
    very nice and lovely stay in the cottage a little bit cold when we arrive but ok after kitchen cooler that the rest of the house very nice and legeant decoration very happy moment with 3 children !!! MANY THANKS
    Mr Hénoque - December 2015
    Gorgeous location. Excellent interior. Everything there we needed. Would gladly go back again and again and again.
    Mr Catto - November 2015
    Wonderful cottage, in a fantastic location. The view and setting was just perfect. Great to sit and watch the boats go by and our little boy loved waving at the fishermen in their boats as they went through the lock. Lots of good walks and bike rides from the cottage. The interior of the cottage was to a high standard with some lovely design touches.
    Mrs Hight - October 2015

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    This property is covered by our Holiday Protection Scheme.

    Holiday Protection Scheme

    Cottages & Castles Ltd. (acting as agents for property owners) provides a guarantee for tenants who have to cancel their holiday at a cottage.

    If it is necessary to cancel your holiday, for any of the reasons A 1-5 below, you may do so at any time up until the close of business on the last working day before your tenancy commences and we will refund your balance. Your deposit is not refundable. If you have made a late booking and paid in full you will receive your payment minus the normal deposit sum (usually 30%).

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    2. Jury service, witness call or unemployment through redundancy of the Proposer after the date of booking and prior to the commencement date of the holiday.

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