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Rowan Bank

(Ref. 1075107)

South Laggan near Spean Bridge, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "We used Rowan Bank as a base for kayaking the Great Glen Canoe Trail."

    It was a fantastic comfortable cottage. Very well equipped and furnished to a high standard. The cottage was immaculately clean . A great location to use for accessing the Great Glen with easy access to the bus route between Fort William and Inverness. The owner was on hand to help with any requests such as allowing us access to the shed for our kit.

    Thanks Robert for the great review! Makes it all worthwhile ! Hopefully see you back soon , kind regards , Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2024

  • "We were up for a weeks hillwalking and found this cottage to be idea for our needs and in an excellent location."

    I would have no hesitation in using it again.

    Thanks Andy ! Hope to see you again Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0May 2024

  • "We had a lovely week's stay at Rowan Bank."

    Its location is absolutely perfect for visiting the surrounding locations, which are absolutely stunning. We also had the added surprise of a perfect week of dry weather, not something we expected at all! The cottage is lovely, although a bit dated which is fine, it could do with some kind of shelving/storage in the bathroom, the provided shelf is not strong enough to hold anything, other than toothpaste, so washes/soaps etc were put on the end of the bath and kept being knocked into the bath or on the floor when using the sink. The cottage is spacious, comfortable and warm and everything we needed was supplied. My only other slight disappointment was not being able to take a short walk from the property, Laggon Loch is only a short distance down the road, I headed out and used the embackment a short way, but some of the embankment can't be used so you have to use the road, which is a busy 60 limit road and was too dangerous for me to continue and I ended up turning back. I couldn't see any other way of having a stroll from the property since it was fenced by fields and woods.

    Thanks Joan for the feedback, I plan to renovate the bathroom this year so aware of the limitations of current layout. Unfortunately you cannot walk from property as it is a busy road with no pavement. Laggan locks is a very short drive away where you can access the canal path for a nice stroll. Hope to see you back again, Kind regards, Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Apr 2024

  • "We felt very comfortable and the apartment is a very central starting point to explore the region."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a great time at Rowan Bank, this was our third visit."

    An ideal location for exploring the Highlands. We had everything we needed thank you.

    Thank you Patrick! Hope to see you both back soon, Kind regards, Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Oct 2023

  • "Overall we had a comfortable stay."

    The start of our first week was blighted by the arrival of builders at 0800 to start work on the cabin that is being built right next to the cottage in the grounds. The same thing happened the next day, whereupon I had to ask them to stop using the nail gun. Day 3 I had to ring Sykes customer service to request building work to be stopped. Response from owner was for builders to work in the afternoons. Not acceptable! Long story short had to negotiate with the builder who was really polite and courteous, that they would work one more day and then stop. Really disappointed that no one seemed to think that this was issue and that we were even put in this position.

    I am disappointed with these comments. The level of work and any intrusion was limited and certainly would not have blighted your stay. Nevertheless, we responded promptly once we were aware of your concerns. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Jul 2023

  • "Had a nice relaxing week in a lovely cottage."

    Lovely location and enjoyed doing the Munroes up in Glen Shiel. Weather was excellent too Hope to return in the future

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage spotless."

    Lovely area with plenty of places to visit. Owner very welcoming. Plenty of space in the cottage. A very enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by M4.7Jun 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage that was surprisingly spacious inside, clean, tidy and ..."

    A lovely little cottage that was surprisingly spacious inside, clean, tidy and comfortable and ideally situated for anyone wanting to day trip around the central Highlands, the owners were very hospitable also, i would highly recommend rowan bank cottage and would have no hesitation in going there again

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2023

  • "Cottage was ok, quite basic."

    Limited crockery and cutlery. Owner is building a log cabin in the garden so this will be even more limited. Could not sit out due to al the work. Had to ask numerous vans to move during our stay. Not particularly peaceful anyway as near main road. This also has no pavement or verge so dangerous to walk along.

    Reviewed by Lyn2.5May 2023

  • "2nd visit to this lovely cottage."

    Just perfect for exploring this lovely area.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely location, great property, welcoming host ."

    ... lots to see and do within easy reach - best of all the views and the peaceful setting .... Thank you

    Reviewed by Felicity5.0Apr 2023

  • "Easy to find, very quiet and peaceful, not to far to shops etc."

    Nice and clean, and warm, and comfortable, I would recommend this lovely cottage if you want a break out of the way.

    Reviewed by P5.0Mar 2023

  • "We thought we could walk from the cottage but wasn,t the case."

    Minor irritation though and we would definitely return, T.V. with netflix was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Dec 2022

  • "A little gem of a place, clean and tidy with everything you need for a great stay."

    Most importantly to us very private and secluded. Sitting out at night on the bench to the side of the cottage with a Wee Dram star gazing was a joy with just the noise of the stream in the background. Very warm property, all you needed in the kitchen to cook meal’s. So much to see and do locally and some great walks. We drove through some amazing scenery (the Autumn colours are some of the best ever seen) to the Isle of Skye and Inverness with a bit of Nessey (ok it was a log in the Loch) viewing on the way.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wonderful accommodation and a great location."

    Would recommend to others .We had a great week exploring the area and would rebook this lovely cottage again.The property is a credit to its owners.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Loved the bungalow in a perfect position for us."

    Very clean and tidy would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is comfortable and well fitted out."

    It was perfect for our holiday needs and we would recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Rowan Bank Cottage, our second visit so far, will be coming again!"

    Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Pat4.7Aug 2022

  • "Could do with more cups, a washing up bowel and a washing basket, The broadband was patchy and the firestick TV refused to connect to the ITV hub."

    Other than these minor points we were very pleased with our stay.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    So peaceful & quiet. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jul 2022

  • "Plus: Washing machine/dryer; good sized rooms; stunning location; very clean, including cooker."

    Minus: Uncomfortable lounge suite; table chairs didn't fit the table; heaters were a nightmare - some worked, some when they wanted to (namely the lounge one); towel rail only worked when it wanted to also! Only 4 each of glasses and crockery - 2 of us ran out easily when using dishwasher; had to hunt for equipment manuals - found eventually half way through holiday in kitchen, under a lot of utensils.

    Reviewed by Karen3.4Jun 2022

  • "Lovely, quiet cottage in a convenient location for accessing a range of areas in the beautiful scottish highlands."

    Light and airy, thoughtfully equipped and in a peaceful spot. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a lovely little cottage very clean and comfortable and peaceful within reach to fort william and Inverness"

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent property in an Idyllic setting, with all the amenities."

    Just off the A82 road and still provides beautiful view all around with mountains and is located behind a sheep farm, secluded with its own gated area. Stayed here for a week and really enjoyed the stay, a memorable one.

    Reviewed by Siva5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great cottage in a lovely location."

    Spacious and comfortable for a family of 4. Ideal for access to both Fort William and Fort Augustus. Surrounding area fabulous. Would definitely stay again. Thanks

    Reviewed by Jon4.7Apr 2022

  • "We thought the pictures did not do the cottage justice, the rooms were larger than we thought."

    Lovely location with walks close by, and views of hills from the cottage were amazing. Snow topped mountains close by too. We really enjoyed our week and had some great walks, the highlight being a visit to Loch Tarff on a clear sunny day.

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful relaxing week away."

    Cottage was warm and cosy and had everything we needed. Great views and easy driving to Fort Augustus and Fort William as well as attractions. Would recommend for a quiet break or walking holiday.

    Reviewed by Kirsten5.0Feb 2022

  • "We were super delighted with our stay in Rowan Bank."

    The area is beautiful and plenty of things to do only short drives away. Loved the stay that much we are returning with our puppy in 2023 to a cottage just down the road from this one. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay! (Apologies on the very delayed review!)

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2022

  • "Not enough hot water."

    .. It's OK for shower but for bathtub not enough

    Reviewed by Zigmas5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage x"

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Nov 2021

  • "Rowan Bank is an absolute gem."

    It's perfect location, rolling Highland backdrop, and comfy clean feel make it a very special place to stay. Rowan Bank is a wonderful base for exploring and really is a home away from home. The view from the kitchen is exceptional and looks out towards beautiful woodland, where you can watch all kinds of wildlife, and everything you can think of is provided so there's no need to panic. The bathroom is the perfect size to relax and do what you need, and has a magnificent power shower that's perfect after a long walk in the cold. The two bedrooms are a great size, the double bed is especially comfortable, plus a hairdryer is provided which was such a relief. The living room is positioned perfectly and its dual aspect looks out over continuous fields, hills and trees, which is extremely relaxing. The neighbouring sheep are a welcoming daily site too. The living room is large and has very comfortable chairs and settees, and the TV has the choice of an Amazon firestick or normal catchup and free view. Rowan Bank sits within Spean Bridge village which offers a huge amount from the doorstep, and if you want to venture further afield there are lots of things to see and do, not to mention some tasty eateries along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rowan Bank and even had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners, who was such a kind and friendly man, we felt like we could have chatted to him all day. We will certainly book again and thank the owners and their family for having us. We'd thoroughly recommend Rowan Bank and everything it has to offer as its such a special place, owned by special people.

    Reviewed by Charlotteann5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday at rowan bank!"

    The house has everything we needed and was a great base for exploring the highlands. The family owners were very helpful and did everything to make our stay comfortable. Our young children will never forget our special ‘Scotland house’, thank you for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage!"

    Fantastic view, splendidly isolated with a big garden. Cottage very well appointed with everything we needed, in immaculate condition. Owner provided welcome supply of teas, coffees, biscuits, dishwasher tablets, etc. Location superb for visiting Fort William, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Commando Memorial, Glencoe and more. We booked white water rafting and canyoning with Active Highs, literally 30 seconds drive from the cottage. Eagle Barge Inn also 5 minutes walk for a pint and superb food. The Caledonian Way (cycle path NCN 78) just over the main road - about 300 yards cycle on the A83 and you're there. Cottage warm and cosy. TV signal a bit patchy but who cares? you don't come on holiday to watch TV! The Wi-Fi is fast too (38mbps+). Nearest stores are the Invergarry garage (5 mins drive) and Spean Bridge (10-12 minutes). Fort Augustus c 15 minutes away too. Owner very helpful. We mislaid our key 2 days in and she was right round with the spare (thankfully found the original!). We booked late and didn't expect to find a gem like this at such short notice but we had a fantastic week and highly recommend Rowan Bank. Thanks Eilidh!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage with everything needed for a weeks holiday"

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2021

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV with Freeview and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden
  • Secure bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and smoking
  • Shop 3.4 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: No children under 2

The property

Spean Bridge 12.3 miles.

Resting off a beaten track in the scattered hamlet of South Laggan, lies is quaint, detached home, Rowan Bank.

Set over one level, this idyllic retreat welcomes families looking to break away from their normal routines and explore the Scottish Highlands, with a plenty of breathtaking countryside on your doorstep.

After a day of rambles, kick off your walking boots and sink into the sofa, taking a moment to reflect on the days activities before finding a favourite film.

Discover the kitchen/diner, kitted out with an electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge and even a handy dishwasher and washing machine, ensuring you are fully catered for throughout your stay.

Continuing to impress are the two bedrooms, including a king-size and twin, both with traditional decor and ample storage, ideal for those with limited mobility.

Sooth your muscles in a warm bath each evening, or wake up to a refreshing shower to kick start the day.

Sunny moments can be enjoyed within the wrap around garden, laid to grass with shrubs and offering a seating area at the front.

Just a short walk away lies the Eagle Barge Inn, a converted Dutch barge that floats in the Caledonia Canal, offering a variety of food and ales in a unique setting.

Take the scenic drive to the village of Spean Bridge, offering a choice of shops, pubs and restaurants for stocking up on the essentials and enjoying a dining experience away from the kitchen.

Those feeling adventurous will love exploring the surrounding area; meander along the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way, two exceptional long-distance walking routes boasting amazing scenery and challenging rambles, travelling alongside the serene Loch Lochy, there’s also opportunities to enjoy watersports including white water rafting, canoeing and water skiing.

If you fancy a change of scenery, spend a day strolling around the outdoor capital of the UK at Fort William, a bustling town with plenty of shopping, food and attractions, including access to Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis, whilst the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness rest slightly further afield.

Soak up the scenic splendour of Scotland from Rowan Bank.

EPC Rating: Band F

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About the location

SPEAN BRIDGE

Fort William 9.5 miles; Inverness 56 miles.

The village of Spean Bridge is set in the parish of Kilmonivaig in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Spean Bridge earned its name from the Highbridge over the River Spean and the village today is a lovely holiday base, with transport links heading north to Inverness and south towards Fort William. The main town in the Western Highlands, Fort William lies on the banks of Loch Linnhe, and offers a wide variety of shops and pubs which serve a fine selection of meals.