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Ailsa Cottage

(Ref. 1086502)

Laggan near Fort Augustus, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "As my wife broke her leg weeks before holiday and we didnt go and informed skyes ..."

    As my wife broke her leg weeks before holiday and we didnt go and informed skyes cottages i think its totally unprofessionel that there asking how was holiday Was and why does it take one hour rach time you phone for assistence advice

    Reviewed by Mark1.3Oct 2023

  • "Had a brilliant time here at Ailsa cottage, perfect location for a peaceful break,, everything you need is included in this clean cosy cottage, beautiful scenery plenty options for walks from the front door."

    . hills and woodland to the rear and the Caledonian canal is within easy reach too. Central location for the usual tourist attractions. Spent my birthday here with the family and “Star” our Labrador.. we are already thinking about booking up for next year! Loved it thanks so much.

    Reviewed by Hugh5.0Oct 2023

  • "Rear bedrooms smelt very musty and bathroom showed signs of mould adjacent to bathroom window."

    Main front bedroom was fine and living room also. It is important to state that the property is situated off the busy A82 and near the Caledonian canal but there is no footpath to escort you safely to the canal along the road - tricky with fast traffic. Kitchen was well appointed but some appliances poorly positioned - easy to bang doors when opening. We also had an unfortunate incident with a rodent eating through an engine fuel pipe which caused a breakdown in Fort William but these things do happen I’m told.

    There was a water leak in the roof during this rental which is what caused a damp smell for a short period. If we had been told of this during the rental we could have actioned the repair quicker, instead it was discovered during the end of rental clean. The mould you mention on the bathroom wall is caused by people not opening the window when showering/bathing. The description of the property in relation to the road is clear from the website. There is also a welcome pack in the cottage which gives guests directions to the nearest footpaths, the closest of which is a short drive from the property. I have no comment on the fuel pipe damage other than to strongly refute any suggestions there are rodents present. Damage to the fuel pipe could have happened anywhere. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul3.1Sep 2023

  • "A wonderfully equipped cottage and an excellent base for exploring the area."

    A lot of care taken and welcome pack much appreciated. Would definitely recommend.

    Thank you Sharon for the lovely feedback ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2023

  • "Ailsa cottage was amazing!"

    We had a issue with the hot water in the shower and she had it fixed and back to hot water! It’s a great location for things to do in the highlands. We had a lovely stay and hope to visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by Cheri5.0May 2023

  • "A very clean property."

    It had everything needed for a comfortable holiday.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2023

  • "Aisla Cottage is an absolute gem in the beautiful Highlands."

    The cottage is as gorgeous as it looks in the photos. It had everything we needed and more. A lovely secure garden for my dog, which was important for me. Comfy beds and a lounge that was a joy to sit in after a day exploring the beautiful area. Lots of local walks, Loch Ness virtually on the doorstep, Forte Augustus was lovely and we did the 4 mile walk along the canal for Oick Bridge. Glenfinnen Viaduct was 20 mins away with lovely walks underneath it. We even ventured over to the Isle of Skye (90 mins drive) through the most amazing scenery. I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough. I will definitely be re-booking. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Thank you Alex for such a wonderful review , so glad you enjoyed my wee cottage. Welcome back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Feb 2023

  • "Alisa Cottage is a lovely, clean, comfortable cottage."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was immaculately clean and very warm with great facilities. The owners were very helpful when we got lost (twice!). The cottage is well placed for Fort William and Inverness with great links to the stunning surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely spotless cottage from the comfortable beds and sofas to the spacious, well equipped kitchen."

    We also enjoyed the luxury of the large bath. You can park your car securely beside/behind the cottage and the back & front garden are safe to let your dog out. Good central location for exploring further afield which we did. Welcome pack gratefully received! Thank you for your hospitality.

    Thank you Paul for your great feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hopefully see you again! Kind regards, Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "Property was clean and well presented"

    I am disappointed in your feedback score when the comment was "property clean and well presented." I aim to provide a very clean and welcoming cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart3.8Sep 2022

  • "The owner provided us with a fantastic welcome."

    Biscuits, coffee, milk and even dog treats. The cottage was immaculate and spotless. Very well equipped and tastefully decorated. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The scenery was amazing and the view from the top of hill at rear was breathtaking. Very peaceful and a great base to tour the Highlands from. The owner had contacted me saying they had issues with TV reception at the moment but advised how we could access Live TV through the internet enabled Tv. Which was helpful. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great stay, the property was excellent, very clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    We couldn't fault our stay in any area and we really enjoyed our break. Absolutely excellent.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Just go for it available.

    Reviewed by Priya Darshan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful clean and well equipped accomadation."

    Welcome biscuits, milk tea and coffee plus dog treats was greatly received after our long journey. Cottage is a good base for Loch Ness and surrounding areas

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful property better than the pictures."

    Very kind of the owners to leave a starter pack of milk in the fridge, tea coffee, biscuits and even treats for our dog. It's in a great place to get to all of the main attractions in the Highlands and so peaceful, would totally recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2022

  • "All as described - The cottage is located in an awesome spot with mountain views "both back and front"."

    It's very clean, spacious and well equipped, and for those that don't know South Laggan - It's super convenient for exploring the highlands. There's a supermarket south in (Fort William) and the quietness of (Loch Ness) just north - super place for explorers and adventurers. the host is lovely - leaves you in peace. On hand if you need anything.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage is located in a fantastic place, just by A82 between Loch Lochy and Loch Oich."

    The cottage itself was well presented and it was spotlessly clean. The owner had provided all the basic things that we need like cookies, biscuits, tea, coffee and even a can of milk. The cottage was nice and cozy with a beautiful living room and 3 bedrooms. All the major places in the scottish highlands can be easily visited from the cottage. Also the cottage offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ailsa cottage and will definitely visit again.

    Thank you so icy Rajesh ! Welcome back anytime , kind regards Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rajesh5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was comfy and cosy would love to stay again."

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property."

    The only thing i missed was a radio in the kitchen.Thats just me though!

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is perfect beautiful relaxing stay you need in the lovely Scottish Highlands."

    Surrounded by beautiful landscape, this cottage was our perfect holiday stop. It is so warm and beautiful, very tastefully decorated, very spacious, having all facilities to warm up your holidays. The owner is as well a very nice person, just a call away if you need nay help. They were too kind to setup the fireplace for us for our arrival. And we had such amazing and tasteful goodies for our arrival, loved them. :-) We were 4 grownups with a baby and a dog and we had so much space for us to feel at home. we loved our stay at this beautiful place, would love to come back here again and again :-) A perfect holiday destination to fill you with happiness in Scottish highlands.

    Thank you so much for leaving such a fabulous review ! Welcome back anytime , kind regards Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mukesh5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great well presented cottage , everything provided , great rural location."

    Defo recommend

    Thank you Paul for the great feedback ! Kind regards, Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful and very clean and all facilities catered for."

    We loved every minute of our stay and will definitely be back. Well recommended. Susan & David Johnson

    Thank you Susan and David for the lovely review! Welcome back anytime, Kind regards, Eilidh Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

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  • All-ground floor
  • Three double bedrooms
  • 1 x double bed (zip linked) can be made into 2 x singles on request
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and barbecue
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.4 miles, pub 10.6 miles
  • Please Note: any change in bed configuration must be made with owner prior to arrival

The property

Fort Augustus 10.5 miles.

Fort William 25 miles.

Inverness 48 miles. Nestled on the Great Glen, Ailsa Cottage is a quaint, semi-detached bungalow with ground-floor living in South Laggan near Fort Augustus, Inverness. The cottage, set on a working croft surrounding by fields, looks out onto stunning mountain views and is an ideal location for exploring the Scottish Highlands, with three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests.

It is located immediately adjacent to the Caledonian Canal perfect for cycling and walking along the towpath and marked trails comprising the Great Glen Way.

Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Eagle Barge Inn located close by on the Caledonian Canal at Laggan Locks. After a long day exploring the Highlands, Ailsa Cottage provides all the home comforts in a contemporary interior; kick off your shoes in the porch and enter the modern well-equipped kitchen/diner, where you can warm up with hot drinks, throw your muddy clothes in the washing machine, and enjoy a home-cooked meal around the table, before settling down in the sitting room with your feet up by the open fireplace.

A shed to the rear of the property is also available for the dry and secure storage of bikes and other leisure equipment. The three double bedrooms at Ailsa Cottage are bright and airy with plenty of space for storing your items and getting ready for the day ahead, whilst the bathroom offers a bath with shower over to suit all guests. For a peaceful space to enjoy your surroundings, the cottage has an enclosed garden with furniture and a barbecue for dining alfresco with the misty mountains in the distance. Fort Augustus lies a short journey north of Ailsa Cottage, offering a supermarket, pubs and restaurants for dining out in a beautiful hamlet on the southern tip of Loch Ness.

Summer boat trips take place on Loch Ness and there is also plenty of history to explore in this area, including Urquhart Castle and the Caledonian Canal and heritage centre. Just south of Ailsa Cottage sits Spean Bridge, a small village with a local convenience shop, a 9-hole golf course, and a choice of pubs and restaurants.

Between Spean Bridge and Fort William lies the Nevis Range Mountain Resort with plenty of winter and summer outdoor activities on offer such as skiing, hiking, climbing, walks and mountain biking in a beautiful forest setting.

Enjoy a gondola ride up Aonach Mor Mountain. Fort William is situated a little further south on the shores of Loch Linnhe, known as the gateway to Britain's highest mountain peak, Ben Nevis, and Glen Nevis.

Enjoy a sail down Loch Linnhe or take a steam train trip on the West Highland Line to the fishing port of Mallaig crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct used in the Harry Potter films.

Take a day trip crossing to the Isle of Skye. In Fort William town centre, you will find plenty of larger shops and cafés to enjoy, a cinema and the West Highland Museum which focuses on regional life and history. Ailsa Cottage is a quaint setting in a wonderful, secluded spot, a perfect base for a memorable trip to the Scottish Highlands.

EPC Rating: Band E

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About the location


Invermoriston 7 miles; Fort William 31.5 miles; Inverness 34.1 miles.

Nestling at the south-west end of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus has a variety of shops, and you can sample a fine selection of food in the local pubs and restaurants. Ideal for those who like to be near water, the village is home to a stretch of the Caledonian canal, including a flight of locks that provide a fascinating place to watch the world go by, as the numerous boats make their way further west towards Fort William. Visit the Clansman Centre, search the Loch for "Nessie" or venture further afield to Newtonmore (Monarch of the Glen country), Kingussie or the city of Inverness.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter