charming cottage in an outstanding location
the cottage has been beautifully renovated and is really very charming. It has its own character and is very confortable. The setting is really outstanding : it is not too isolated because there is a group of 3 or 4 cottages, very well located (10 minutes from Inverness town center), the canalsides are so well taken care of (beautiful grass and flowers) the view is magnificent on mornings, and there are many boats passing by every day, which is so picturesque! One can walk or ride a bike along the canalsides up till Inverness, and actually a lot of people do it! very lively without being busy, a perfect balance. We stayed one week (after a whole week up north in the Highlands) and we visited around, a lot of things to do.
Tomnahurich Bridge House
Even better than it looks
We stayed a week at this cottage and couldn’t recommend it more. The pictures looked amazing, but one of our first comments on arriving was that it looked even better than in the photos. There was plenty of space, it was warm and welcoming, and we were left to our devices, having received instructions from the owner prior to arriving. The cosy little sitting room and the dining room both overlook the Caledonian Canal, there’s a little bench outside if you want to enjoy the fresh air with your cup of tea and there are nice little window seats upstairs that overlook the canal also (nice for reading a book from). The cottage really is situated right on the canal and just outside is a path that follows the canal if you fancy a stroll along it. Across the canal is Jacobite Tours, and we found the staff to be very friendly. It was beautiful on a rainy day to book a tour along the canal, river ness and loch ness with them. There is a bus stop not far away for going to the city, or it is relatively cheap also for a taxi. But on nice days we would walk in, either via Glenurquhart Rd, or along Bught Road and the walking path through the Ness Islands (highly recommended). Only a short stroll away is the Inverness Floral Hall and Gardens, with a café inside. There are also some shops not far away down Glenuquhart Rd. In terms of location, it’s just far enough away from the city that it is lovely and peaceful, but not so far that it’s difficult to get around (we went in to the city every day with no troubles). Could not believe the value of booking this holiday rental. Well worth it.
Stayed here with friends (four adults in total) and the cottage was great, plenty of space a brilliant base to get all around the area of loch ness and surrounding areas, very comfy home from home. This cottage sits just along the A82 right next to tomnahurich swing bridge. It was well stocked with everything needed to light the lovely fire and kitchen had plenty of spices etc in the cupboards, even the tap water tastes like your drinking from your very own highland spring! There is so much to do around this area for walkers, cyclists, runners any pass time on or off the water. One must see area is plodda falls about 17mile drive away with last 3 miles a forestry track (with pot holes) but can be done and you will definitely be glad you did! We did the green circular walk about 3 miles total, to the falls first then down and round through an avenue of douglas fir along the river bank (Amazing!) and back up. All in all this is a great cottage only a mile out of inverness centre but feels like a million miles away, I will be booking again.
“Outstanding accommodation and location ” Saturday 27th Jun 2015
Date of Stay: Saturday 13th Jun 2015
Every room had a wow factor. Everything spotlessly clean. Outstanding views, as expected – down Loch Ness towards Urquart Castle at Drumnadrochit. Nearby, Dochgarroch Lock has a Scottish Canals car park (free) on the Caledonian Canal, ideal for walking, running or cycling on either side of the canal, towards Inverness (about 8 miles). See the lock in action, potter by the many boats moored, eat in the picnic area and in the evening eat at the pub. We chose to potter by car, locally, visiting 3 wee towns each day, such as Fort Augustus, Invermoriston (great shop for buying antlers) and Drumnadrochit; Fortrose, Cromarty and Dingwall (good antique shop); Alness, Tain and Dornoch (lovely); Fort George (dramatic), Nairn and Cawdor (with its castle); and a bit further to Ullapool via Beauly. A real bonus was that we found hotels that welcomed our dog when we had a bit of rain – Cromarty, Tain and Ullapool!
Reviewed June 11, 2014
We had an amazing time at the cottage. The location is perfect as it is a little out if town and has a great view. The only negative was the water was from a private supply and we had to use boiled water for food etc. Also parking was across the canal a little inconvenient for luggage. However had a great time would definitely visit again.
Reviewed June 11, 2014
We stayed at Sandray Cottage for one week and we enjoyed every single Minute. It’s placed next to the Kytra Lock and it’s very interesting to watch the lock keepers at their work. The house was clean, nice and looked inside exactly as on the photographs. It takes about 10 minutes drive from Fort Augustus and it is a very quiet place. You need to buy your goods in Inverness or Fort William, because there is no big Supermarket in Fort Augustus or in the other Villages around it.
Reviewed June 11, 2014
The location is superb, grandstand seat for boating action on the locks and bridge with all boaters keen for a chat and interested in the cottage. Great for a bit of exercise opening the gates and for a good walk to either Crinan (for coffee great lunch, cake and fun watching the action as the boats come in off the open sea, or to the other way to Cairnbarn for a refreshing drink. The rest of the area is scenically stunning and great places to visit. The cottage is friendly, very nicely furnished and beautifully decorated. The canal company staff are all friendly and helpful, the booking went very smoothly and Esther was particularly helpful.