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Cottage Reviews

Bona Lighthouse Stables – Akula – October 2016

My husband & I stayed here for 5 nights and we were so sad to leave. This is such a lovely cottage in a fabulous location. We ventured out into the highlands everyday and were able to see so much from this central location. In the evenings we came back and watched movies while playing board games. It was such a cozy, relaxing stay and we hope to return someday. All communication with Esther was quick and easy. Definitely recommend!

Seaview Cottage – Tracie – September 2016

Hidden gem in unspoilt environment cosy canal cottage restored to modern standards with retro feel. Fabulous views literally all around as surrounded by lochs and boats. Walks along canal and day trips to surrounds with plenty to do, beware single lane roads.

Bothy Reviews

Bonnie Bothy – Alice – October 2016

Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed staying at the Bonnie Bothy a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time and pretty much encompassed the Great Glen Way on our bikes so I would recommend that to others who are thinking about staying at the bothy. We loved the design of the bothy as a structure and the interior was very cosy and luxurious.

Braw Bothy – Paul – September 2016

Braw Bothy was a perfect for our needs, and a great solution for those looking for something more up market than a youth hostel, but don’t want the complexities, expense and restrictions of staying in a B&B or hotel. The arrival information and welcome back was easy to follow; the location was great, and the room was very clean, very well equipped, the wood burner warm and easy to light, the beds were comfortable and the location next to the canal was very nice. A nice touch was all the extra power sockets next to the beds for charging phones and other equipment. The small shop on site had great coffee, and were very welcoming

Bona Lighthouse “The Perfect Wedding Venue”

Scottish Canals would like to offer our congratulations to Mr & Mrs Reid who recently married at Bona Lighthouse and are obviously delighted with their choice of Wedding Venue.

My new husband and I tied the knot at Bona Lighthouse 25.07.2015. We visited with our son and parents and had a wonderful intimate wedding on the shores of the Loch. This is the most wonderful wedding venue I could ever have chosen!

The accommodation was brilliant, so well decorated and really suited us for the occasion. We stayed in the lighthouse and my husband’s parents stayed in the stables. Everyone had a really relaxed time and the layout worked really well for the whole party. Our young son loved exploring the cottages and especially enjoyed spotting wild animals with the binoculars. My husbands parents were able to do their own thing and also get involved with the festivities. My husband and I had the room at the top of the house which had spectacular views of the Loch and was quite self contained with its own shower room. So for a small wedding party, you couldn’t really ask for more.

As the stables is so spacious, on the day it was easy to accommodate all the comings and goings. We had a hairdresser; a fabulous local photographer (Justin Scobie), whom I would highly recommend; a registrar and all of our getting ready movements. There was ample space for all of this and everyone was so relaxed on the day.

The Scottish weather was a bit changeable to say the least but a small gazeebo kept us dry during our ceremony and then glorious sunshine came out just in time for us to have a traditional handfasting on the stone plinth at the loch shore. Honestly, I could not imagine a more memorable or magical setting for our special day.

The photos are spectacular (again props to Mr Scobie) we had lovely shots of the ceremony, taking in all the wonderful scenery as well as shots on the pebble beach and in the surrounding foliage.

After we married, the close proximity of Inverness City allowed us to go for a meal in The Mustard Seed, which is a fabulous restaurant, specialising in local produce. The relaxed atmosphere was in keeping with the style of our wedding and the staff and setting was exactly what we wanted.

We ended the day with a few nightcaps and then my new husband and I headed out to our gazeebo and had a few dances on the loch side.

For anyone looking to have a wedding in spectacular scenery but without the pomp and ceremony of a hotel setting, Bona Lighthouse ticks all the boxes..

Superb Wedding Venue!

Bona Lighthouse Stables

I tied the knot at Bona Lighthouse on the shore of Loch Ness 25.07.2015. My parents stayed in the adjoining stables and had a wonderful time. The wedding took place out in the garden in front of the properties and myself, our son, my new wife and my mother in law stayed next door in the Lighthouse itself. The layout of the properties meant that my mum and dad could get away and have their own space during the weekend. However, it also allowed us to eat together, enjoy all the celebrations and spend time as a family. My mum and dad really liked the decor and were very impressed at the high standard of cleanliness and how comfortable the property was. We had a lovely wedding ceremony in the garden overlooking the Loch, then got our photos taken there and on the pebble beach. Everyone felt involved and the whole event was really inclusive and relaxed. Afterwards we took a short taxi ride to Inverness and had a lovely wedding meal in the Mustard Seed, which I highly recommend. We ended the night with a nightcap before everyone drifted off for the night. This offered everything we wanted in a wedding – great scenery, a relaxed atmosphere and a lovely weekend away. I would highly recommend Bona Lighthouse and stables for a celebration of any kind (we recently stayed in the stables for my birthday earlier in the year as well). Its a lovely spot, with spectacular surroundings and helped make an already brilliant day that bit more special.

Bona Lighthouse

Bona Lighthouse

BONA LIGHTHOUSE

Scottish Canals and Historic Scotland are to secure the future of one of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal’s most iconic buildings by bringing it back into use as a holiday let.

Bona Lighthouse, designed in 1815 by Caledonian Canal engineer Thomas Telford, was once used to guide ships into the canal and was the smallest manned inland lighthouse in Britain.

Now, Scottish Canals and Historic Scotland will be following in Telford’s footsteps when they transform the Category B listed building into a visitor attraction and holiday homes as part of a £500,000 project to secure the building’s future.

Once an example of cutting edge technology, with a unique oriel bay window from which its light shone, Bona was eventually rendered obsolete by technological advances and fell into disuse.

The project will see Bona reborn as holiday homes,with a two bedroom property created in the octagonal lighthouse and a one bedroom property created at the other end of the building, known as The Stables

Mark Smith, Estates Manager at Scottish Canals, said: “Bona Lighthouse is a vital part of the rich history of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. We’re working to safeguard its rich heritage while building for its future, ensuring this important national treasure and local landmark can be enjoyed by the public well past its 200th birthday.

“We hope that creating holiday homes in this iconic location will provide a boost to the tourism of the Highlands, offering visitors some breathtaking views of Loch Ness and providing a sustainable future for a building steeped in history.”

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said: “A beautiful building in a spectacular setting, we were delighted to award a grant of £146,789 towards the restoration of this important landmark, helping to safeguard it for future generations.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown added: “We welcome this Scottish Canals initiative which, with support from Historic Scotland, has the potential to ensure the long term future of this important heritage asset.

“The refurbishment of Bona Lighthouse will enable its continued use and the potential to generate additional income. The Scottish Government is supportive of projects such as this which preserve and maintain the assets of Scottish Canals for the use of future generations.”

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Bonnie Bothy – Alice – October 2016

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9th October 2015

Scottish Canals would like to offer our congratulations to Mr & Mrs Reid who recently married at Bona

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