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..

Guest Feedback

Dochgarroch Cottage

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.

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.

Guest Reviews

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.

Simply Wonderfull!

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.

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