Built almost 200 years ago to guide ships into the Caledonian Canal, the iconic Bona Lighthouse has recently been lovingly restored and boasts an array of period features coupled with the cosy comforts of modern living.
Overlooking the waters of Loch Ness and set on the banks of the historic Caledonian Canal, Bona Lighthouse offers breathtaking scenery and serenity amidst the majesty of the Great Glen. Sleeping six, Bona features double and twin bedrooms, a stunning bathroom, a spacious lounge complete with sofa bed and a well-equipped kitchen diner. The stunning oriel bay window, which once held the light that guided ships onto the Caledonian Canal in its heyday remains the focal point of the cottage, and is now the ideal spot to while away the hours gazing on the inky blue waters of the loch in search of Nessie.
Interior designed throughout, the cottage offers the perfect mix of modern flourishes and period features. The spacious lounge, with its wood burning stove and cosy furnishings, is the perfect spot to relax after a day spent exploring the many adventures the Highlands offer. Outside, the large courtyard is ideal for a canalside picnic and the private garden leads down to your own stretch of pebbled beach with nothing but the waters of Loch Ness as far as the eye can see! It’s fascinating to watch the sail boats glide past your window, whilst keeping an eye out for the resident red deer that likes to wander the garden…
If you’re looking for activities to keep the little ones occupied, a 15-minute drive will take you to Inverness where you’ll find options for everyone. High street shopping at the Eastgate Centre or boutique browsing at the Victorian Market. Open topped bus tours or forest walks. Inverness Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the Pictish fort on Craig Phadrig or the museum and art gallery – there’s more than enough to entertain (even on the occasional rainy day!).
Who could visit the Inverness area without a trip to see Nessie? If you decide to leave the privacy of your very own beach, there are plenty of cruises dotted along the Loch which you can jump on, to catch sight of Scotland’s best-loved monster. But in case she doesn’t make an appearance, there’s a whole host of other wildlife to enjoy. Red and roe deer, ospreys and eagles – you might even be lucky enough to spot rarely-seen wildcats or pine martens.
Back towards Inverness, the WDCS Dolphin Centre is the perfect place to see the world’s biggest bottlenose dolphins – and depending on the time of year, you might even be able to do some whale-watching. The centre offers hourly guided tours and a brilliant learning centre kids will love – and admission is entirely free! A little further afield CairnGorm Mountain, Fort William and Fort Augustus are all easily accessible by car.