Cottages & Castles, Scotland’s major holiday lettings company, has announced that, in partnership with Scottish Canals, they are now marketing a range of unique waterside houses owned by the canals authority.
The attractions of such a holiday are not hard to imagine: by water; the delight of passing craft; traffic jams reduced to the possibility of two boats passing in opposite directions or two boats locking through together; towpath walks literally on the doorstep; and the chatter of water birds.
In this marketing operation for Scottish Canals, Cottages & Castles is offering bespoke self-catering waterside holidays throughout Scotland from as little as £57 per night in a minimum 2 nights stay.
All the canalside properties have been newly refurbished and are both luxurious and individual. The assurance is that the original charm of the buildings has not been lost in this upgrading; underlinging the fact that their locations ensure a sense of tranquillity for guests.
Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages & Castles, says: ‘The properties from Scottish Canals are very special indeed and really add something a bit different to the existing selection of properties on our books. Each cottage has a beautifully designed interior; attractive colour and pattern schemes create a modern and cheerful feel in each room and a sense of individuality to each property.
‘There is an abundance of outdoor activities on your door step, whichever cottage you choose to enjoy. Your stay in one of these cottages could happily be spent watching the daily traffic of boats passing through the locks or taking strolls along the scenic canal walks and spotting the local wildlife before retiring in front of a log fire with a good book. A visit to one of these properties would make the ideal family holiday, romantic retreat or corporate outing with a difference.’
Unsurprisingly, Argyll’s Crinan Canal features in a selection of the properties cited:
Bannatyne Cottage sits on Lock 11, a delightful spot on one of the prettiest canals in the UK. The cottage was originally built in the 19th century as a lock keeper’s cottage. It has been beautifully renovated, offering a stunning and quirkily individual holiday cottage. It sleeps four and is available to rent from £500 per week.
Sandray Cottage, is also a former lock keepers cottage, on the Caledonian Canal in the Great Glen. Kytra Lock is one of the prettiest of locks hidden up a hillside track and is a perfect retreat to explore the Highlands and west coast. It sleeps four and is available to rent from £400 per week.
Laggan Bridge Cottage, found in the glorious Invergarry – the stunning location for hit drama Monarch of the Glen, this 18th century former canal worker’s house sits neatly on a mini peninsula where the Caledonian Canal spreads out into Loch Oich. It is surrounded on three sides by water, enjoying beautiful views of the surrounding Highlands. It sleeps four and is available to rent from £500 per week.
The name of Telford House East recalls the controbution to Scotland’s infrastructure and its rural aesthetic of the legendary engineer whose works grace much of the country from canals, to canal bridges like the lovely restored one at Bridge of Oich, to churches. This is a striking house overlooking the Caledonian Canal near Fort William with the spectacular Ben Nevis as a back drop – right in the heart of ‘the outdoor capital of the UK’. It sleeps four and is available to rent from £480 per week.
Tomnahurich Bridge House is just a mile from Inverness, a lovely old house looking down on the Caledonian Canal, with all the activity of this beautiful spot. Tomnahurich is a place of ancient fables of fairies and these days is the starting point for Jacobite cruises to Loch Ness – a fantastic day on the water, enjoying the scenery and trying to spot Nessie. The house sits on a track just off the road to Fort William and close to all the facilities of Inverness. It sleeps four and is available to rent from £480 per week.
More information on all properties in the Scottish Canal’s range is available online here at the Cottages & Castle website.
A positive for all of us in this initiative is that the rentals to Scottish Canals will help to maintain our lovely waterways and the ways of life they still support.