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Ancarraig Lodges is the perfect setting for you, your family and your friends to enjoy a spectacular Highlands holiday. The collection of 12 holiday homes is in a peaceful location within easy reach of some of the region's favourite sights and attractions, including the magnificent Loch Ness. Each of the traditional wooden Alpine-style lodges sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is private and self-contained, surrounded by mature woodland where red squirrels, pine martens and red deer are regular visitors. They can be booked together to accommodate extended families or groups of friends. Please see the owner's website for information.
The cottages are near Drumnadrochit on the western shores of Loch Ness, in a remote location around three miles from the A82. Guests love that it's slightly off the beaten track as it almost feels as if you're privy to a wonderful secret. There are stunning walks and mountain bike trails from the door, including routes that lead to Craigmonie and the Falls of Divach, and around the breathtaking Great Glen Way for incredible views of the famous loch, birds and wildlife.
Destinations for a fun day out can include wandering through the ancient landscape of Glen Affric, which has one of the oldest native Caledonian pine forests in Scotland. It's an ideal choice for some relaxing Highland views with lochs and moorland, and all only half an hour's drive from Ancarraig Lodges. Twenty two miles from the holiday lets, the beach at Dores is worth driving to. If it looks familiar, it may be because you've seen it on a calendar or a postcard. The view has a slot in the list of the UK's favourite vistas, and you'll appreciate why when you see it with your own eyes. Book a table for lunch or dinner at the waterside Dores Inn, or stop off for a sundowner as the sunsets. Fort Augustus is another superb choice for a day trip. Watching the boats navigate the five locks between the loch and the Caledonian Canal is very impressive!
In summer, when the area gets an enviable 18 hours of daylight, you can explore the Applecross Peninsula via the Applecross Pass, visit the Isle of Skye, postcard-pretty Plockton, Kyle of Lochlash and Eilean Donan Castle, or see the life-changing sight of Glen Coe, Ballachulish and The Three Sisters.
Everyone deserves the chance to escape to the majesty of the Scottish Highlands. Ancarraig Lodges are ideal for everyone in every season, regardless of your age or interest. You can spend long summer days touring along scenic roads, wild swimming and paddleboarding on Loch Ness (keeping a keen eye out for Nessie, of course!), birdwatching and cloud gazing. In winter, you can enjoy the solitude of walking through a frosted landscape as old as time.
Rosanna Moore joined Independent Cottages in March 2021
There are three types of Ancarraig Lodges. Each has a similar floorplan and sleeps four people in one double and one twin room. This information relates to Juniper lodges. Please see the owner's website for information about Thistle and Rosemoor Lodges.
Outside: Every lodge has a private balcony with garden furniture. There are shared grounds to explore. Parking is outside the property.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all provided. Two well behaved dogs are welcome through prior arrangement and a small surcharge applies. Smoking is not permitted. Short breaks are possible all year round, depending on availability. The owner offers discounts for direct and repeat bookings.
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