Did you spot the cool little Airbnb Scottish Highlands cottage over on my Instagram?
I’m forever trawling Airbnb Scotland for hidden gems; cool and unusual Scottish accommodation that you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else. I love finding rustic little sheds, abandoned trains, traveller caravans, etc. that have been lovingly restored into quirky small-scale places to lay your head for the night. And Scotland has loads of them!
Our cottage style Airbnb in Fort Augustus Scotland
For our trip to Loch Ness, famous for both its monster (I’ve never seen it) and its sheer size, we decided to check out Airbnb in Fort Augustus. The tiny little village sits on the South-West end of Loch Ness and is a paradise for walkers and those looking to explore Scotland’s largest loch.
The Field House on Airbnb’s Scotland Highlands listings is located JUST outside of Fort Augustus … it’s so close you could roll to the village’s welcome sign! It’s not on Google Maps, and it doesn’t show on the sat nav. Despite looking for it, we actually missed it first time around. However, if anything, this only adds to the charm and the remote feeling of the accommodation.
The little shed, which was once an old hay hut, has now been transformed into a cosy cabin – complete with attic beds, miniature kitchen and homely den area. For rainy days it’s kitted out with a deep sofa and DVD player (just be sure to bring your own DVDs), and comes with its own whistling stove kettle for warm cuppas.
Things to do in Fort Augustus
It may be small, but there are loads of things to do in Fort Augustus to keep you busy:
- Visit the smallest lighthouses in Britain: The Loch Ness ‘Pepperpot’ Lighthouses are located along the Caledonian Canal. You can’t enter them, but it’s worth going to check them out simply for the novelty value (one of them dates back to 1840). They also stand looking across wonderful views of Loch Ness.
- Treat yourself to a dram: There’s a of lively little Scottish pubs just waiting to be explored in Fort Augustus. What better place to sip a whisky than on famous Loch Ness?
- Visit the Caledonian Canal: If you’re lucky to catch a sunny day in Fort Augustus, this is a wonderful place to soak up the rays and watch the boats using the canal come in and out. Those entering must be raised and lowered 13m by a ‘ladder’ of five consecutive locks. The canal also has a visitor centre – chronicling the history of the canal.
- Take a boat tour of Loch Ness: There are tons of Loch Ness cruise companies to choose from, all allowing you take a relaxing voyage around the loch and make the most of the Scottish scenery. I enjoy those that include a stop by Urquhart Castle.
How long does it take to get to Fort Augustus?
Driving from Edinburgh to Fort Augustus will take you about 3h 30 mins
Driving from Glasgow to Fort Augustus will take you about 3h 15mins
Driving from Inverness to Fort Augustus will take you around 1h
Touring the North of Scotland? Get planning with my 1-day itinerary for the Isle of Skye – my favourite place in Scotland!