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Apple Pip - self catering tiny house, Loch NessApple Pip is a beautiful Swedish tiny house set in its own garden in the woods outside the village of Fort Augustus. A truly beautiful and luxurious space which is artistic and quirky, making it your ideal romantic retreat for two. Easy walking to Loch Ness and all the forest trails right from your front porch or relax and recuperate by the wood fire after a day of outdoor adventure. It provides all modern facilities and will be a wonderful base to discover the magical Highlands of Scotland.
Cosy Cabin with Hot tub, River & Mountain viewsModern spacious cabin in a quiet private location. 10min walk from Fort Augustus village, Loch Ness, local shops, cafes, restaurants and visitor attractions. A variety of walks right on our doorstep with local outdoor activities close by. Fishing by permit on the river Oich a 2min walk from the cabin. A great base for day trips to Skye, Fort William, Inverness & Avimore. Enjoy the tranquility of the cabin with visiting local wildlife to the garden and soak in the hot tub after a long day hiking.
Field HouseThe Field House sits on the edge of a hayfield just outside Fort Augustus. It is a warm and intimate space, with a living and dining area with spectacular views of the fields and hills, an ensuite shower room, a galley kitchen and two single beds in the loft. The decking is frequented by game birds, hares and owls, and highland cattle graze in the neighbouring field. Fort Augustus and Loch Ness are a short walk away, and the house is perfectly located for exploring the highlands further afield.
The Scottish Highlands live up to the romantic reputation: Narrow valleys, mysterious lochs, and castle ruins mark the mountainous landscape, where remote villages and coastal fishing ports keep ancient traditions alive. If you’re looking for solitude, then you’re sure to find it in the Highlands. This rugged region, which comprises the upper half of Scotland’s territory, ranks among the most sparsely populated in the United Kingdom. This makes the Highlands’ outdoors the big draw — the largest national park (Cairngorms) and highest peak (Ben Nevis) in the British Isles only add to the adventurous allure. Come here for muddy trails to walk, summits to climb, and rivers to paddle. Squeeze a stop at the popular Loch Ness into your itinerary. At the end of each cold day, you’ll find plenty of old pubs to warm you up.
Train journeys may be the most scenic way to arrive from the more populous Lowlands of southern Scotland. Intercity buses also connect the major towns and cities throughout the country, and sleeper trains and overnight buses link the Highlands directly to London.
If you intend to spend time exploring the outdoors, you’ll get more out of your visit to the Scottish Highlands with a car, as local transportation options can be slim. You can rent a car at the major airports, with Inverness Airport (INV) being the primary air travel hub in the area. Highway connections from Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Aberdeen make the road trip into the Highlands easy.
The unpredictable Scottish weather is often the subject of lighthearted jokes, though the one about four seasons in a day rings true in the Highlands. Due to the varied elevations and microclimates, the weather can change quite drastically in a short drive. But mild temperatures and lots of precipitation are common everywhere, so pack layers and a hooded raincoat year-round.
The warmest months to visit are June, July, and August, when Scotland’s northerly latitude makes for some long sunny days. Summer high temperatures average close to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, with warm spells rarely reaching as high as 80. Come autumn, high temperatures drop to the 40s to 50s. Winter brings the highest annual rainfall and plenty of snow in higher elevations. The mountains of the Highlands experience reliable snow most seasons, making for ideal conditions at Scotland’s ski resorts.
Twice the size of England’s much-loved Lakes District, this sprawling wilderness area is the largest national park in Britain. Cairngorms has forest trails, snowy summits, and all kinds of animals and birds. In the summer you can lounge on the shores of Loch Morlich in the Glenmore Forest Park. Come winter, skiers and snowboarders ride the lifts up Cairngorm Mountain for some of Scotland’s finest slopes. Aviemore is the tourism hub within the national park.
Just off Scotland’s west coast, the Isle of Skye claims some of the most magical landscapes in the Highlands: imposing castles, the pastel-painted town of Portree, and the iconic Fairy Pools, a series of astonishingly blue waterfalls in the Glen Brittle forest.
Rising to an elevation of more than 4,400 feet, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. In the summer months, it’s also one of the most popular peaks to climb, inspiring more than 100,000 people to try and reach its summit. The majority of hikers take the Pony Track trail (weather permitting), a strenuous 10.5-mile trek that takes most people 7 to 9 hours to complete.