My partner and I were driving around Invermoriston from Skye looking for a place to stay at around 7pm, most B&Bs were full by then and we saw the Old Pier House's sign and decided to see if they had availability.
There is a drive in and gosh, what an amazing surprise! We found a house right next to the Loch, parked the car and Jenny was out in the garden playing with her cat. We asked if they had any rooms for the night and unfortunately the house was full. However she offered us a 2 people cabin for £75 and we were interested and decided to go see it. It was adorable but it was our last night of the trip and I had really wanted to stay in a place which had a view to the water. Jenny then explained she indeed had another cabin which was bigger than what we needed - a five people cabin for £100.
We went to see it and I immediately fell in love with it. the lodge was right next to the water and had its own parking space, a garden with a picnic table, a double room that faces the Loch and a triple room that has a restricted view of the water, a kitchen faces the garden and water and a lovely cosy living room. We then decided to treat ourselves to this cabin and paid in cash.
We made dinner and ate in the garden and watched sunset on a beautiful day. Though we found the cabin could have been cleaner, the floor was dusty and a bit dirty, the bathroom was getting mouldy and the kitchen can do with a little bit of upgrading.
The breakfast did not have a wide spread of choices but you definitely won't be hungry afterwards. We rented a canoe for £10 for half a day the next morning and thoroughly enjoyed the last day of our road trip.
All in all, I would definitely come back and cannot wait for our next trip to Old Pier House. The location is truly stunning and you can't be any closer to Loch Ness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Old Pier House, a Highland farmhouse on the shores of Loch Ness, near the pretty village of Fort Augustus. We offer bed and breakfast in the main house open from April to October and self-catering facilities in our Loch Ness Log Cabins which are open all year round. This is a very private location on a peninsula in Loch Ness with stunning loch and mountain views yet only a ten minute walk or a two minute drive from the centre of the village. Located in the heart of the Highlands we are ideally situated as a central base for your Scottish touring holiday. We welcome walkers, cyclists, canoeists, horses and camping groups. There is plenty of parking and storage space. The 125 year old house with magnificent views has been extended to provide comfortable en-suite ground floor bedrooms, sitting rooms with log fires and a large bright breakfast room with superb views. Originally the Old Pier House was the end of the line for the West Highland Railway where big paddle steamers carried timber, cattle and people up the loch to Inverness. The old pier still remains and provides wonderful photo opportunities, a great picnic location and moorings for small boats. We have friendly Highland cattle and ponies that graze naturally on the heather hills, fields and surrounding woodlands. We speak fluent Gaelic, French, German, Italian and Spanish. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Old Pier House Hotel Fort Augustus
- Old Pier House Fort Augustus, Loch Ness