Ness Side Cottages

Local Information

How to Find Allt a'Mhuilinn

Situated on the B862 on the southern shore of Loch Ness, Dores is 8 miles (13km) from Inverness. As you come to the village sign from Inverness take the track turning left to the Church of Scotland and bear left up a gravel track which leads up to the cottage.



Inverness Airport is 18 miles (30km) away (30minutes) and there is a mainline train and coach station in Inverness. The local bus service to Dores is limited, timetable available on request. The nearest fuel is in Inverness (8 miles, 13km).

Things to Do
There is a superb range of things to do and places to visit around the Highlands of Scotland. Below are some of the most popular, we could never list them all! You will also find useful links to places of interest, tourist offices and useful information such as train and plane companies that service Inverness.

Things to do:

Driving Tour

Probably the most popular activity in the highlands. Take a trip to Skye and see the magnificent Cuillin mountains or a circular drive around Loch Ness. Fort William and the west coast of Scotland is within reach and those who are really keen behind the wheel can make the return journey to John O'Groats in a day. Wherever you drive you will be assured of breathtaking views of some tremendous scenery, no other area in Britain comes close.



The area is walking country beyond compare. Whether an easy country ramble or a more adventurous tramp up a mountain, you will be spoilt for choice. 
The roads locally are very quiet and are suitable for cycling so don't forget your bike if you wish to sample some fine countryside by  pedal power. Mountain biking is also very popular in the area and some very challenging routes are available.
We are happy to advise on suitable routes that match your ambition.

Historic Sites

Historic battlefields and ancient castles. Scottish heritage is deeply rooted in the Highlands. Culloden is one of the many battlefields in Scotland and is only a short drive away. Many castles are open to the public and those that aren't are still worth the trip for the photo opportunity.

Towns & Villages

Many picturesque villages are situated near Dores and of course the lovely city of Inverness is always worth a visit.


The cottage is an ideal base for the West Coast, Torridon and Cairngorm. Access to these areas requires a drive but being well placed means that you have the pick of the routes.
We are happy to advise on climbs and Smiler, your host, is a retired international mountain guide with a wealth of knowledge to impart!
There is also an impressive indoor climbing wall in the Inverness sports centre.



With easy access to Cairngorm and Aonach Mor you are ideally situated to take advantage of these modern facilities.

Other activities include


Facilities in Inverness

  • Fishing
  • Whisky trails
  • Loch Ness cruises
  • Bird & Nature reserve
  • Great Glen watersports
  • Beaches
  • Golf
  • Dolphin trips in the Moray Firth
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Swimming pool
  • Climbing wall
  • Sports centre
  • Ice rink
  • Shops
  • Cinemas
  • Pubs & Restaurants
  • 24hr Supermarket 
    Tescos (10 miles from Dores)
We are happy to advise about local attractions and activities.




Sources of information about the area and ways of travelling to it.

Activities and entertainment
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Raitrack-UK Train Timetables Bus and Coach Travel UK   The RAC
British Airways Coach Travel - Scotland   The AA
Inverness Airport Easyjet    

Car Hire
Most of the larger car rental firms have facilities at Inverness (Dalcross) airport. Those that don't are normally happy to arrange a pick up if required.
Avis Avis Airport, Inverness 0844 581 0013
Budget Budget Railway Terrace, Inverness. 01463 713333
Hertz Hertz Airport, Inverness 0870 850 2661
Europcar Europcar at Thistle Hotel, Millburn Road, Inverness 01463 235337
National National at Thistle Hotel, Millburn Road, Inverness. 01463 238084
4 x 4 Rental Aberdeen 4x4 15 B Harbour Road (Kens Garage) & Airport, Inverness.

01463 871083

01463 709888