Island Cottage is situated in the Highland village of Inverfarigaig on the south side of Loch Ness. Possibly named after the island in the river, the property is the last of a small community of houses which have been built along the shoreline. The driveway follows the banks of the loch to where the cottage lies, set just above the river, its meandering route forming a natural boundary on two sides before flowing into Loch Ness.
Originally a forester's cottage, the current owners purchased the property in 1991 and have carried out considerable improvements to both the house and grounds to create a characterful home set in delightful grounds. Work to the house includes two extensions, reconfiguration of part of the interior, re-wiring, re-plumbing, the installation of a wood burning stove, insulation in the walls and roof space, timber treatments and recladding. One half of the house was built and used as a self-contained granny flat and the potential exists to bring this back into use.
The river can be viewed from most rooms, creating a spectacular and ever-changing backdrop to the cottage. This natural feature forms part of the structure of the gardens which, as well as being very productive in fruit and vegetables, have been designed to reflect the environment and enhance the natural habitat for wildlife. Plants have been chosen to attract certain species of insects and a pond created for dragonflies and amphibians, while the woodland is managed for natural regeneration and habitat. As well as the amenity within the grounds of Island Cottage, there is also easy access to the lochside and its shingle beach from which a boat or canoe can be launched, while a way marked path a short distance from the house leads to a delightful walk along the banks of the loch.