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Wildside Highland Lodges
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Stayed in otter.Just got back from a fantastic weeks break to celebrate our 25th.the weather was really kind, red hot, (July), great location for getting around.approx 9miles from Lock Ness,nice walks from base, inverness is only about 20miles away, follow the scenic route alongside LNess.coloden battlefield is really worth the trip,great friendly staff, credit to themselves,thanks Wildside. Steve&Maria

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The lodge we stayed in was called Argus. It was clean and presentable on arrival. The onsuite master bedroom was lovely, however in the living room area was a sofa bed which was very inconvenient - you had to move forward the heavy leather sofa to make room for the pull out bed, the pull out bed was the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept in, the mattress was old and very thin so you could feel all the springs underneath, it also sank inwards and was difficult even for my 11 year old to get in and out of it, so would suggest a new sofa bed. The hot tub at the side of the lodge was lovely but it should have temperature control as it was 40 degrees when the weather was 28 degrees and it would have been nice to lower the temperature, shouldn't be too hard to do.
The staff were friendly and always very helpful, however my son left a favourite item of clothing and I think it would have been nice if they'd contacted us to retrieve it somehow but we heard nothing.
We stayed 2nd week of July for four nights and it worked out at over £100 per night which I think was too expensive for what it was - the lodges are pleasant and private but there is nothing on the actual site other than a stream which one of the other lodges overlooks - it is very dangerous to get down to and I had to watch my children in case they hurt themselves. Other than that we had to travel quite a distance for various local attractions - you need to fill your car with plenty of gas or you'll get stuck as the nearest garage is about 10 miles away!
The lodge was far to hot even with all the windows open so a ceiling or standing fan would be good in the summer seasons, I did ask staff for a fan but they had none. They should also have a proper shop with ice creams, cold drinks, newspapers etc., instead it was just a couple of shelves of bits and pieces, no fridge or freezer so again we had to travel at least 10 miles to get cold/frozen stuff.
Average review is because it was, in my view, far too expensive for what it was - you can get a really comfortable 4/5 star hotel for that price with meals!
It was however peaceful, quiet, private and a nice place to visit, if you like to be literally in the middle of nowhere.

Room Tip: If you have are a family of 3 or more get a larger cabin so you can choose where to sleep - the sofa...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

What a fabulous place!, quite far off the beaten track but that is the way we like it.

The Wildside Lodges are prefect if you like peace and tranquility with a bit of luxury thrown in. We stayed in the Pine Marten lodge for 4 nights from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July 2013, the first 3 days were blazing sunshine so we spent the mornings sunning ourselves in on the veranda and fishing down at the river (with nets and rods available on loan from the office). The last few days had pouring rain so we took advantage of the free DVD library and spent the afternoon on the big comfy leather couch, we could have had the log burner on but it was still really warm, there were plenty of logs and kindling in the lodge had we needed them though.

Pine Marten lodge has one really large double bedroom, a newly refurbished bathroom, modern kitchen and cosy lounge. There was a welcome pack of milk, butter, shortbread and a whisky miniature plus oil and salt and pepper in the cupboard. The highlight has to be the Hot Tub though which looked new and was really clean. We used it every day, i could hardly get my son out of it!

We had planned to do a few fairly long trips to Aviemore and Skye but we enjoyed the site so much we didn't stray very far. Fort Augustus was nice, we spent a day watching the boats move down the locks of the Caledonian Canal, went a cruise on the Loch and had lunch at the Boathouse. We also had a day in Inverness with a trip across the Kessock Bridge to the Dolphin and Seal Centre which was free and we saw lots of Bottlnose Dolphins. The only disappontment of our trip was a visit to Nessieland at Drumnadrochit - waste of time, really badly done and stank, the adventure playground advertised is a health hazzard and should be closed down. The Falls of Foyers were not far away and were a nice, if steep, walk. The Waterfall Cafe was really good.

The staff were first class, Jackie gave us a recommendation to take a short walk past the Whitebridge Hotel and take the Red Quirrel Walk, it was fantastic, a Red Deer flew past us shortly after walking in, i don't know who was more gobsmacked, us or the Deer! What a wonderful sight. We also took a dip in the pool which was fairly tricky to get to but was worth it.

My 8 year old son loved it and there was loads for him to do, no moaning of what to do next - bliss.

Would recommend to anyone and we will definately be back at some point. No complaints at all.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank NicMcl1971
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I booked this weeks break through a travel agent. It was for one week in the Argus Lodge - one of a series of holiday lodges in Whitebridge, near Inverness. I actually drove from the Midlands so travelled 8 hours, with breaks included.

The site is made up of wonderful lodges that have a wood cabin feel, but with all the mod cons. There is a reception on site to welcome new guest but these are great systems in place to allow guests to make their own way to their lodge if they arrive outside reception opening hours.

One thing I liked about the lodges is that although they are in relatively close proximity to each other, that guests in each lodge are suitably separated from other guests. It was like being in a detached house.

The lodge is set in a beautiful rural setting with fantastic scenery all around. I can only talk about my lodge, but the rest are comparable and better. My lodge was for up to three people. It was equipped with very spacious bedroom with double bed, shower room, living area and kitchen and utility room. Don't worry about things like iron, ironing board, and cooking facilities. Everything is included. There was everything needed from a self catering facility. There is even a log stove, BBQ and a hot tub! There was access to prepared food at a local hotel but I didn't use that facility.

Parking is provided of course. The reception provides some essential items which is just as well, as I'd forgotten a toothbrush. I met a couple of staff in the reception and they were all so helpful. they made me feel totally at ease.

What is amazing is how quiet it is at night. Total silence. Wonderfully relaxing. One the single negative side, there is scant mobile phone signal. I got one using orange and O2. But these is wifi availability and a publish pho

My advice is to read the welcome pack when you get to your lodge. It is full of useful tips, advice and hints about walking excursions. There are also activities for children on site and off.

A good half day walk takes you to Foyers Falls - I'd recommend doing that walk using the trail as guided in the welcome pack. The waterfall at the end of the walk is lovely. It's about a seven mile return walk.

For some great excursions a little further away, Fort Augustus is only 9 miles away. Drive carefully...that's all I'll say. The road is narrow in parts. As long as you drive at your own speed, it's fine. Take some time to stop and take photographs. And of course, enjoy Loch Ness!

This is great vacation spot, and I'm sure my review hasn't done it justice. Great for families, friends or even a solo trip.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank gemstoneIV_rocks
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Absolutely fantastic trip, place was very friendly cabins extremely clean. Staff couldn't do enough to help in regards to places to see and walks available etc. our trip was for five days wasn't long enough! Scotland is beautiful. Visit fort Augustus and foyer falls well worth the trip. Isle of Skye long journey but beautiful. Places to eat, white bridge hotel near Wildside resort and dores inn. We stayed in argus lodge, hot tub was great after walking all day to relax your mind and muscles. It's so peaceful there didn't hear a sound, you can sit and watch the birds from your cabin. Feeling very refreshed after the break.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We've recently returned from a 7 night stay in Otter Lodge at Wildside Lodges where we had the absolute perfect time.

The location is remote, beautiful, peaceful and full of wildlife - just what we were after. In terms of the accomodation, Otter lodge is brilliant for a couple getting away, it's nestled away down by the river, you'd rarely see another person walking passed and is surrounded by calm and wildlife.

The lodge was big, newly refurbished and in very good shape. With a hot tub, barbecue, log burner, bird feeders, all utensils, it'd be difficult to find something they missed out. Unlike other holiday lodges (I'm thinking Center Parcs) where you are expected to pay for every little thing (£10 for 3 small manufactured logs), here it was all provided free. Even when I went to buy a small bag of charcoal, I was given it free with a smile.

It really was a brilliant trip and the fact we could take our dog too was essential.

Scotland was spectacular and I still can't believe all the wildlife we saw. From a red squirrel eating at our bird feeders to the red deer on the nearby moors to the cuckoos calling in the nearby fields to the ospreys at RSPB reserves to dolphins within a few metres in the Moray Firth.

I'm already planning next year's trip to Scotland - inevitably including a week's stay at Wildside.

Room Tip: Otter Lodge is fantastic for a couple (room for a travel cot too)
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank adwynne
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Just returned from a 7 night break to wildside, and i cannot recommend it enough. we stayed in pine marten lodge and it was fantatsic. The lodge was very clean and tidy, and the staff where brilliant. The main reason we decided to book here was the hot tub, and what a bonus it was. spent every evening after dinner relaxing in it with a bottle of bubbly and it really did round off every great day we had. Even though we live less than an hour away i would encourage everyone i know to book a stay even if its just up the road from you. Spent the week exploring what is on our door step, as if your local you seem to never do this. If you are staying here take a drive towards Fort Augustus in the late evening to see the huge herd of red deer which inhabit the local area. Also have to suggest a blast on lochness on a RIB which leaves from Fort Augustus, tour skye and dinner in the restaurant at the Lovat to mention but a few things. Checking the calendar as i type to see when i can fit in another visit to wildside. Thanks to everyone there for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Whitebridge, Whitebridge IV2 6UN, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Loch Ness > Whitebridge
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Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Whitebridge
Hotel Class:4 star — Wildside Highland Lodges 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wildside is a small private holiday park of 16 self catering Lodges and log cabins set along a wooded bank of the River Fechlin that flows into Loch Ness at Foyers on the quiet and beautiful South side of Loch Ness, a scenic gem in the Scottish Highlands. Graded 4 Star Excellent quality, by Visit Scotland. Located in the hamlet of Whitebridge, 9 miles from Fort Augustus and 24 miles from Inverness, the Highland capital, with excellent road, rail and air links. 200 Metres from Wildside Highland Lodges is a country pub serving delicious meals. Information packs in the lodges suggest a variety of places to eat out in the area. Wildside is a great place to escape life, it appeals to those who appreciate a haven of peace and tranquility in a wild and natural setting, rich in wildlife, which is yours to enjoy. Wildside offers a choice of seven categories of lodge accommodating from 1-6 people. The Riverside Lodges are all situated along the river and enjoy private lawns to the riverbank. The small One Bedroom Lodges are ideal for couples, situated in the centre of the grounds and are set well apart in large lawns. Guests can wander on the paths to the water's edge where there is a small beach, popular for barbecues, or a picnic on the riverbank. Our luxury Three Bedroom Log Cabins have open views to the mountains and are situated on the fringe of the holiday park in their own private grounds. All our lodges enjoy magnificent river or mountain views through large picture windows. We make pets welcome 2 per lodge in the riverside lodges and one small breed dog per lodge in the three bed and Hot Tub Lodges. ... more   less 
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