The Ferry Cottage

Central Scotland Perthshire Aberfeldy

  • From £172 a night
  • Sleeps 4
  • Cosy Rural Retreat

A tranquil riverside cottage in The Highlands with its own sauna and hot tub

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This self-catering cottage in Perthshire sits in four acres of riverside gardens with its own sauna and hot tub. Positioned on the banks of Scotland’s longest river, the Tay, you can spend your days fishing and your evenings soaking in the hot tub under the stars. And if the weather’s not playing ball, head inside for a game of pool or curl up by the fire with a good book. This traditional stone cottage has facilities you might expect at a large property – yet it’s just a two-bedroomed bolthole and feels all the more indulgent for it.

Sleeping up to four plus an infant and/or a dog, the cottage and its garden are a lovely place to spend time in. There’s space for everyone to spread out, whether you come as a family or with friends. Alternatively, the hot tub, riverside setting and fire all lend this place a rather romantic appeal making it just as good for couples, with a pricing structure that makes that feasible too.

Stone walls on the outside and oak flooring inside give the cottage a traditional feel. Walls are mostly whitewashed but the place is warmed by colour in the kitchen and bedrooms. The use of natural wood throughout and artwork on the walls helps too. Overall the effect is homely but contemporary and clean. It’s certainly well equipped: dishwasher, double oven, filter coffee machine and more – there’s everything you need to self-cater. Meanwhile, entertainment is taken care of thanks to an iPod dock, Smart TV and a dining table that turns into a pool table. It’s always nice to find a hairdryer in the bedroom, but here there’s a good pair of straighteners too. The family behind this cottage seem to have thought of everything; evidence of 20 years' experience in hotels and more than 10 years here on the Tay.

The Ferry is a lovely place to spend time and also a good base from which to explore. Its location just off the A827 (which does mean a little road noise in the garden), means it’s only 10 minutes to Aberfeldy. This small town, made famous by a Robert Burns poem, is a useful centre for visitors, with shops, restaurants, information on local adventures and a whiskey distillery. It’s not far to Loch Tay, the surrounding mountains, Glen Lyon or the Tay Forest Park. In short – all those things you might be hoping to find in The Highlands!

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The Ferry cottage comprises of 2 upper bedrooms with king size sleigh beds and orthopaedic mattresses for a great sleep. Black out  blinds and curtains. Oak flooring and built in open wardrobes. Bedside sockets with usb charging points.
In between the 2 bedrooms is a full bathroom with a deep roll top bath. Hairdryer and hair straighteners/curlers.
The ground floor has a lounge with open fire , chesterfield sofa and chairs. Smart tv, dvd  player . We also have books and games.
There is  also situated in this floor another full bathroom with power shower . There is a washing machine in the bathroom cupboard space .
Both bathrooms have electric shaving points and electric toothbrush charging points .
The dining room  has a large dining table that converts into a pool table. Log burning stove and wine fridge.
Fully equipped kitchen with hob, double oven and grill. Dishwasher, microwave , toaster , coffee filter machine and tumble dryer.
We now have an ev charger - this incurs an additional charge but  will be discounted at rates of 50%

Suitable For

Well behaved dogs are allowed. As the cottage can only take 4 people or 5 with an airbed it us not suitable for large groups .
We can provide a travel cot and high chair on request


Car is essential as we are 3 miles from Aberfeldy . There is Cluny house gardens above us where they have feeding times for the red squirrels.
Numerous walks in the area including the famous Birks. Plenty of mountains to climb including the fairy mountain- Schiehallion.
Water sports at Kenmore marina or rafting down the Tay

Food & Drink

You will be spoilt for choice for eating out. We have the Ailean Chraggan 2 miles towards Aberfeldy where you can enjoy fresh seafood from the west coast .  At Grandtully you have the incredible Inn on the Tay , Ballintagart hotel.
On the Crieff road there is a fabulous restaurant - Thyme to eat which has its own deli too.
Plenty of pub fare in Aberfeldy with the Schiehallion , The fountain and the Black watch


Available all year.


3 nights from £530; 7 nights from £1210.

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The Owner Says

The Ferry cottage sits on the banks of the River Tay. Built in 1860 as a Ferry where people were rowed  across the river to catch the passing train from Aberfeldy up until 1965.
Set within 4 acres of grounds we offer a peaceful and tranquil location  to enjoy the abundant wildlife or stargaze without light pollution. The grounds are fully enclosed for dogs and there is complimentary trout fishing from the banks.
Relax after a day of sightseeing in the hot tub or wood burning outdoor sauna. Magical memories around the fire pit .

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Contact Website  07778 731 582  The Ferry Cottage, Boat of Cluny, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2JT

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Getting There

Approaching from Perth (the south), leave the A9 at the junction with the A827, signposted towards Aberfeldy. After abut four miles, turn right towards Pitnacree, Strathtay and Weem. Continue for another three miles through the village of Strathtay, and along the river until you see the cottage on the left hand side. Pitlochry is the nearest station and is 11 miles away


  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • BBQs
  • Exclusive hire
  • Sauna
  • Waterside
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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews


Lovely location

Secluded cottage in a lovely location and we notice that there is a continual renewal and energy saving upgrading from previous visits. Thanks again.
Apr 1, 2024 by Clifford D

One of our favorite places to stay in Scotland!

The host, John, has thought of everything and the surroundings are exquisite! He is close, if you wish to ask him anything but not intrusive. One can see his 30+ years of mastery in hospitality in every detail.
Nov 15, 2023 by Madison, USA

Highly recommend

The cottage was perfect with everything you could possibly need with fabulous views. The hot tub and sauna are an added bonus. The owner John is on hand if there are any problems and very helpful. Would highly recommend the Ferry.
Oct 20, 2023 by Margaret M

Rustic yet luxurious

Our second return trip to this lovely spot. Rustic and luxurious at the same time with great facilities.
Oct 15, 2023 by Alistair D

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