Holiday firm to run canalside sites in Scotland

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One of the properties involved is Bannatyne Cottage in Argyll

A tourism company has taken over the running of several canalside holiday cottages in Scotland.

Natural Retreats has secured a deal with Scottish Canals to manage the sites that include historic Bona Lighthouse at Loch Ness near Inverness.

Bannatyne Cottage, a former lock keeper's house on the Crinan Canal at Cairnbaan in Argyll, is also involved.

Natural Retreats already manages the CairnGorm Mountain ski centre and accommodation at John O'Groats.

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Bona Lighthouse at Loch Ness

Bona Lighthouse was renovated at a cost of £497,000.

Scottish Canals and national heritage company Vivat Trust raised the funds needed to conserve the building.

It was designed in 1815 by a superintendent of engineer Thomas Telford and was at one time the smallest manned lighthouse in Britain.

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Bona Lighthouse required a major refurbishment

The building, which helped to guide boats using the Caledonian Canal, has been converted into holiday cottages.

Historic Scotland was among a group of organisations that supported the renovation project.

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