1-Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands - With Access To All The Abbey's Facilities
Nick and Sarah
About Nick and Sarah
Sarah and I moved to Scotland in 2010 after some 15 years in London. At first I continued to commute down south for a few days each week and Sarah worked in Dundee. We now have a young family, I work in Edinburgh and we are both loving the lifestyle up here. My family are originally from Scotland and we wanted somewhere more relaxing to live and with access to the countryside. It has been a great move for us and we are really well settled in now.
Nick and Sarah purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Nick and Sarah chose Fort Augustus
We bought the Monastery Tower in 2007 for a holiday apartment for ourselves whilst we were living in London. Very quickly the area became very special to us. We got married in Urquhart Castle and had our wedding reception in Fort Augustus. Loch Ness is probably the most talked about strip of water in the world. "Nessie" may get most of the coverage the loch itself is truly beautiful and, whatever the weather, it is so peaceful looking across it at the hills and mountains. But it's not all about the loch. The surrounding area is just as charming. There are so many interesting walks, many from the town itself and the sights are amazing.
What makes this Apartment unique
St Benedict's Abbey was redeveloped as luxury holiday apartments a few years ago and named the Highland Club. The grounds are lovely, the architecture is stunning and its location is fantastic. There are a number of facilities in the Abbey itself that guests can enjoy such as snooker (full size table), swimming, croquet, tennis and table tennis. Walking around the grounds is a real pleasure. There is a children's climbing frame. All of the apartments in the Highland Club offer something special and they are all so different that there is probably no such thing as the "best" apartment. However, we bought the Monastery Tower as we wanted 360 degree views of the area and, in particular, an unrestricted view of Loch Ness. If it is views that you want, then you really won't find a better choice at the Abbey. December 2017 UPDATE - the swimming pool renovations are complete and the pool in the Highlands Club is now open. January 2018 UPDATE - The sauna and steam room renovations are complete and are now open.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
It was perfect! We stayed in the Monastery Tower M19. We loved being able to walk to the Village, the shops, grocery shopping and even Church on Sundays. We even walked to the local waterfall which was beautiful. We were a close drive to lots of sights and more hikes. Don’t miss Plodda Falls too. We stayed the entire month of November and loved waking up to the views of Loch Ness. The Abbey grounds were beautiful too. I really could go on and on but if you choose to stay here you won’t regret it.
A smooth process to book the property. Initial checkin process needs some slight updating as has changed slightly from the instructions provided.
The accommodation is fantastic, the steps make you appreciate the views even more.
We will be back
Many thanks for your review and we're very glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for the feedback on the check in process - we have amended our welcome instructions accordingly.
We look forward to seeing you again.
Fabulous View of Loch
Lovely view from sitting room through the arched windows to the trees and Loch Ness. We enjoyed our stay perched up in the old bell tower, although the climb up there was challenging! The atmosphere in the old monastery was wonderful. Thanks for a great stay.
Great view of Loch Ness
Interesting period property with great facilities, easy access to the local village as well as being a convenient launch point to various points of interest in the Highlands.
The Abbey, fort Augustus
Beautiful flat and amazing views but unfortunately we sitting down you can see out of the windows as they are too high!! The Abbey, despite its very disgusting and sad history of years gone is a beautiful place. The swimming pool was definitely a bonus on rainy days.
My fiancé and I truly enjoyed staying here, the location right on the loch is beautiful and the apartment itself is stunning. Plus all the activities available and great places to eat nearby make this stop well worth it.
The Abbey is literally on the shore of Loch Ness, probably the most famous strip of water in the world. If Nessie decides to make an appearance, you won't get a better view than from the Monastery Tower.
If you want to get to the sea shore, then the Moray Firth in Inverness (40 minute drive) is a beautiful place to visit - watch out for dolphins! The drive west towards Skye is longer but, with mountains and lochs at almost every turn, you won't be disappointed.
The nearest train station is at Spean Bridge (20 minute drive) but there is more service to Inverness and Fort William (both a 40 minute drive). The nearest airport is Inverness where there is a regular service to London and other UK cities.
We would recommend bringing a car as there is so much to see that is beyond the reach of public transport. Inverness and the other major Scottish cities have plenty of car hire options - contact us for details.
The centre of Fort Augustus is an easy (and beautiful) 5 minute walk away and there are plenty of choices there for eating out, including two excellent pubs. The Boathouse restaurant in the grounds of the Abbey is also recommended. The nearest major supermarkets are in Fort William and Inverness - stock up on your way here but the smaller supermarkets in Fort Augustus will cater for most things.
The Scottish Highlands are one of the world's most dramatic and beautiful locations and St Benedict's Abbey is itself one of the rein's highlights.
The monastery is built on the site of the original "Fort" Augustus and the old stone walls are still visible. The building dates back to the nineteenth century and has the intricate architecture and stonework you would expect of an ecclesiastical. Staying in the Monastery Tower is more than just having a stunning holiday apartment. You also have full access to the Abbey's grounds and facilities, including a swimming pool, sauna, gym and tennis court. Relax in the Highland Club lounge with its full-size snooker table and library of books or play croquet on the shores of Loch Ness - there is something for everyone.
There is also free wifi in the Highland Club lounge.
Fort Augustus itself is a charming town, split in half by the Caledonian Canal and a series of locks which are opened throughout the day as boats pass through.
As for Loch Ness itself, so much is written about it that it is hard to add much more. However, it is a beautiful loch, stretching over 30 miles and banked on both sides by steep mountains. What really strikes us is how much it changes during the day. You'll need to see the colours for yourself but, whether it is calm or rough, the view is spectacular. Settle down at a dining room table in the apartment and keep an eye out for the monster!
The surrounding area will appeal to walkers, cyclists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.