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Prepare for a sensational Highland fling at The Highland Club - an exquisite former fort on the shores of Loch Ness, promising Gothic enchantment for romance, adventure or a fairytale wedding.

If you love luxury, tradition and a little indulgence, you'll adore The Highland Club, whether you're dropping in for the weekend or staying longer. This historic beauty sits among 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and, with a prime spot on Loch Ness' southern shoreline, you'll have views for die in this heavenly Highland location.

Today, The Highland Club is home to 14 luxurious self-catering apartments for a very special stay. However, it wasn't always as such, having started life as Fort Augustus, protecting the Hanoverians from the Jacobite forces. You can still see much of the original architecture, including the bastion walls and the parade ground - a real treat for history buffs.

You'll also spot clues from The Highland Club's other former life as St Benedict's Abbey, whether you're strolling through stunning cloisters, admiring intricate stained glass windows, or settling into your apartment in the Abbey Church.

This incredible space is indeed where you'll find your astonishing accommodation, each self-contained apartment oozing opulence. And, although all feature the same unrivalled luxury, each is unique. Some exude a contemporary feel, while others boast original features for a real historic hideaway. Some have a garden, and some have a terrace. Some enjoy unbeatable views of Loch Ness, others of the stunning glen, while some offer views of both!

And whether you're visiting as a couple or family, there's an apartment to suit, with accommodation for two, four and six people on offer. You'll also find wheelchair-friendly apartments on the ground floor, ideal for guests with accessibility needs.

On arrival, prepare to be spoiled with a bag of delicious treats, from Scottish shortbread and chocolate to chilled wine and nibbles. There's also tea, coffee and sugar to enjoy and scrumptious cereal to set you up for the day. And, with the local shop just a short step away, you can fill your eco-friendly Highland Club bag with your favourite titbits, and prepare them in the high-spec apartment kitchen.

The Highland Club also has a fantastic range of amenities to make your stay even more memorable. Relax back in the cavernous Club Lounge - the former refectory - now home to comfy sofas and a snooker table, or unwind with a dip in the indoor pool, followed by a steam and a sauna. The Boathouse Restaurant serves a variety of family fayre, accompanied by unparalleled loch views, or rustle up something yourself in the barbecue area.

You'll also discover a host of activities in the grounds, including a tennis court, badminton, croquet, boules and even a cricket pitch - the perfect opportunity to get out in that fresh Highland air. And don't forget to exercise those little grey cells with a spot of giant chess in the Cloister Garden!

With such beautiful surroundings and incredible architecture, you might even want to enjoy the most special day of your life at The Highland Club, opting for an intimate wedding on the shores of Loch Ness or perhaps a magnificent celebration in the Church Atrium.

And if it couldn't get any better, The Highland Club is also the perfect gateway to The Highlands, whether you're exploring on foot, on wheels, or even on skis! Keep an eye out for Nessie as you try your hand at water sports on Loch Ness, work on your handicap at a nearby golf course, or set your sights high with a spot of Munro bagging.

Whatever the occasion, for towers and turrets, gargoyles and glens, original architecture and opulent additions, an escape to The Highland Club is a must.

Things to note

Check in time is 4pm, check out time 10am. Strictly no smoking permitted, no pets permitted.

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The basics

Region: Fort Augustus, Inverness-Shire
Cost (from): £505 (1 week low season)
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 474

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Facilities

14 apartments varying in size and style, sleeping 2-6+, some with loch and/or glen views and on different floors.  Please see the property's website for the individual details.

Local activities

Onsite:  club lounge with pool table, snooker, table football. Church atrium, pool, steam room, sauna, gym. croquet, tennis, table tennis, badminton, cricket, giant chess, fishing, boules, football, watersports.  Nearby: golf, Munro bagging, dog sledding, kite buggying.

At a glance

  • Luxurious self-catering in Gothic fort and abbey on shores of Loch Ness
  • 14 beautifully converted, self-contained apartments sleeping 2, 4, and 6 people
  • Perfect for couples, families, and special events (incl. weddings)
  • Outstanding amenities include Club Lounge, The Boathouse Restaurant, indoor pool, steam room and sauna
  • Enjoy outdoor sports and pastimes, both in 20-acre grounds and The Highlands
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