Best time to Visit Loch Ness is Spring

18.Feb.2017 Posted by Andy

If you ask me, what’s the best time to visit Loch Ness? Without hesitation I will say the springtime, my partner reckons the best time to visit is autumn for the colours but to me Loch Ness is at its best in spring and there are absolutely no midges! I am a keen gardener and all gardeners get excited in the spring-time as soon as I see the warmth of the sun causing steam to rise off the cold soil. In spring the days rapidly get longer and warmer and the profusion of gorse flowering everywhere forcing winter into retreat once again. From the first time I ever visited Loch Ness I remember being amazed at dense unbroken banks of colour lining the roads everywhere around Loch Ness the scent and riot of rich golden yellows of the gorse. The Continue Reading …

Book Direct

01.Dec.2016 Posted by Andy

Up Close and Personal – Book Direct That “one liner” is becoming more and more relevant these days with scams and fraud seemingly to have gone through the roof. It’s a good idea to be up close and personal before parting with your money online. The best way to be sure about where your money is actually going when you book online is to book direct with people you know personally. Last year I heard about people paying for non-existent holiday cottages and arriving at Loch Ness to find they have been scammed into paying large amounts of hard earned cash to fraudsters. It’s heartbreaking when it happens.  Only recently we saw in the news, a lady had actually paid a six figure sum online for a house, to what she thought was a property owners solicitor, but who turned Continue Reading …

The Weather at Loch Ness

13.Nov.2016 Posted by Andy

The one thing visitors most want to know, before deciding whether to come, is about Loch Ness weather. It’s a question I am asked more than any other, “What’s the weather like at Loch Ness?” It’s important because you want to know what to pack, especially if you’re flying in. Now, most tourism business owners will be very careful about what they say here because you may decide against visiting, if we are too honest!!  Right? I don’t think so – I prefer to tell it as it is. Everybody knows the weather in Scotland is fickle at best – you just want confirmation of that ? Compared to other places on the same latitude, Scotland is surprisingly warm – that’s due to the Gulf stream, an ocean current that washes up from the tropics along Scotland’s west coast. However, Continue Reading …

Fort Augustus Location Location Location

13.Oct.2016 Posted by Andy

We all know that the key to success when buying a house or choosing a holiday is location, location, location – that’s why we bought Old School 11 holiday apartment in Fort Augustus Abbey!  The Highland Club is the only multi apartment rental resort that’s situated bang in the centre of Fort Augustus location and with direct access to the shore of Loch Ness. But that’s not all … Fort Augustus location is widely recognised locally, and by anyone who’s been here, as the best place on Loch Ness for a holiday base, whether it be for walking, biking, touring or getting out on the water. See our Walk around Fort Augustus article   Walking trails around Fort Augustus The Great Glen Way which follows the north side of Loch Ness runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William Continue Reading …

Best Places to View Loch Ness

29.Sep.2016 Posted by Andy

So you’re in Scotland, travelling north or south through the Great Glen and you want to know where the best places to view Loch Ness are.  Can I firstly make it absolutely clear that you cannot see Loch Ness from Drumnadrochit! The village is over a mile away from the loch! I see so many misleading and, to be frank, inaccurate articles about Loch Ness written by people who have obviously never been anywhere near Loch Ness, that I thought it time to write an article written with local knowledge about the best places to view Loch Ness. Now that’s off my “grumpy old blogger” chest I will get down to the good stuff (grin). Categorically, unequivocally, undeniably and without any shadow of any doubt, the best views of Loch Ness from the water’s edge can be found at each Continue Reading …

Holidays at Loch Ness – Best Choice Apartments

11.Aug.2016 Posted by Andy

Finding the Best Apartments. Now, before I start blowing my own apartment’s trumpet and urging you to take your holidays at Loch Ness with us in Old School 11, I just want to say that all of these are my own thoughts and absolutely not intended to offend other self-catering apartment owners at The Highland Club. I know we’ve all got our own ideas on what’s good and what’s not so good and our budget often decides what we can afford. Cheap and Practical A friend of mine maintains that when he goes cruising, he always books an inside cabin (no windows or balcony!) because it’s cheap and as he’s only ever in it to sleep, he can’t see why he should pay more for stuff he doesn’t need (windows and balconies!). Well, there’s nothing wrong with that if you’re Continue Reading …

A Walk Around Inverness

01.Aug.2016 Posted by Andy

If you’re anything like me, a walk around Inverness might sound a bit of a non-starter, but somehow Inverness is a bit different. I don’t know why, but the atmosphere’s not like other city centres – it’s a lot less hurried and actually quite pleasant. The town centre is compact – you can get around it quite quickly on foot. A tip if you’re a stranger to Inverness – always know where the river Ness is and you will quickly get your bearings – it’s a dominant feature of Inverness cutting right through the middle of the town. A Riverside Lunch If you happen to find yourself by the river at lunch time you will be spoilt for choice of eateries – they line the bank on both sides! One of our lunch time favourites is Jimmy Chung Chinese buffet Continue Reading …

A Walk Around Fort Augustus

23.Jul.2016 Posted by Andy

We recently visited Fort Augustus Abbey to deliver a couple of items that needed replacing in our holiday apartment. I think it was a measuring jug and a new wok. Not sure why we thought the jug was missing because it was right there in the cupboard when I went to put the new one in! Anyway, I left the new one in the cupboard. The wok! This is the fifth wok we have put in the apartment – first one had the wooden handle split by the dishwasher, so we don’t get wooden handles now!  The second one went rusty in the dishwasher, we don’t get steel ones now! The third and fourth non-stick woks became so badly scratched by metal implements we just had to replace it.  This one is another non-stick one. The moral of this story Continue Reading …

Welcome to my soapbox

15.Jul.2016 Posted by Andy

Welcome to my soapbox – I forget business – I forget diplomacy – I forget to hold back, but here I have my own stand where I can say what’s bothering me, get it all off my chest and you know what?  I feel better for it. You don’t have to agree or disagree just click back to the nicey, nicey stuff if you don’t like what I think. I decided to setup a category called Soapbox so I can let off steam when something in the news raises the temperature, not literally of course, it would take more than a news story to raise the temperature up here in the frozen north!! But seriously I think a lot of southerners think the Highlands is the frozen north, well I can tell you, this year they are right! The European Continue Reading …

The Highland Club a Dream Holiday

29.Jun.2016 Posted by Andy

The Highland Club what made us invest in Old School 11 We invested in Old School 11 holiday apartment early on, before development work really started, when the whole conversion of Fort Augustus Abbey into Highland Club luxury apartments was still in the planning stage. The abbey, sadly, had laid largely unused and virtually deserted for some years prior to this new development. It was a bit of coincidence really – the story of our involvement in the Highland Club like this. Some friends of ours who had been holidaying in Scotland in our cottages for many years, asked us if  we knew any places for sale as they were thinking of uprooting from their Dorset home to live in Scotland, particularly the Loch Ness area as it was here they had come every year, same two weeks, for forty Continue Reading …