Highland Club Facilities
Location and history brief
The list of Highland Club facilities is truly impressive as are the gardens and grounds. The abbey is surrounded on three sides by waters of the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness and the river Tarff. This makes the short walk into the village of fort Augustus a delight. There is a small but interesting array of shops, restaurants and bars in the village. See our Blog for shopping, parking in and generally walking around Inverness. Nearer to home, the Boathouse restaurant is situated within the abbey grounds on the shore of Loch Ness and serves informal meals and drinks. That’s not all, a roundup of the Highland Club facilities are listed on this page, read on.
You are able, quite literally, to dip your toes into Loch Ness from within the Highland Club grounds and you will find plenty of places to relax in the gardens with its acres of lawns and mature trees growing through long terraces with broad flights of Victorian steps right down to the waters edge. To experience Loch Ness in this tranquil and truly awe-inspiring setting, just as generations of St Benedictine monks before you did, will leave you with memories that you will cherish forever. Further afield see some of our favourite Things to do around Loch Ness page
This fabulous category “A” listed historic building is without doubt one of the most unique holiday destinations in Scotland. Certainly it is unique to Loch Ness, and when looking at Travel packages there really is nothing to compare in the area in terms of history, location, facilities and quality.
All Highland Club facilities are free for our guests
- Private designated parking spaces for self catering visitors outside the apartment entrance.
- Self catering guests have free access to 20 acres of garden grounds for picnics, barbecue area, tennis court, Lawn chess, croquet.
- Fast broadband connection in the apartment and WiFi available in the club room.
- Club room with full sized snooker table, table football and comfortable armchairs for socialising
- WiFi hotspot free from the club room
- Adventure Playground for kids
- Indoor heated Swimming pool Spa & Gym (Unfortunately this facility is closed to the public until further notice for refurbishment due to fire)
- The Boathouse on-site restaurant overlooking Loch Ness
- Mooring for boats
- Village bars, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.
- Free fishing for guests
- Table tennis in the cloisters
The Highland Club for Kids
You might want to check out the summer club for kids which is very inexpensive and they love it. Book your children into a fun session with Pebble then spend some quality “self” time knowing the children are well looked after.
Download and print the Highland Club for kids pdf
Check out the self catering facilities
History of Fort Augustus
The original Gaelic name for Fort Augustus was Cille Chumein named after St Cummein who built a church here. The village today takes its name from the original fort that was built after the 1715 Jacobite uprising, where the Lovat Arms Hotel is today.
See more about Fort Augustus Location as a holiday base.
History of the Abbey
Fort Augustus Abbey occupies a fabulous position surrounded on three sides by water, so no problems here deciding where to go fishing Self catering visitors are allowed to fish for free from the banks within the grounds. Built in 1876 it is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Augustus and certainly one of the most impressive buildings anywhere around Loch Ness. It is built on the site of the previous Hanovarian fort named after William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, some of it’s foundations still forming part of the buildings today, though almost nothing remains of either of the original forts.
For many years a part of the Abbey was run as a school by the monks, but it was closed some years ago due to financial pressures and when, finally, the monks closed the Abbey as a place of worship, the buildings were sold. There have been sightings of the Loch Ness Monster from the grounds of Fort Augustus Abbey by the monks that lived here, so you can’t really argue with that – though they did brew a lot of wine!
The Abbey today
Fort Augustus Abbey is a Grade A listed building, painstakingly and tastefully converted into luxury apartments. The abbey is now rather aptly named The Highland Club. Old School 11 apartment is a first floor south facing apartment in the Old School which you enter through the rather grand doorway beneath the clock tower! The sun streams into the apartment through three huge arched lounge windows that overlook the cloister gardens to the mountains.