Your Loch Ness Questions & Answers
We know from our own experiences that first time visitors will have a whole lot of Loch Ness questions to ask. Please do contact us if you have any questions about Loch Ness that we haven’t answered here. We love to hear from you.
Most frequently asked of all Loch Ness questions is about parking at the Highland Club?
Each apartment has its own private free parking space outside the apartment and there are bike spaces too. If you are arriving in more than one car then, 90% of the time, this is fine as there is plenty of parking spaces, but best just let us or the manager know beforehand so we can clear it for you.
What do I need to bring?
We provide everything to get you settled in, including a toilet roll in each bathroom. You will find some basic cleaning products in the cupboards but we don’t provide it so there may not be enough for the week. Bathroom and hand towels, plus swimming pool towels are provided. Two pillows per person, duvets and bed linen is included in the price. Food is required and most people stop on route to stock up with provisions but there are small supermarket shops and a petrol filling station with some food items at Fort Augustus. For those hiring a cot for baby please note we do not provide cot linen.
How far are the shops?
There is a small number of nice shops, restaurants and bars a couple of hundred yards from the apartment in Fort Augustus village. For a detailed look see our article A walk round Fort Augustus. For your main shopping, Inverness and Fort William are both around 32 miles away. Inverness has just about anything you might need, including a 24 Hour Tesco and filling stations. There is a very good Hotel bar, with food, and two cafes in Foyers (12 miles) and an excellent pub/restaurant in Dores (24 miles) which is on the shores of Loch Ness and serves very good meals at reasonable prices.
What is there for the kids to do?
There are all the facilities in The Highland Club, adventure playground, tennis court, table tennis and football and the swimming pool of course! Outdoor activities such as bike hire, canoe hire etc can be arranged on request. Plus there are cruises on Loch Ness just outside the abbey grounds, including a speed rib and a more sedate cruise boat with a cabin. The kids club is popular too during summer months – More information about the Kids Club
Inverness also has lots of things to do, including a Bowling alley, Aquadome, Multi screen cinema, sports centre and climbing wall, Monster exhibitions. You can’t go home without taking the kids monster spotting and where better to get a sighting of Nessie than on a Jacobite cruise on Loch Ness.
Very often, if you check the weather forecast you can find sunshine not far away, as our rain does tend to be very localised, so if it’s raining in the west it is often dry in the east and vice versa. You will also find a good selection of information leaflets, video’s, books and games to amuse them and indeed yourselves at other times.
Is it too early to book, when should I book?
The best time to book your holiday is as soon as you are sure of the dates that you would like to come. Many of our guests return year after year and it has been known for guests to book the following years holiday even before they travel home or shortly after they leave. Whatever your circumstances, we would advise you to book at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.
We advertise in a number of places BUT you will always get the lowest prices here on our own booking page. we personally handle these ourself so there are no 3rd party charges! A 25% deposit is all that is required, with the remainder payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. We will refund all monies, less a small administration fee, if you have to cancel, providing we manage to re-let the cottage. However, we strongly advise you to insure against cancellation.
Can I go fishing, do I need a permit?
There are numerous lochs in the area, and fishing for native Brown Trout is free from the bank on any loch – see our fishing page. If you are looking for more serious fishing in the Loch Ness area, then guides and permits can be obtained locally. Fishing is free to our self catering visitors from the abbey grounds.
What is the weather like in Scotland?
This is another of those Loch Ness questions that are not easy to answer briefly! Well here goes – it is very much the same as in England and just as unpredictable, more so even. I would say, as a rule of thumb, it is a couple of degrees colder, on average, because we are further north, but that doesn’t mean it is always colder. On the contrary, sometimes we are basking in sunshine when the rest of the UK is experiencing cold and rain!!
During the winter, the Lochside can be quite mild whilst only a couple of miles away it can be snowing. It mostly depends on elevation, and the higher you go, the colder it gets. That’s why the skiing is so good in the Highlands. We are open all year and we have never had any serious disruptions to our guests because of snow. One other major plus is the very long summer days, when it hardly gets dark at all!! Read more about the weather at Loch Ness
What about the midges?
This subject can be long and complex and there is no straightforward answer, but basically midges are not a major problem in the South Loch Ness area, not as in some of the wetter parts of Scotland. We do get them between June and September and the numbers vary from year to year. They are most active early mornings and during the evening after the sun goes down, possibly worst during damp summers. See detailed information on midges in Scotland.
If you have any Loch Ness questions or questions about the Highland Club please feel free to get in touch, we are always happy to help if we can.