Sunday, 3 May 2015

Visit from the Easter Bunny


I'm late, I'm late....


Easter was bustling at the Highland Club and we had a full house which brought the place to life. Especially exciting for the children on holiday was having an Easter quiz and Egg hunt around the gardens with the giant Easter Bunny who happened to hop out of one of the many rabbit holes and pay us a visit, I half expected to see Alice running after him too.

The local Church Choir came in to sing Easter hymns and songs in the Atrium which brought together guests, owners and locals alike to enjoy the spectacular acoustics that reverberates around the old church, a very enjoyable evening. 

If you were to late and missed out on an Easter vacation have a look at our range of properties and book your bunny hunt vacation for 2016 here!




Sail Loch Ness on Google Earth Street View

If you’ve never been and ever wondered what Fort Augustus Abbey or Loch Ness looks like you should 1) Book a vacation apartment at the Highland Club, or 2) Sail round Loch Ness with the help of Google Earth street view and local boat skipper Marcus of Cruise Loch Ness.

The new virtual boat tour of the most famous lake in the world takes you from Fort Augustus all the way to Loch End, taking in the landmarks and scenery including some beautiful shots of the Abbey from the water. Being out on the water gives you a fantastic perspective of the area topography, with views down the Great Glen in all directions. Other sights en-route include, Urquhart Castle, Boleskine House, the Caledonian Canal to name a few.

Google first brought their infamous cameras to Loch Ness last year although Marcus tells me the first Google team apparently went around the Loch with their camera lens on the wrong way round and they recorded no footage at all, thankfully the second team were a bit more switched on and you can see the results here…



Scottish Motor Bike Trials

Scottish 6 day trials start Sunday, 3 May 2015 at West End Car Park, Achintore Road, Fort William, Highland, UK. http://www.sacu.co.uk/trials/calendar/

This event has been running since 1909 and attracts competitors from all over the world to tackle the difficult course and terrain on their off road trials bikes. It makes for exciting viewing not just because of the crazy and difficult course these guys/girls ride but also because of the spectacular backdrop of stunning mountain scenery, an exciting event well worth checking out even for non-motor bikers.



This Month also sees the first round of the Annual Scottish Bike Trials Championship begin on May 24th at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Fort William, Kinlochleavan on the west coast of Scotland, then at Fort William for two days 6th-7th June, and round 3 at Killin on 27th June. 

These events welcome spectators so make a date in your calendar and book your apartment at the Highland Club in advance!



Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring into Action....

Daffodils at Inverness Castle


 Spring is in the air and the daffodils snowdrops are pushing through around the village and there are lambs in the fields. It wasn’t a bad winter really, a little temperamental when we get snow rain hail wind sun and warmth - all four seasons in one day - but I soon forget the bad weather once the sun shines. The rapidly changing weather and light makes for some very dramatic scenery and photographic backdrops so take advantage of the amazingly moody atmospheric landscape.  

Grab your walking boots and camera and escape to the Highland Club where we offer the most unique range of apartments from which to explore the Highlands from.

 Frosty morning over Borlum Bay, Loch Ness


Ben Nevis, Loch Linnie and the Fort William to Kyle line
   
On your Bike  
It’s time to dust off the winter cobwebs and get on your bike and raise some funds for charity, Visit http://www.etapelochness.com/ to find out how to enter the 2015 Loch Ness Charity Cycling event on Sunday 26 April which takes you along a 66-mile / 106-km route right around Loch Ness in a timed cycle challenge. Starting and ending beside the River Ness in Inverness and passing through Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus, Foyers and Dores. Not for the faint hearted and some training is required to compete, get some tips from their website http://www.etapelochness.com/training-zone/preparation-tips/.  Spectators are welcomed and expected to gather en-route to show support for this great event for a great cause.
  Cycling round Loch Ness

Easter Songs at the Abbey

Easter is just around the corner and we are expecting a lot of guests to spend their break here at the former Abbey, there’s no shortage of bunnies at the Highland Club, there may also be an egg hunt or two around the village. The Local Church of Scotland Choir will be singing on Easter Sunday right here in the beautiful Atrium, any guests wishing to join in are more than welcome. For other services please take a look at the links below.
 http://www.scotlandschurchestrust.org.uk/church/fort-augustus-parish-church
 http://freechurch.org/im-new/find-a-church/inverness-lochaber-and-ross/fort-augustus
 http://www.dioceseofaberdeen.org/?page_id=200

Sunday, 8 February 2015




Romantic Hideaway at the Highland Club

If you are looking to escape with your lover for the ultimate romantic break look no further than the Highland Club, we still have a small selection of cosy intimate luxury holiday apartments left for rental. Please check out our property portfolio today at: http://www.highlandclubscotland.co.uk/



The chilly season has brought us some snow here at the Old Abbey in Fort Augustus and for a change the Village has been blanketed long enough for us to enjoy it. So often we see the snow on the hilltops but rarely does it settle for long lower down so it was nice to see Guests and Staff (er in their own time Boss) around the Abbey amusing themselves sculpting a snow nessie, and even doing a little sledging.



Fort William Mountain Festival 18th-22nd February 2015

A great opportunity for those of you who yearn for something more exciting than building snowmen is a series of 1 Day Winter Skills and 1 Day Guided Walks to the Summit of Ben Nevis for anyone who would benefit from the skill of a highly trained qualified mountaineer to guide them. The dates are as follows:  7th February , 21st February, 7th March , 21st March 2015. Organizers state that Aonach Mor may be used for the skills day due to the advantage of the ski lift to higher altitude, more details available here: http://www.applemountaineering.co.uk/booking-course-info/all-courses-dates and check out their blog for some fantastic photos. More guided tours walks and climbs are available at http://www.thehmcompany.co.uk/

Fort Willam, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, have become the outdoor capital of the UK and the area attracts visitors from all over the world to engage in pastimes such as mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. It’s not just for hard core adrenaline junkies though, there are more sedate ways to enjoy the area and marvel at this breath-taking landscape, with plenty of walks through the glens, which are not so strenuous.


Inverness Fiddler's Rally - Saturday 21st February 2015 
The Fiddlers Rally provides both a visual and a musical spectacle with the tartan-clad performers giving it their all in this musical highlight. https://www.eden-court.co.uk/whats-on/shows/inverness-fiddler-s-rally


Inverness Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run
 Promising fun, fresh air and fitness in Inverness! On: 08/03/2015Entry is now open for the 2015 Inverness 1/2 Marathon and 5K Fun Run, until midnight on 17 February. Go here to enter http://www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk/





Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas and Hogmanay at The Highland Club Loch Ness

Today is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year leading us into the Festive season and through the dark winter nights into the spring, hurray! We are getting excited, the decorations and trees are all up and the Highland Club is looking cosy and sparkling with Christmas bling and will soon be filled with children and families here to enjoy the festive season. The Abbey lends its self perfectly to this seasonal celebration and is the perfect place to stay and indulge yourselves over Christmas and new year.




Cheese and Wine

This Christmas we are having a small gathering in the Club lounge from about 4pm for guests staying here at the Highland Club Self Catering Apartments  with cheese and wine selection available, if staff and management don't eat it all first.

 New Year Bash

I’m confident this New Year is going to be the best so far at the Highland Club! We are having a Ceilidh in the Atrium from 9 pm to 12 pm on Hogmanay with The Urban Natives who will play some seriously foot tapping Scottish /Irish folk music to get us in the party mood. The atrium is a lovely open space which offers the perfect place for a party or reception, overlooked by the angels from above. You can view some of the Abbey Church apartments here: http://www.highlandclubscotland.co.uk/abbey-church



Burn it off!

We should remind you that the Gym is available for any guests here that need to burn off those extra Christmas pies and drams:  http://www.highlandclubscotland.co.uk/highland-club-facilities  You can also check out our things to do page at http://www.highlandclubscotland.co.uk/Around-Loch-Ness/Things-to-do.php for ways of burning the excess off. For those of you who aren’t feeling so energetic there is an endless choice of woodland walks and country strolls that you might enjoy. 


Better book soon

For those of you who missed the opportunity this year to escape to the Highland Club this winter solstice you might consider browsing our web site and holiday apartment portfolio at http://www.highlandclubscotland.co.uk/ for 2015. We offer a range of immaculate self catering holiday rentals in a truly unique setting, short breaks as well as long stay holidays are also available! I recommend you check out availability as soon as possible as indications are that 2015 will be a busy year!




Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Homecoming Scotland at The Highland Club

What is Homecoming Scotland all about? Seems to me the clans are dispersed and this is the year for coming together again and having some fun. There are clan gatherings and Highland Games all over Scotland including Invergarry and Inverness right on our doorstep.


 You can also arrange your own mini highland Games here in The Abbey Grounds as a recent group Highland lassies did recently to add a competitive element  to their Hen Party.  Plenty of muscle bound men spectating, seemed to be a bit of role reversal there!
This and other sporting activities at the Abbey can be arranged by Monster Activities or Boots,n Paddles


You must be resident in the Abbey during this of course so you need a group self catering booking here. Some of our larger apartments may be suitable, for example the Chapter house will seat 10 for dinner in the  main dining and another 4 at the sitting room table

Now if you recognise the Tartan here or in any apartment on our website
just let us know and we will make sure your homecoming is very special, with Champagne to celebrate

Highland Games is not all about power sports like Tossing the Caber, there is music and dancing in a wonderfully traditional Scottish Style


And of course the Champions still undefeated......


For more things to do while you are here visit our website

Special offers for March 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Loch Ness Self Catering Scam Alert

A number of Holiday makers at Loch Ness last week paid for and expected to find luxury Lodges with views of Loch Ness.   Instead they found no such address and the "proprietor" was nowhere to be seen.

How can holiday makers avoid this and feel their booking is safe?  Not easily but here are some things that can help


  •    Photographs copied from another site will be poor quality. Bona fide agents will try to have high quality pictures
  • Look for independent references to the holiday accommodation being offered. Are they being featured by local tourism organisations?
  • Look for reviews, trip advisor etc.
  • Check the post code on the Royal Mail Site
  • Google Maps should show the holiday location, if not please do the other checks above
  • Last, but by no means least, choose somewhere recommended
For a relaxing break in March you will have plenty to choose from, being a quiet period for Holiday letting even at the wonderful shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, but look no further than this link for a choice of 38 apartments of varying sizes and budgets, all with access to superb facilities including swimming pool.

Bringing a pet? That is OK but you must book one of the 5 Courtyard Cottages which are Pet friendly  Also there are rules for pets including keeping them on lead in the abbey Grounds



Prices are all very low in March, but even so there are further reductions, check out our special offer page.
 Owners Incentives

Monday, 27 January 2014

Man vs Horse - A fair contest?

Man vs Horse race details

Runners  and helpers are  needed for this challenging event around Loch Ness and Highland Club Scotland will gladly sponser a runner or horse and rider for the stated charity (50% to South Loch Ness Access Group, and 50% to Alzheimers Scotland) if the volunteer  comes forward through this blog. So spread the word- do you know someone who can get there before the horse without sitting on top of him?  The horses think the man should have to carry a horse on his back to be fair,  but I am confident that is not going to be a requirement!


Sadly the Stables are no longer here in Fort Augustus Abbey,  so we cannot offer any resting place for these poor horses after their struggle against man.
We do have equally interesting parts of the Fort still existing in various parts of the Abbey
The Major's apartment encompasses the Majors Quarters and the Gunpowder store and I love this passage through to the Master Bedroom ,which is steeped in History.
This is a wonderful spacious 3 Bedroom apartment  recently made available for holiday letting at The Highland Club Loch Ness, and offer luxury accommodation in a historic setting, together with all the facilities the Highland club has to offer