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 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  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.

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:

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: and check out their blog for some fantastic photos. More guided tours walks and climbs are available at

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.

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

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:

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:  You can also check out our things to do page at 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 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

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Investment Opportunity at The Highland Club

Every once in a while  a unique opportunity comes up which cannot be missed but most of us miss it anyway, such is life.  No harm in dreaming though so have a look at one this most  prestigious apartment in the Monastery building of the Abbey.  I am afraid it cannot be rented at any price, it has been maintained exclusively for owners use, but now is for sale completely furnished and ready to use or let out. 
This really is the best possible time to buy if you can raise the funds, a buyers market with everything to gain as the property market begins to recover. MORE...