“We spend our autumn holiday in Amar’s apartment in the historic Benedictine Monastery at The Highland Club resort. Both the accommodation and Scotland were everything we had hoped for and more. The Scottish weather appeared from its most beautiful side with surprising amounts of sunshine, blue skies and flaming colors and the monastery’s location could not have been more beautiful located right on the shores of Loch Ness and central to the small town of Fort Augustus. The Highland Club has everything we wished for: breathtaking historical setting, high-ceilinged living room overlooking the monastery and mountains and plenty of facilities that the kids could use such as a playground, swimming pool, lounge and gym (although our girls were especially taken by the many wild rabbits on the property.) The communication with Amar has been super easy and we experienced excellent service from the local host Mike for instance supplies in the fridge when we arrived late the first night. This is a unique place to visit with lots of magnificent nature sceneries and experiences within an hour’s drive. The whole family has fallen in love with Scotland and is already talking about when we can return. We highly recommend a swap with Amar and his family.”
Where is it?
The Highland Club is situated in the picturesque village of Fort Augustus which lies south-west of Loch Ness near the Caledonian Canal. Like any good village, there are a full selection of local amenities, including pubs, shops and restaurants.
Whether you’re into water sports, boating or spotting Nessie herself, the world famous Loch Ness will not disappoint. At 23 miles long, it is one of the longest and deepest lochs in Scotland. The character of the loch is undoubtedly awe-inspiring and varied given its size; so the view from the shifting banks changes dramatically as you travel through. With Inverness at the top, and Drumnadrochit to the west, the loch is connected by the surrounding A28 main road, allowing you to visit all of the key spots along the way.
From Fort William you can take the West Highland Railway. The West Highland Rail Line was, in 2009, voted by readers of Wanderlust Magazine the best rail journey not just in Scotland, Britain or Europe, but the world.
It’s a route well-known to fans of Harry Potter, with the 122-year-old Glenfinnan Viaduct becoming a place of pilgrimage for those following in the footsteps of the boy wizard on the Hogwarts Express Jacobite steam train between Fort William and Mallaig every year.
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