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The Highland Club

(124 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Apartments 4.7
  • Value 4.4
  • Friendliness 4.7
  • Cleanliness 4.8
  • Amenities 4.6
  • Service 4.6
  • Location 4.8
  • Breakfast 4.7

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The Highland Club Information


The Highland Club is a collection of 4 and 5 star self catered apartments (serviced daily) set in 20 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on the south shore of Loch Ness, also cradled by the Caledonian Canal and the River Tarff. It occupies Grade A listed gothic buildings, originally the 1729 English fortification which became St Benedict’s Abbey. Located in the centre of The Highlands, Fort Augustus Abbey provides comfortable, private apartments as a relaxing base from which to explore Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Clava Cairns, Skye, Ben Nevis and whisky distilleries. The Highland Club is unique, steeped as it is in centuries of Scottish history, and a special, relaxing place to stay – either on a self-catered holiday or as an owner of one of the luxury residences. Amenities exclusively for use by those who are staying with us include an indoor pool, steam and sauna, the club lounge and snooker room. Within the grounds there is a tennis court and many other facilities including outdoor chess in the Cloister Garden, table tennis, badminton, croquet, boules, 5-a-side football and a cricket pitch with nets. The Boathouse Restaurant with its exclusive Loch side view is available both to guests and the local community alike. Explore the grounds, walk along the shores of Loch Ness, stroll along the Caledonian Canal watching boats go by. From here the opportunities are limitless – from the more typical activities of walking, cycling, golf, sailing, fishing, shooting, archery, wow balling, ski-ing (in winter) and bird watching to the more unusual such as dog sledding and Munro Bagging. Why Book Direct? Exclusive benefits: Guaranteed Best Rate Late check out until 11am (instead of 10am) subject to availability A welcome hamper with a bowl of fresh fruit, hot drinks, gourmet snacks, sparkling water, milk and cereal for breakfast. Children's gift bag (for under 12's)

In 2003 The Santon Group, a respected developer of listed buildings, purchased the dilapidated Grade A listed buildings and grounds of St Benedict's Abbey. A £30 million conversion of the site into The Highland Club was embarked upon and finally completed in 2012. The Santon Group is dedicated to preserving the special character and many beautiful features of the Abbey, its cloisters and the great towers that make it such a landmark. However, inside a programme of total renovation and discreet building has transformed the original spartan accommodation into 97 distinctive one, two and three bedroom apartments. In addition, there are 12 charming cottages in the grounds. Today the austerity of monastic life has given way to the warmth of modern leisure living. The Highland Club is managed by a team of helpful on site staff who are overseen by the ever friendly Highland Club Manager, Mark Dallas.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed above 60°C/140°F
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Masks for guests
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature checks (staff)


  • Baggage store
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Bike lock-up
  • WiFi internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Cleaning service
  • Plug adapters
  • Fitness or sports facility
  • Indoor pool
  • Garden
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Safe deposit box
  • Game room
  • Heated pool
  • Kitchen/kitchenette
  • CCTV outside property
  • Tennis equipment


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's books, videos, games
  • Highchairs
  • Children's play area

Business Facilities

  • Printing

Activities and Experiences

  • Archery
  • Billiards / pool / snooker
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court - outdoor
  • Walking
  • Water activities
  • Card, board, video games
  • Croquet
  • Family fun
  • Mountain sports
  • Wild life


  • Check in
    4:00 PM 8:00 PM
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    10:00 AM
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Infants and children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from Inverness (34.0 miles)
    If you are driving from Inverness, the fastest route to The Highland Club is by following the signs for Fort William (the A82). A more scenic route is the B862 via Foyers or the B851 from the A9.
  • Road from Edinburgh (180.0 miles)
    If you are driving from Edinburgh, the quickest route is to follow the road signs to Stirling or Perth; travel north on the A9 and then turn left at Dalwhinnie on the A889 and then left into the A86 in the Fort William direction. Turn right at Spean Bridge to join the A82 towards Inverness.
  • Road from Glasgow (170.0 miles)
    If you are driving from the South West, follow the A82 towards Fort William and then continue until you reach Fort Augustus.
  • Train from London (600.0 miles)
    You can travel from London Euston Station to Fort William/Inverness via the Caledonian Sleeper from £85. From both you can hire a car with Sixt rent a car or EasyDrive Scotland. Inverness also has Avis, Rhino Car Hire, and Enterprise rent-a-car. Fort Williams also offers Practical Car Hire, which can be delivered to the train station. For more information, please visit: Caledonian Sleeper: https://www.sleeper.scot/ Scotrail: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
  • Air from Inverness Airport (43.0 miles)
    The closest airport to The Highland Club is Inverness airport. There are direct flights to Inverness airport from Amsterdam Schiphol, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Gatwick, Kirkwall, Luton, Manchester, Orkney, and Stornoway. Airlines that fly in are British Airways, Flybe, and Easyjet. At Inverness Airport, you can rent a car or you can catch a bus (11 or 5A) into the centre of Inverness and then catch a local bus (513) towards Fort Williams, alighting at Fort Augustus.

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