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The Best View Of Loch Ness

Bedrooms 1
Separate WCs1
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Indoor Pool
  • Parking


About the property

1-Bedroom Luxury Apartment in Fort Augustus, Scottish Highlands - With Access To All The Abbey's Facilities

This exceptional split-level apartment in the Monastery Tower is truly unique. Beautiful original stone windows offer breathtaking views over Loch Ness. It has a stunning and private location on the top floor of St Benedict’s Abbey, a Victorian monastery that has been converted into luxury apartments. Stylishly decorated throughout, this property makes a wonderful romantic getaway.

Alternatively, it could be used for a party of four utilising the large sofa bed in the main living area.

The property is situated at the top of the grand stone staircase from the historic cloisters walkway. If you look at pictures of the Abbey, in many of them you will see a tall, square tower that stands above the rest of the building – this is where the Monastery Tower apartment is located.

In many of the apartments, and from the Abbey grounds itself, you will get some wonderful views of Loch Ness but the Monastery Tower offers truly unrestricted views over the trees and right across the water.

All of the rooms in the apartment are special but the highlight is probably the open plan living / kitchen area. A series of stunning arch windows work their way around this unique room bringing in much light and providing panoramic views of the loch and mountains.

Entertainment options include a flat screen TV with Freesat, Netflix (provided free to our guests), and bluetooth speakers for your phones and tablets. The fully fitted and well-equipped kitchen area features lovely granite work surfaces and the dining area has an oak dining table and four chairs.

Upstairs, the bedroom features a very comfortable king size bed, with windows overlooking the cloisters and a flat screen TV with an integrated DVD player for those lazy days.

Located next to the bedroom, the bathroom with its original quatrefoil windows and lovely views has a powerful built-in shower over the bath. There is also a second toilet located on the lower floor.

This welcoming apartment provides modern comforts and convenience whilst retaining many of its striking original features.

More Details

About Us

Nick Tulloch
Red Squirrel Holidays
7 Rosemount Place
PH2 7EH Perth
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Nick and Sarah
Member since: 2011
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Nick and Sarah

Sarah and I moved to Scotland in 2010 after some 15 years in London. At first I continued to commute down south for a few days each week and Sarah worked in Dundee. We now have a young family, I work in Edinburgh and we are both loving the lifestyle up here.

My family are originally from Scotland and we wanted somewhere more relaxing to live and with access to the countryside. It has been a great move for us and we are really well settled in now.

Nick and Sarah purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Nick and Sarah chose Fort Augustus

We bought the Monastery Tower in 2007 for a holiday apartment for ourselves whilst we were living in London. Very quickly the area became very special to us. We got married in Urquhart Castle and had our wedding reception in Fort Augustus.

Loch Ness is probably the most talked about strip of water in the world. "Nessie" may get most of the coverage the loch itself is truly beautiful and, whatever the weather, it is so peaceful looking across it at the hills and mountains.

But it's not all about the loch. The surrounding area is just as charming. There are so many interesting walks, many from the town itself and the sights are amazing.

What makes this apartment unique

St Benedict's Abbey was redeveloped as luxury holiday apartments a few years ago and named the Highland Club. The grounds are lovely, the architecture is stunning and its location is fantastic.

There are a number of facilities in the Abbey itself that guests can enjoy such as snooker (full size table), swimming, croquet, tennis and table tennis. Walking around the grounds is a real pleasure. There is a children's climbing frame.

All of the apartments in the Highland Club offer something special and they are all so different that there is probably no such thing as the "best" apartment. However, we bought the Monastery Tower as we wanted 360 degree views of the area and, in particular, an unrestricted view of Loch Ness. If it is views that you want, then you really won't find a better choice at the Abbey.

December 2017 UPDATE - the swimming pool renovations are complete and the pool in the Highlands Club is now open.

January 2018 UPDATE - The sauna and steam room renovations are complete and are now open.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just back from our 3 night stay at the Monastery Tower. Accommodation was first class, very unique with amazing views over the Loch. Highland club facilities were second to none. Excellent location for the surrounding areas. Would highly recommend it! - September 2013

Just back from 4 fantastic days in the Monastery tower. Couldn't have been better - wonderful views through every window, lovely apartment, really comfortable and excellently furnished. The whole complex was excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves. - September 2013

We stayed for 5 nights at the top of the Monastery tower. The views over Loch Ness were fantastic, well worth the climb. The amenities both within the apartment (fully equipped kitchen, towels and bedding, television and DVD) and the complex (swimming pool, snooker, table tennis, free Wi-Fi...) were top notch. Fort Augustus itself is a great base for visiting the region. - July 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fort Augustus in Highland

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • mountain
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Cloakroom - Toilet
  • Located next to the bedroom, the bathroom with its original quatrefoil windows and lovely views has a powerful built-in shower over the bath. There is also a second toilet located on the lower floor.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom and sofa bed in living room) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs, the bedroom features a very comfortable wrought iron king size bed, with windows overlooking the cloisters and a flat screen TV with Freeview and an integrated DVD player. There is plentiful storage with a built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The Abbey lawns are well maintained and, according to the season, there are a number of sporting activities that you can enjoy right on the doorstep (and at no extra cost). And if you just want to watch, Fort William's cricket team play on the pitch within the Abbey grounds. There is also outdoor seating and a barbecue area. There are numerous parking spaces around the building. There is a restaurant in the grounds in the old boathouse. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cotton bed linen and towels and feather duvets and pillows are provided as standard (but hollow fibre duvets and pillows can be provided at your request). Other: Entertainment options include a flat screen TV with Freesat, Netflix, DVD player and bluetooth speakers.


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The Best View Of Loch Ness
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This place is incredible!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed with everything about this place! We loved that the renovations kept so much of the original character but also provided us with modern amenities. The pool, steam room and sauna were a nice addition, and everything was very clean. The location is wonderful, and you’re within walking distances to anything you could need. We will be coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning.... just stunning!!

  • 5 of 5

It was our first ever visit to Scotland.. celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. The Abbey was just the perfect location, central for travelling around the highlands, the apartment was spotless, well presented, the lovely man who showed us round couldn't have been more helpful. We didn't get an opportunity to use the other facilities on site, there was just too much to see. It was just perfect.. what more can we say. We will certainly be back.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful apartment, amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our stay at this apartment! Beautiful and perfect location on Lochness, and great homebase for day trios around the highlands. The apartment was perfect for my husband, I, and pur 2.5 year old, and had everything we needed for our 5 night stay. The views from the unit looking over Lochness were amazing!!! Easy check in and check out, and the welcome cookies were a nice touch. We would definitley stay here again, and highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved our stay!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this apt., wonderful views of the lake! Kitchen was topnotch, although we had difficulty with the dryer cycle (glad to find drying rack). Wish we the pool had been operational. We highly recommend this property!!! Thank you for sharing your property.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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Lovely place to stay in Ft. Augustus

  • 5 of 5

The Monastery Tower at The Highland Club was a great place to stay, stairs and all. The unit was comfortable and well-equipped, and check-in was well organized and friendly. The grounds of the Highland CLub are serene and beautiful, and just a short walk into town. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome, they have everything you want or need. It is tastefully refurbished, honoring the original monastery, beautiful well maintained grounds, plenty of fun communal areas.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle
Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
The Boathouse, the Bothy and the Lock Inn
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Fort Augustus
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Spean Bridge
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Boat House
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Glen Coe
Car: recommended


The Abbey is literally on the shore of Loch Ness, probably the most famous strip of water in the world. If Nessie decides to make an appearance, you won't get a better view than from the Monastery Tower.

If you want to get to the sea shore, then the Moray Firth in Inverness (40 minute drive) is a beautiful place to visit - watch out for dolphins! The drive west towards Skye is longer but, with mountains and lochs at almost every turn, you won't be disappointed.


The nearest train station is at Spean Bridge (20 minute drive) but there is more service to Inverness and Fort William (both a 40 minute drive). The nearest airport is Inverness where there is a regular service to London and other UK cities.

We would recommend bringing a car as there is so much to see that is beyond the reach of public transport. Inverness and the other major Scottish cities have plenty of car hire options - contact us for details.


The centre of Fort Augustus is an easy (and beautiful) 5 minute walk away and there are plenty of choices there for eating out, including two excellent pubs. The Boathouse restaurant in the grounds of the Abbey is also recommended. The nearest major supermarkets are in Fort William and Inverness - stock up on your way here but the smaller supermarkets in Fort Augustus will cater for most things.

Further Details:

The Scottish Highlands are one of the world's most dramatic and beautiful locations and St Benedict's Abbey is itself one of the rein's highlights.

The monastery is built on the site of the original "Fort" Augustus and the old stone walls are still visible. The building dates back to the nineteenth century and has the intricate architecture and stonework you would expect of an ecclesiastical. Staying in the Monastery Tower is more than just having a stunning holiday apartment. You also have full access to the Abbey's grounds and facilities, including a swimming pool, sauna, gym and tennis court. Relax in the Highland Club lounge with its full-size snooker table and library of books or play croquet on the shores of Loch Ness - there is something for everyone.

There is also free wifi in the Highland Club lounge.

Fort Augustus itself is a charming town, split in half by the Caledonian Canal and a series of locks which are opened throughout the day as boats pass through.

As for Loch Ness itself, so much is written about it that it is hard to add much more. However, it is a beautiful loch, stretching over 30 miles and banked on both sides by steep mountains. What really strikes us is how much it changes during the day. You'll need to see the colours for yourself but, whether it is calm or rough, the view is spectacular. Settle down at a dining room table in the apartment and keep an eye out for the monster!

The surrounding area will appeal to walkers, cyclists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact us and we will send you a booking form. We accept payment by credit card (via PayPal), bank transfer, cheque or Barclays Pingit. A deposit of 20% of the rental is payable on booking. The balance of the rental is payable six weeks prior to arrival. For bookings made less than six weeks in advance, the total amount is payable on the booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is typically Saturday but we always try to be flexible. Please just let us know your preferred dates and we will do whatever we can to accommodate you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.