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The Abbey and Surrounding Area

Find out more information about the site of Highland Club Direct and our self-catering holiday cottages in Loch Ness.

Built in 1876, The Benedictine Abbey that’s now home to The Highland Club is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Augustus and one of the most stunning building around Loch Ness. The Abbey was built on the site of the original Hanoverian Fort named after William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. Whilst very little remains of the fort, the original foundations still form part of the buildings today.

For many years, Benedictine Monks run the Abbey as a school, but closed some years ago due to financial pressures. There have been multiple sightings of the Loch Ness monster by the Monks over the years whilst they stayed here.

When they finally closed the Abbey as a place of worship, the buildings were converted into a luxury development of self-catered holiday cottages, known as The Highland Club. Superbly located to sample everything the Scottish Highlands have to offer, The Highland Club is just 30 minutes from Inverness and Inverness Airport, making it convenient to fly over for a rejuvenating weekend break.

Self-catered holidays on the shores of Loch Ness
Whether you’re looking to have a family holiday in Loch Ness, or you want a romantic weekend break for two, we’re in the perfect location to offer something for everyone. Whether you want to soak in the area’s history, go on an adventure, or stay warm and dry, there are plenty of activities for everyone.

The Highland Club is set in more than 20 acres of beautiful, mature gardens on the shores of Loch Ness, making it one of the premier holiday resorts in the Scottish Highlands. You’re sure to enjoy our sympathetically converted self-catered holiday cottages and holiday rental apartments.

When you stay at The Highland Club, you’ll have access to our extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities, including:

For more information about The Highland Club and what we have to offer you, call +44 (0)800 731 6651 today.


The map below locates a comprehensive selection of activities within range of The Highland Club. Please click an icon to learn more. The activities are colour coded in groups see the legend key below the map.

Key to Activities:

  • Things To Do
    For Free

  • Museums &

  • Family
    Days Out

  • Outdoor