Sunday, 25 September 2016

October 2016

As Winter approaches, it brings an exciting time and fantastic opportunities for fun, games, storytelling and even some whiskey tasting!

The Highland Club Autumn Children's Program is detailed below:-

Tues 11th Oct ARTS & CRAFTS 

Thurs 13th Oct TEAM GAMES
(including speed pool 10-1130am)

Tues 18th Oct ARTS & CRAFTS

Thurs 20th Oct TEAM GAMES
(including quiz 10-1130am)

(including mini treasure hunt 2- 4pm)


Activities to take place in the Club Lounge 
£5 Per child per session

Additionally, the Ghost Story Night, an increasingly popular event in the Club Lounge, gives both guests and staff the chance to tell a story, or sit back and enjoy others telling theirs. A fantastic evening for families and friends. Put Tuesday 25th October in your diary and come along at 7pm.

It doesn't stop there though as the Angel's Share, a Whiskey tasting night, is on Thursday 27th October at 7pm. Samples will be provided by the Whiskey Association. Please book in advance as we can only allow a maximum number of 12 guests, Tickets are available at a cost of £25 per head.

Our Christmas events, A Winter's Tale, The Angel's Share and Celtic Music and Dancing at Hogmanay, will be published in the next blog, alternatively, you can check our Facebook page, Highland Club Loch Ness, for further details. 

The Chapel Pool will be closed for essential maintenance from Wednesday 4th January 2017 until Sunday 5th February 2017 (inclusive). 

We understand the impact this may have on our guests' breaks and if you feel this would greatly affect your holiday then please contact us. Free no quibble cancellation is available for a limited period. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

September Blog

September brings with it some of the most beautiful and atmospheric Scottish scenery to be found in the Highlands with a heart-warming yet exciting array of wildlife finding its way through an enchanting range of walks.

As the tree leaves turn to yellow and red, and the sky often turns to a dark yet warming shade of grey, a picturesque scene can be made. Should you find yourself trekking the forest paths of Allt na Criche, near Fort Augustus, prepare yourself for some fantastic views over Loch Ness. This 2.5 Km walk is steep at first but soon levels off. The more adventurous might prefer to tackle the 7.75 Km long, circular Jenkins Park. This will take you through forestry plantations where views of Fort Augustus can be found. These are just 2 examples of the many, many walks and treks in the Scottish Highlands.

Whichever trek you opt for, watch for the elusive golden eagles stalking their prey, or the red deer stags competing for their doe as red squirrels forage in preparation for the winter.

Be sure to prepare for your walk, we want you to come back in one piece to enjoy your stay at the Abbey.

Take water and some food with you, maps are handy and keep your phone charged. Have a slow and steady pace, we tend to find the walks are more relaxing this way. 

Brother’s Wing 1, The Ness, is the featured property for this month on the website. The Ness, a basement level flat, offers a cost effective, yet spacious and luxurious apartment which sleeps up to 4 people and includes a shared terrace with table and chairs; the master bedroom is en-suite and the 2nd bathroom provides further comfort for guests who may be using the sofa bed in the living room.

The Brothers’ wing is contained within one of the remaining bastion walls, now partially demolished. There is a small conical structure within it which was a spiral stairway to lower levels. This is the only remaining one of these structures which are clearly shown in all four bastions in the war office plans of the time and the model on the introduction page.

Under the brothers’ wing were the kitchens which prepared food for the monks’ refectory for the school refectory also.

Until recent work was completed very little of this part of the Abbey remained standing, but under this area was one of the most interesting and important corridors of the old fort.

In order to get barrels from the ground floor down to the food cellars a sloping corridor ran the length of the fort from under the hospice, (Moat House) right down to below ground level under the old Brothers’ wing. Along this corridor were numerous food cellars including one where Simon Fraser Lord Lovat was held before being taken to London for public beheading in 1746.

It is in this corridor where ghosts have been seen, including one seen by the author of this article during the period when he worked as Bursar for the monastic community.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The summer weeks are proving to be an interesting and busy time for us up here at the Abbey, but that doesn't stop us making our Autumn and Winter plans to ensure our guests enjoy their stay. Our calendar of events includes:

Ghost Story Night 25th Ocotober (free of charge),
The Angel's Share Whiskey Tasting Night 27th October (tickets £25 per head max 12 guests), 
Celtic Christmas Story Telling Night (free of charge) 27th December
The Angel's Share Whiskey Tasting Night 28th December (tickets £25 per head max 12 guests), 
Hogmanay Celtic Music and Dancing 31st December (tickets available)

In the meantime, Boots and Paddles are still offering their fantastic outdoor experiences

Saturday 27th August sees the Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games at Drumnadrochit.
The Games include the traditional events performed by the heavyweight athletes – throwing weights and hammers and tossing the caber.

We would like to thank all staff for the massive effort they make to maintain our high standard of cleanliness in all apartments - our guests continue to provide positive feedback. Thanks also to our guests for your comments and feedback.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Easter Events at Loch Ness and The Highland Club

Congratulations to all the runners in the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 13th March. Next event is Etape cycle event on 24th April.

Before that we have Easter and here at the Highland Club a most serious sporting event for the young will take place on Easter Sunday, featuring our own amazing Easter Bunny who will lead the Easter Egg Hunt.  Not a game for the faint hearted, hunger drives so Bunny’s advice is to stay lean and mean for this hunting extravaganza.

A thirst for mystery and suspense might bring young and old alike to the Club lounge  later for another “Stranger than Fiction story telling night.  At our last one we heard much about the Fairy Population on the Isle of Skye. Where did the Fairy Flag at Dunvegan Castle really come from?  And would you dare to cross the Fairy Bridge on a horse?  They are said to be terrified by whatever haunts this wonderful old Bridge between two worlds (and across the river of course).

There are apartments available still for what should prove to be a wonderful holiday here at The Highland Club

However, if you can pack up all your cares and woe right now this week or next there is a fantastic offer in one of the most special places here at the Abbey.

The Chapter House is the original meeting place for the Monks and to enter the mezzanine Living area now you could well believer yourself just coming to spectate such an event, with its 10 seater Antique Dining Table  vaulted ceiling and wonderful space. A break right now of more than 4 days or more has a 33% discount. That ‘s full week for £423  for 5 nights for £513 for 7 nights. For 3 or 4 night breaks discount of the website price is 20%. 


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas 2015

Traditional Tales

This festive season at the Highland Club we will be having another traditional story telling evening in the club lounge between Christmas and New Year on the 29th December from 6-8 pm. This is open to anyone who has a story to tell or wishes just to listen to some traditional Celtic folk law and stories, we welcome guests input and anyone can join in, refreshments and nibbles will be provided. If you haven’t booked your apartment yet, you can book direct on our website at

Santa doing a fly by at the Highland Club

Hogmanay in the Highlands

Dance in the New Year at the Highland Club with traditional Celtic music courtesy of the Urban Natives. All Guests are encouraged to attend this free event and enjoy the fun family atmosphere. There will no doubt be a customary flurry of fireworks over the village to greet the New Year with a sparkle and bang!

Urban Natives

Winter Break

Taking a winter break at the Highland Club is a great way to relax and chill in cosy yet grand style, or go native, walking or skiing in the wintery wilderness. Take advantage of some quiet time away from the mad crowds and check out the amazing low season discounts on wide range of individual vacation apartment rentals. 

Winter on Loch Ness near the Highland Club

Traveling in the Highlands

If you are traveling to the Highland Club be sure to travel carefully and safely. If you’re driving it’s worth having a look at which gives up to date travel information including: weather warnings, diversions and road closures, and a range of live traffic cams on all main routes to check for snow drifts in advance!
Traveline (in association with Traffic Scotland) also have a very useful App which is available free on iTunes, Google play and Amazon Kindle App store. As well as giving you access to, Traveline also allows you to accurately plan your train, plane, ferry or bus journey from anywhere in the UK to (and from) the Highland Club with ease.