Explore the legendary Loch Ness aboard a modern cruiser and allow your captain to regale you with stories of its mysterious monster as you glide past romantic castles and learn about its history to the tunes of a traditional piper.
Situated in the small but thriving town of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness, The Lovat is great place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area. There is a surprising amount of space for a property with only 28 rooms, and public areas are large yet welcoming, with fireplaces, magazines and a DVD and games library. Guest rooms vary in layout, but many have attractive views towards the loch and the surrounding forested hillsides. The decor is traditional without being old-fashioned, with light walls, plain bed covers and flowery curtains. Dining here is excellent; guests can choose from the award-winning Station Road Restaurant, or a more informal experience in the Brasserie.
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There are a number of room sizes at The Lovat but we only recommend staying in the higher room categories due to space limitations. Decor is fairly simple and traditional but rooms are well-maintained and comfortable. Grand master rooms each have a small living area within a large bay window, overlooking the forest-covered hillsides which surround Loch Ness. All rooms feature flat screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi and either a bath or shower or both.
Fort Augustus sits at the southern end of Loch Ness, in the middle of the Great Glen ancient fault line which divides Scotland diagonally between Inverness and Fort William. The Lovat is just under an hour from each of these settlements. Fort Augustus itself is a small but thriving town with a number of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Food and drink
The hotel has two restaurants from which to choose. Station Road Restaurant offers award-winning dining, with a seasonal five-course taster menu featuring local Scottish produce. This is set within an attractive oak-paneled room with views towards the hills. The Brasserie has an à la carte menu but this is a more informal option, whose dishes again focuses on local Scottish ingredients.
This is a good-value, welcoming place to spend time while exploring around Loch Ness.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.