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 toward 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.