Open through the day is the picturesque Boathouse Restaurant. Converted from the Abbey’s former boating house it sits on stilts over the waters of Loch Ness with unparalleled views across the loch. It is the only lochside restaurant in Fort Augustus and whether you simply want a cup of tea, a quick snack or more leisurely meal this stunning location is ideal….and reasonably priced as well! The independently run restaurant serves a variety of freshly prepared highland classics as well as Mediterranean specialities.
The lounge and snooker room can be found at the end of the north cloister in the beautifully restored, timber panelled, former monks refectory. It is the perfect place to relax or meet fellow guests. There is a full size snooker table, a childrens’ pool table, table football, a games cupboard and comfortable sofas and chairs (many covered in the unique Highland Club tartan). The lounge benefits from free WiFi access so that guests can go online and plan their adventures for the next day. At one end of the lounge are three long Gothic windows, filled with stained glass under which would have been the Abbot’s table and at the other end is a pulpit jutting out from the wainscot where a chapter from the Holy Scriptures would be read during the monks meal.
The enormous Abbey Church, was originally designed by Pugin the Younger but only a portion of the building was completed according to his plan before the work was discontinued in 1893 due to lack of funds. The central chapel which sits below the timber hammer head beams is one such part and has been restored into what is now referred to as The Church Atrium. Heated with under floor heating it is potentially an ideal location for exhibitions, events, concerts and weddings. It currently houses both the large model of The Highland Club development and the smaller historic model of the site when it was Marshall Wade’s fort in 1729.
Located in the Pugin designed Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is the 10 metre heated ‘Chapel Pool’, a steam room and sauna. Pugin’s sandstone walls are set off by a Brazilian green slate floor and large ornate windows affording stunning views across the Great Glen. The complex is serviced by a small changing room, shower and storage lockers. The gym is located on the floor below with weights, running, rowing and cycling equipment.
For those who wish to enjoy the grounds and setting further there is a huge host of additional on-site amenities which include the following. If your interest lies in purchasing a property at The Highland Club, this will include fishing, mooring and pontoon rights.
There are a huge range of activities to enjoy, from the typical Highland pursuits, such as golfing, fishing and walking to the more unusual such as Munro bagging, dog sledding and kite buggying.