Fort Augustus Abbey

Dominating the southern shores of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, formerly a military Fort, has a long turbulent history that stretches back to the days of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the battle of Culloden, the last battle ever fought on British soil.

Fort Augustus was built in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, as part of a chain of military garrisons between Fort William and Inverness. It fell to the Highlanders in 1745 after only two days' siege, when an artillery shell blew up the gunpowder magazine of the fort. Victory was short-lived, as over 2000 Jacobites were massacred by Cumberland's army in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The battle was followed by years of suppression with further massacres and despoiling.

The Fort was sold to the Lovat family in 1867 and they passed the site onto the monks of the Benedictine order, who set out to create a place of peace and worship on the banks of Loch Ness. The building dates from the 1870's, with much of the architectural work carried out by the Pugin brothers. In 1919 The New Abbey School opened but sadly this disbanded after many successful years in 1993 and in 1998 it also closed as an Abbey and the monks dispersed.

The Grade A listed building including the Monastery, Old School, Moat House, Church, Brothers & Raven wings were converted into luxury apartments with all the warmth of modern living in 2005. The fabulous architectural features of the abbey have been retained, including the many ornate turrets and towers, the extensive cloisters, the chapel, the refectory, many stained glass windows, gargoyles, arched windows, beautiful tiled floors and stunning staircases.

The abbey is set in 20 acres of secluded grounds with its mature trees and rhododendrons at the south end of Loch Ness, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Scottish Highlands and with spectacular views up the entire length of the loch. The formal tree-lined avenue curves past the old schools' original cricket green as you approach Fort Augustus Abbey.

The Apartment... The Perfect Honeymoon or Romantic Break Destination

The Boys' Dormitory is a spacious, four-star, one bedroom apartment positioned on the vaulted top floor of the old monastery, with huge arched stone mullioned windows. The property has views in three directions with every window offering sensational views of the landscape. The monastery is undoubtedly the finest building at the Abbey and in the most prominent position, directly overlooking Loch Ness, the cloisters and gardens. The bright apartment is decorated in the most luxurious style, combining quality antique and modern furnishings, featuring Victorian pictures, floorboards and vintage lighting sourced from a local chapel and with wonderful attention to detail throughout. The most idyllic place, a far cry from when up to 40 junior boys shared what was one of the original boarding school dormitories, located between the Abbot's chapel and a lovely bell tower.

The bright and airy large living room and open plan kitchen offers the very finest level of comfort including two luxury designer sofas. The view from the stone mullioned living room window straight up the loch is truly spectacular: a perfect seat to while away the afternoon reading a good novel, or watching for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

The gorgeous master bedroom features a massive stone mullioned arched window overlooking the Cloister Gardens, the turrets and towers of the Abbey, and the mountains beyond. King-sized antique brass and iron bed, Victorian oak pew, luxurious bed linens, choice of feather or fibre pillows, to ensure total relaxation for the duration of your stay.

Living Area: 32" Flat screen TV • DVD player • library of books, DVD's, CD's and board games

Master Bedroom: King-size antique brass bed • lovely white bed linen

Bathroom: Full-size bath • separate power shower • white towels & dressing gowns • Arran Aromatics toiletries

Kitchen: Electric oven • gas hob • washer/dryer • granite worktops • fridge-freezer • dishwasher

 

Fort Augustus Abbey is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world
The Scottish Highlands

Please note that the swimming pool complex is currently closed, due to a fire which destroyed the steam room and sauna.  No other facilities are affected.

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