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The Lovat, Loch Ness

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Loch Ness, Fort Augustus PH32 4DU Scotland See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast Buffet
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room Service
4 Star accommodation
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Reviewed 4 days agovia mobile
Excellent stay at this hotel,rooms was great,food to die for,I would highly recommended.A great we place to enjoy a,break in the highlands.whether it be a trip on Loch Ness or ancient castles there is somting for every
Thank mack13Wick
Reviewed 6 days ago
We stayed at the Lovat during a trip to the UK, including Ireland, Wales and England. It was the best property we stayed in during our entire visit. The rooms have been renovated and are very comfortable. The little touches such as the chocolate stirring spoons and quality coffee in the rooms add a nice touch. The building itself is a beautiful piece of Scottish history. However, The highlight of our stay was the food. Our evening meal and breakfast were quite simply exceptional. When leaving we were presented with a brown paper bag containing chocolate chip cookies for our travels ahead. We have been telling everybody about The Lovat and will definitely stay again if we ever make it back to Scotland.
Thank Roam374966
Inverness, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week agovia mobile
Recently stayed for 2 nights. Love visiting this hotel! - fantastic staff, always cosy and personally, one of my favourite dining places in the Highlands.

Well priced menu considering the time and efforts to create such dishes. Great choice of wines and breakfast was lovely.

Stayed in a few different rooms and all have been to a high standard.

Altnacriche walk (couple of miles north of F/A) was enjoyable and a leisurely hour or so.

Can't wait to return :-)
Thank InvernessLoo
Helen Preshous
Reviewed 1 week ago
We had a 5 night stay at The Lovat with our Golden Retriever in one of the Garden Rooms. It was ‘pawfect’. There were dog bowls, treats & towels left for her in the room on our arrival. The Garden Room had a secure area which was invaluable. Our dog was made welcome in the brasserie where we had breakfast & evening meal. This review is largely based on us travelling with our dog as she is an integral part of our falimy & many holiday establishments do not cater for this. The Lovat is by far THE BEST we have ever experienced. Oh & the cleanliness, friendliness of the staff, superb quality of the food were all 5 star plus!
Thank Helen Preshous
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks agovia mobile
A beer commercial once used the phrase “Reassuringly expensive”, and if you enjoy paying over the odds, especially for food and drink this is the place for you.

First impressions were very good. We stayed in the garden room, and the room was lovely, beautifully decorated. Lots of extras including coffee pods, and robes, with a gravel area to let our dog out during the night. Beds were super comfy, and there was even a neatly installed TV at the bottom of the bed. I was really, after a 7 hour drive looking forward to a decent meal.

And the meal was very good, beautifully cooked and presented. But there just wasn’t very much of it. The Emperors New clothes they call Nouvelle cuisine had struck! And this, 2 slices of venison was costing me £22. A beer was £5:80. £5:80. Now while I haven’t quite got to the point of carrying pound coins around in a plastic purse, this struck me as bad value. I’ve travelled a lot, this year through Germany and Italy, and I appreciate you have to pay for quality, but this is the only time in any restaurant or hotel where I have ordered the cheese course to fill me up. The meal for two cost over £90 - and I was still hungry.

Most of our trip was based around long walks, 10-15 miles a day, so we wanted decent good sized meals. Not portions that wouldn’t fill up a less than hungry mouse.

Basically this was the last time I set foot in the main building of the hotel except to pay the final bill. At the end of our first evening meal we were offered breakfast at £17 a pop. Politely I declined.

Our elderly beagle incidentally was only allowed in the bar/brassiere area, outside of the room, which ruled out any visions we may have had of relaxing in the (empty) lounge in front of the fire. It seemed a bit of a shame to be walking past this empty room every night when really all 3 of us just wanted to do was sit down and read/ snooze. The hotel incidentally insists that dogs are crated if left alone in the room. I appreciate not all dogs are well behaved, but it’s the only hotel I’ve stayed at where they have been so picky. For a cheap hotel I can understand, but I may have mentioned somewhere in passing this place is a tad expensive.

Luckily the hotel is attached to Fort Augustus which had more than enough to cater for our needs. Breakfast with dog was easily obtained at the Richmond Hall Hotel with a bacon butty (roll) at £2:50. A rib filling Scottish breakfast was £10. Likewise normal meals were available at The Bothy and the Lock Inn (the old Post Office when I was last in Fort Augustus).

We stayed 4 nights here, and we felt no connection with the Hotel. The last time we stayed in the Highlands we were happy to spend most of our evenings in the hotel after some hard dog walking in a cosy environment. By the wind night my wife was unhappy that there seemed to be a lot of grit on the room floor when we came back in from our walks (wellies were left outside) and felt it hadn’t been swept/ vacuumed. This is also the only hotel where I’ve ever stayed at where the room service didn’t fold the towels. It’s hardly deal breaking, and not exactly a hardship but at £130 a night? If Premier Inn can do it why can’t they here?

One thing that is worth praising is the commitment to the environment shown by the hotel. There is much emphasis on recycling and re-use of materials which I found impressive.

The front of house staff also were very good, although sadly we didn’t see much of them for reasons I have explained above.

Incidentally if there was a category between average and very good this hotel would have it. 3 stars seems a bit harsh, and it isn’t by any means a bad hotel. Certainly a lot better than average. But it is eye wateringly expensive, a hotel equivalent of Fernando Torres at Chelsea or Paul Pogba at Man U if you will.

If I won the lottery I might come back here - but only if I could have two main courses and my dog could have a seat by the fire.
Thank NeilHayz
A Victorian property that delicately balances tradition & contemporary. The dedicated team has a drive & passion to deliver an outstanding visitor experience. Less
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Room Service
Free Parking
Banquet Room
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wheelchair Access
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
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Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
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US$122 - US$273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
The Lovat, Loch Ness Hotel Fort Augustus
The Lovat, Loch Ness Fort Augustus, Scotland
United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Loch Ness > Fort Augustus
Hotel class
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Number of rooms
Price range
US$122 - US$273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Also Known As
The Lovat, Loch Ness Hotel Fort Augustus
The Lovat, Loch Ness Fort Augustus, Scotland
United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Loch Ness > Fort Augustus
Traveller (509)
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Dining (60)
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September 25, 2017|
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Response from CeeGee1 | Property representative |
Many thanks for your question - we have 7 bedrooms allocated for guests with pets and they are welcome in the hotel anywhere with a wooden floor so that includes the Bar and Brasserie area.
March 14, 2017|
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Response from CeeGee1 | Property representative |
Thanks for your message - what is the name on the booking & the date please? Can you also provide an email address so we can contact you direct? Kind regards, Caroline
Lee R
September 28, 2016|
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Response from loobyroux | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about a 'honeymoon' room but they offer what I'd say are likely to be the luxury option rooms. The hotel is beautiful and fairly grand, so whatever room you stay in your visit will be great. Best thing to do would... More
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"Garden Rooms are perfect for people travelling with dogs."
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"opt for a garden room = very modern and private patio area"
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Sep. 13, 2018
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