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The Lovat, Loch Ness
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fort Augustus
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“First place I'd head for. ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed here a few times now at various times of the year visiting my son who works on a nearby estate.
Great location a short walk from the edge of Loch Ness. Also easy to find in the dark when you've been driving for hours and that's a big plus around these parts.
Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, but most of all terrific breakfasts and dinners. Scotland excels in hotels like this. Well, let me qualify that. Mostly excels. There are still hotels tucked away in Glens that require jacket and tie for meals I'd refuse in hospital. The Lovatt does it's very best in dispelling those awful memories.

Stayed June 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Abilene, Texas
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44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Any hotel that can be taken over by 44 Americans and 2 Scots must be alright.

The rooms were very charming. It was a little warm the night we stayed but the fan in the room made it very comfortable.

We had a fantastic dinner and an early morning breakfast so we could catch a ferry. The staff was indeed very accommodating to our needs.

I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

We have just spent 5 nights in room 37 at The Lovat. My husband is paraplegic, so finding a hotel in the middle of the highlands was tricky, but this place is very good. Access is through the bar, and room 37, the largest of their 2 disabled accessible rooms is directly behind the bar, but we did not get disturbed. The service was excellent, everyone was friendly and so helpful. The breakfasts were amazing, we tried nearly everything on the menu, and couldn't fault it. I can't comment about the evening meals as we ate out each night, getting more of a highland experience. I did not see room 36, but room 37 for a paraplegic is very good, the slope into and out of the bathroom may be a little tricky, but it did not stop my husband. We travel with a commode shower chair, but the bathroom is fully fitted for those who don't. I would recommend this hotel for disabled travellers.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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neil b, Manager at The Lovat, Loch Ness, responded to this review, 21 September 2014
Hi Hannah

Many thanks for taking the time to write on TripAdvisor, it is greatly appreciated and your comments now have pride of place on our staff notice board. I am very happy that we were able to help you enjoy your trip to the highlands.

We pride ourselves on the service we give and are thrilled that all your needs were met and you had such a great time.

Every time we receive such a positive review it makes all the hard work worthwhile, and we hope that you can make it back up to see us in the near future.
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

This time we stayed 3 nights and it continues to be good. We had a room in the hotel which was not very spacious, but had most things we needed (a bit more space for clothes would be good). Food was great as expected.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I don't often write reviews, but simply had to let everyone know how great this place is. OK, it might not be the fanciest hotel in Scotland - but in all honesty they get all the things that matter absolutely right - and is reasonably priced too.

We stayed one night on the way up to the Northern Highlands and the highlight of our holiday was the Lovat Hotel! We got a really reasonable room rate as we were staying in one of the chalets that are detached from the hotel- so a slight step down from the fancy main hotel - but a nice clean room, tastefully decorated and recently refurbished with a large bathroom. We had a good quiet night sleep too.

We didn't have dinner there (as only 5 mins walk from the main village), but we did have fantastic cocktails in the bar which were expertly made by the lovely friendly bar staff. The breakfast was also fantastic - not a buffet - a good selection from a broad cooked menu, and you can help yourself to fruit juice, cereal, or continental selection ,... and the views from the restaurant were stunning.

As highlighted by other reviews, what really made it outstanding however was the staff. A warm friendly and informative greeting - helpful staff throughout the stay - and then a warm farewell with a bag of delicious warm cookies to take away with us. Left me thinking - is this maybe the best hotel I have ever stayed at - probably!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

We popped in for a drink and ended up staying the night at The Lovat, which turned out to be one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Not just the comfortable, well appointed rooms, the superb food, the great location and views but the friendliest, most professional staff we have ever had the pleasure or meeting. Even before breakfast, we were plotting our next visit. We're hooked!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Beautiful hotel in wonderful location overlooking park, the town and the Loch. Rooms are large by UK standards and beds are very comfortable (our party had 3 rooms), but it is really the staff who top-off all the other features of this hotel and make it an excellent 5 star rating rather than a very comfortable 4 star.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Lovat, Loch Ness
Address: Loch Ness, Fort Augustus PH32 4DU, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Loch Ness > Fort Augustus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fort Augustus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lovat, Loch Ness 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Victorian property that delicately balances tradition & contemporary. The dedicated team has a drive & passion to deliver an outstanding visitor experience. ... more   less 
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