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“Fabulous apartment, fabulous views”
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This is Gruinyards, the look-out on Loch Ness
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This is Gruinyards, the look-out on Loch Ness
The view from Gruinyards
The old Monastery building - Gruinyards is at the top next to the roof
The stair tower with the arched window of Gruinyards to the left
The floor plan of Gruinyards
The living room with the big window looking up Loch Ness
The living room has a wonderful window seat for watching out for Nessie
The living room
Early morning sun in the living room
Midnight sun through the living room window
The kitchen is integrated with the living room but is fully equipped
The principal bedroom has high sloping ceilings.JPG
The principal bedroom is very bright and airy
The principal bedroom - looking the other way
The principal bedroom, with the extra Aerobed made, makes a very spacious family room
The main bedroom is beautifully bright and airy.JPG
The ensuite to the principal bedroom
The ensuite to the principal bedroom again
The view from the ensuite bath
The twin bedroom is cosy and comfortable
The twin bedroom again
The view from the living room in summer.JPG
The view from the living room in autumn
The view from the living room in winter
The swimming pool with sauna and steam room at the end
The swimming pool is in an old chapel
The residents' lounge and games room
The residents' lounge and games room again
Sunlight in the Highland Club lounge
The former monastery building from the loch edge
Looking up Loch Ness from the garden
The Boathouse Restaurant is within the grounds
Fishing in Loch Ness from the garden
Early morning view along Loch Ness from the gardens
Loch Ness at dusk, also from the gardens
Midnight (2am) sun over Loch Ness, early June
The abbey cloisters
The abbey cloisters
The abbey cloisters again
The grand staircase leading up to Gruinyards from the cloisters
The old abbey from a distance
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Fabulous apartment, fabulous views”
Reviewed 20 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017
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We booked Gruinyards based on the view it offered of Loch Ness, so we were expecting to be blown away. But even on a grey rainy March day the sight out of the living room window exceeded all our expectations. Utterly, utterly amazing.

The apartment is also wonderful. The master bedroom is massive and comfortably furnished, with a luxurious en-suite - you can practically go for a swim in the claw-footed bathtub. The twin room was fairly compact but well laid out and extremely comfortable. The shower in the bathroom was hot and strong - what more do you need?

This apartment doesn't feel "posh". My friend and I are pretty down to earth and would have felt worried about breaking things if it had been too luxurious here, but in fact it was like staying at someone's nice home. The furniture was sturdy and practical, everything was nice quality. There's a very slight shabbiness round the edges which we thought added to the charm of the place. It's cosy and comfortable, a lovely place to just chill over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. And all the time that view is waiting for you.

One of the nice things about Gruinyards is the obvious thought and effort that's gone into making your stay pleasant. By this I mean shelves and bookcases with books, games, DVDs, for your entertainment; washing up liquid, kitchen roll and foil in the cupboards since they'r the sort of thing you forget to bring; even a pint of milk in the fridge and teabags & biscuits on the table. These little touches added up to make us feel like welcomed guests rather than just paying customers.

Fort Augustus itself is a lovely little town and the locals seemed pretty friendly.

We were both sorry to leave this apartment this morning. If I get the opportunity to come back again I'll grab it with both hands. I really can't recommend it highly enough. After four nights here my soul is soothed and my batteries are recharged. I just loved it.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Peaceful with a great view”
Reviewed 10 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

We had a very happy week in the Gruinyards flat. It really does have the best view of the loch. It was wonderful to sit on the sofa and gaze down Loch Ness, watching the changing weather. It was very quiet at night and the main bedroom has a comfortable bed. There is also a large modern tv and a well-equipped kitchen. The ensuite bathroom only has a bath with a hand-held shower attachment, but it was good to have the time to enjoy taking a bath. The second bedroom is quite small and its window is too high to see out of.  Bear in mind there are 75 steps up to the flat, but we are in our 60s and had no problem at all.

Many shops were closed in January, but the three pubs and general store provided everything we needed. There are plenty of good walks to explore and a couple of lovely scenic drives too. The weather was surprisingly warmer than London. We were hoping for snow but only got a good frost now and then.

We enjoyed a magnificent Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) celebration at the Lovat Hotel with superb food, but it closed for a month the following day. I would certainly recommend a meal at one of its two restaurants if they are open.

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CDjaker T
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“Style and comfort in beautiful surroundings.”
Reviewed 3 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We spent 4 days in this well furbished apartment in the converted abbey. At the southern tip of Loch Ness, adjacent to the Caledonian canal, the situation couldn't be better for fabulous views of the loch and surrounding mountains and access to the small town of Fort Augustus.
The abbey building is beautiful and atmospheric, with the conversion to apartments done sympathetically. The grounds are well kept and make for a lovely stroll. Gruinyards itself is very comfortable and furnished to a high 'spec'.
Fort Augustus has plenty of eateries and drinking holes and is well placed for access to the surrounding mountains, water falls,walks and other attractions.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Simon H
Walthamstow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

A fantastic location! Really atmospheric ex monastery built amongst the remains of the Georgian fort so it has lots of style and character with cloisters, and Gothic towers, as well as extensive grounds, and use of the lovely swimming pool, sauna and steam room all within a converted old chapel. There are a few apartments within the monastery but apartment 18, called Gruinyards, is up at the top so it really does get breathtaking views right along Loch Ness with a dual aspect living/dining/kitchen. Being on the third floor was therefore a definite advantage. It was a very relaxing place to stay in and explore the historic setting and felt very private and not over run with other visitors or residents as it is so big. The facilities were all well presented and well furnished and proved the perfect base to explore this area with its amazing landscapes and historic buildings. I did worry that it was a reasonable way from Inverness where I got the plane to, but actually the drive along Loch Ness was so lovely it didn't seem very far at all. I think I could have got the train to Fort William which is not so far either so there are plenty of options for getting there, and for shopping if you want more specialist things than the good local shops can offer. I really want to go again and explore this area more, and Gruinyards is the perfect base to do this from so will definitely go again.

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Reviewed 23 May 2010 for a stay in October 2009
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