Gruinyards

Self Catering

18 The Monastery, St Benedict's Abbey, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire, PH32 4BJ

    Gruinyards is a beautiful top floor apartment in the historic Abbey at Fort Augustus, on the shores of Loch Ness. It has stunning views along the Loch from the living room window while the bedrooms looks out over the cloisters and Borlum Hill.

    Gruinyards is a beautiful top floor apartment in the historic Abbey at Fort Augustus, on the shores of Loch Ness.  It has stunning views along the Loch from the living room window while the bedrooms looks out over the cloisters and Borlum Hill.

    Recently converted and retaining many original features, Gruinyards sleeps up to 6 people. Midway along the Great Glen Way, it makes a perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands.

    Last minute bookings:
    Automatic discount of 15% for any new booking made that's due to start in the next three weeks!

    Short breaks (minimum 2 days) now available - arrive any day of the week.

    It is located in the old Monastery building in the historic Abbey at Fort Augustus and enjoys perhaps the best views of the Loch available from any holiday property.  The former Benedictine abbey site in 17 acres of grounds on the shore of Loch Ness, nestling between the Caledonian canal and the river Tarff.

    On the third floor, Gruinyards has windows and views on three sides and, when the weather permits, enjoys uninterrupted sun throughout the day.  It also benefits from all the facilities of The Highland Club, including the lochside gardens, tennis, croquet, fishing, a resident's lounge and games room, and the freedom to roam the wonderful buildings of the abbey.

    Within the apartment there is a large open plan living-dining room with high sloping ceilings and a huge stone window that gives stunning views right along Loch Ness. There are also views over the hills to the east and the abbey cloisters to the south. The living room has a fully equipped kitchen area and an oak dining table that can be extended to seat 8. There is a large TV and a wide range of DVDs, as well as a selection of games, maps and guide books. There is also Wifi internet provided in the apartment and an ipod dock for music.

    There are two bedrooms: a very spacious principal bedroom which also has high ceilings and views on two sides. It is beautifully bright and airy and boasts a magnificent en-suite with a roll-top bath overlooking heather clad Borlum Hill.  There is also a very comfortable and cosy twin bedroom, a second bathroom and a double sofa bed in the living room.  However we now also have an inflatable double Aerobed (it has an electric pump and adjustable firmness which makes it extremely comfortable) available in the principal bedroom so that this can be used as a very convenient family room.

    As a guest at the apartment you can also make use of all the facilities of the Highland Club. As well as being able to wander around the amazing Gothic abbey and cloisters, there is tennis, croquet, a barbecue area and fishing in Loch Ness all available in the lovely lochside gardens.   Then there is the residents' lounge and games room with Wi-fi, snooker, table football and table tennis available.

    And, fantastic news, the swimming pool and spa are finally open, offering swimming, steam room and sauna in the magnificent setting of the old abbey church with its stone arches and columns.

    In addition activities such as archery, clay-pigeon shooting, fishing lessons and tomahawk throwing can all be provided in the grounds.

    The apartment is ideally located, not only for Nessie spotting and exploring around Loch Ness, but also for climbing Ben Nevis, stunning walks in the Glen Affric and Glen Nevis nature reserves, dramatic waterfalls, the romantic ruins of Castle Urquhart or cycling the Caledonian Canal.  Inverness and Fort William are both less than an hours drive away while Skye is just over an hour away.  However much of the time you may just want to relax looking at the view and taking in the wonderful surroundings.

    Between April to October the booking system is set up for 7 night stays and Saturday arrival so please email Gruinyards@gmail.com or call Jonathan Norris on 01320 366739 or 07720 388977 to discuss shorter stays or different arrival days.  However for the rest of the year we can take short break bookings and any day starts as a matter of course, although the booking system again may not be able to offer these automatically.

     

    Gradings
    4 Self Catering
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    1
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    Gruinyards
    £682.50 per unit per week

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Holiday Rentals
    • Self Catering Holiday

    Children

    • Highchair Available
    • Cot Available
    • Outdoor Play Area
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area

    Leisure Facilities

    • DVD Player
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities
    • CD Player
    • Television
    • Radio
    • Garden
    • Entertainment Available
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities Tennis Badminton Croquet Fishing Archery Tomahawk throwing

    Payment Methods

    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • BACS

    Transport

    • Parking
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • Cycle Rack
    • 24hr Help Link
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Private Car Space
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Private Parking
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Catering

    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
    • Restaurant
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles

    Domestic

    • Tumble Dryer
    • Freezer
    • Iron Available
    • Linen Provided
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Dishwasher
    • Shower
    • Fridge
    • WC EnSuite
    • Microwave
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Washing Machine
    • Towels Provided
    • Gas Cooker
    • Bath Ensuite
    • Hairdryer Available

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Sauna Available
    • Steam Room

    Location

    • Village Location
    • Rural Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Waterfront Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Families
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Children Welcome

    Road Directions

    Approximately 10 hours plus stops from London, either via M6 to Glasgow (mid point Carlisle) or M1 to Edinburgh (mid point Newcastle).

    Directions from Inverness

    From the airport exit directly onto the A96 to Inverness and follow for about 5 miles to a roundabout where you leave at the third exit to join the A9 (dual carriageway). At the next roundabout on the A9 take the A82 and follow the road around Inverness. The road passes through a couple of retail parks with a number of roundabouts and junctions. At all points follow the signs for A82 to Fort William. Follow the A82 along the side of Loch Ness until you arrive at Fort Augustus. After crossing the swing bridge the Highland Club will be on your left.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- The Highland Club is 200m away from the Tourist Information centre

    Getting there by railway:- Train from London

    Kings Cross or Euston to Inverness. There are day trains -- six departures a day between 6.15am and 3.00pm, mostly from Kings Cross, journey time between 8 and 9 hours, and the overnight sleeper which leaves Euston at 9.15pm every day except Saturday and arrives at Inverness at 8.30 the next morning. This is the most civilised way of getting there and although perhaps not the quickest allows you to leave after work on a Thursday or Friday and return first thing on Monday morning, giving two or three whole days in Scotland.


    Getting there by aeroplane:- Flights every day from Gatwick or Bristol to Inverness (Easyjet and Flybe).

    Transport within Scotland

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    Journey Planner
    Accommodation Special Offer

    20% reduction for last minute bookings - any booking due to start in less than 4 weeks. Please contact Jonathan Norris on 07720 388977 or email gruinyards@gmail.com to make the booking at the last minute rate.

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