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Open hours today: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Monday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Thursday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Friday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Saturday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • Sunday

    12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

  • August 5, 2021 3:18 am local time

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Bothy Restaurant & Bar

Bothy Restaurant & Bar
3.8
Based on 1078 reviews
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Neil SIMMONDS (Nigsy)
Neil SIMMONDS (Nigsy)

06:44 31 Jul 21

Food was excellent. Prices are very reasonable. Staff made you very welcome. Would definitely recommend you eat here.

Oliver Tozer
Oliver Tozer

19:22 14 Jul 21

Very welcoming Staff who were attentive throughout. We’d accidentally stumbled upon Fort Augustus and were so pleased... to be able to get a seat (at a busy time) without a booking. Good quality food; well priced and overall, a very enjoyable visit.read more

Andy Swan
Andy Swan

06:13 14 Jul 21

Ate there twice within a week whilst passing through.

A cracking pint and really nice, generously portioned... food.

Staff were friendly and efficient on both visits.

A well recommended stop 👍read more

Louise Georgette
Louise Georgette

10:17 16 Jun 21

Very quaint Scottish pub.
The Beef pie was beautifully tender. Could have done with more vege but I’m guessing chips... are a favourite for most!
Great service from John the barman and the waitresses.
Thanks for a lovely evening!
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Dave Linford
Dave Linford

06:13 13 Jun 21

Four of us had some lovely meals last night. The servers could not have been anymore attentive to us with the... restrictions they are having to work under.
The chicken with haggis was lovely and then a very nice rhubarb crumble. Thank you for a lovely meal and a very enjoyable evening.
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John Lockwood
John Lockwood

14:46 09 Jun 21

Expensive frozen food. Vegetables should be crisp not raw. In their favour the bothy chicken with haggis was nice, but... packet mash potatoes is a no no. The waitress (think it was the owner) was abrupt and rude, and needs an attitude adjustment to deal with the customer. All in all a very expensive, disappointing experience. Don't get me started on the fish and chips 😒read more

Ania Bielas
Ania Bielas

21:40 04 Jun 21

Nice atmosphere, good food. Little dated; staff was very pleasant

Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown

18:53 29 May 21

Enjoyed a good light lunch. Plenty of choice, good atmosphere and efficient friendly service.

paul dudman
paul dudman

17:07 22 May 21

Not very good you only have an hour to eat or drink,bar man/landlord not mein host very grumpy.
Food poor standard had... pork and apple burger tasted odd and just put in a dry bap(chips ok)had two waitresses standing a foot away from us very off putting..We were told about four thing's weren't on menu and sold out
Won't be going back,shame really the pub is lovely inside.
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Lauren Ford
Lauren Ford

19:09 15 May 21

Extremely disappointed by the experience we had today.

On recommendation from family we visited tonight. Turned up at... 5.40 with two of our children to have a meal and thought we could have a glass of wine with our meal so asked to sit outside.

Told no space and therefore asked if we could sit lock side at the benches(which they advertise on their own Facebook page as being an option). Young waitress didn't seem to know if possible so asked the man behind the bar who made a sarcastic comment about heavy rain away to happen. Totally disinterested in our business. Husband and kids used toilets and I waited outside at the rear outdoor area. Blonde staff member came out with tray of drinks and was also unfriendly didn't ask if we needed help but was keen to confirm there was no outdoor seating - made no effort to ask us what we needed etc and didn't realise we were heading to the lock side benches to choose our food and drinks.

My daughter came out and said she felt unwelcome and didn't want to eat there.

People are very anxious at the moment, I know we find the current situation very stressful when out with our children. It was therefore a really disappointing experience to be made to be felt unwelcome and an inconvenience. We visit Fort Augustus regularly (at least monthly) but will be careful where we choose to dine and eat in future.

It's now almost 2 hours since we left and it hasn't rained! We are grown adults and can make decisions for ourselves. We felt unwelcome from the word go. I guess a family of 4 who would be ordering 3 courses and drinks to go with was not what you wanted and it's more cost effective and easier for you to be serving a table of those looking to sit drinking for hours on end.

UPDATED in light of response below from owner which I am grateful for. When we are back in a few weeks we will pop in. Thank you for taking the time to come back to me.read more

Rachael Kowald
Rachael Kowald

09:11 06 May 21

Delicious steak, good gluten free options. Barman was friendly.
Waitresses not so much.

Rodger Williamson
Rodger Williamson

21:48 29 Apr 21

Fantastic cosy freindly. Breakfast was superb

Nathan Waller
Nathan Waller

12:55 31 Oct 20

Covid rules taken to the extremes. One way systems sending you and your 3yo into the pouring rain when your sitting on... table next to the stairs having to walk round more people.
Staff loitering like school girls, and not welcoming. We seemed to annoy them that we wanted to use the pub.
Coke watered down. All staff walk the wrong way down the one way system. Chef nipped through (the wrong way) to get herself some crisps from behind the bar. Really hope she wasn't eating them whe cooking our food. No highchair offered for our baby. Generally no atmosphere or friendliness. Menu very basic. Lunch is just basic sandwiches or burgers and main menu isn't much more.
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Sylvia Allen
Sylvia Allen

16:00 25 Oct 20

Brilliant wee find for us food great sat outside overlooking loch scenery amazing

Martin Sinclair
Martin Sinclair

19:37 15 Oct 20

Food was nice. However, the service was poor. The waitress was quite rude at times did not make us feel welcome at all.

lorraine dyson
lorraine dyson

18:04 09 Oct 20

Absolutely great experience, food was amazing, we had 3 courses all were so well presented and delicious, home made... deserts exceptional, staff very friendly, definatly the best meal of our stayread more

Catherine Bond
Catherine Bond

19:43 08 Oct 20

Great food, great service, really great people serving. Great selection of whiskeys and food. Covid restrictions being... politely enforced and adhered to. Nice toasty space to warm you up after a long day out.read more

Scott Tomkinson
Scott Tomkinson

18:16 08 Oct 20

Great pub with excellent beer very friendly staff. Good views over canal. Convinient location for boating

Sal Dahdah
Sal Dahdah

14:20 05 Oct 20

Excellent service, a lot of variety in menu.

I had the cullen skink and roll (soup) it was the most tasty and creamy... soup I had in some time and Haggis (my first time trying it) it was surprising tasty.

I highly recommended if you have time before taking the Loch Ness tour, they also had good COVID measuresread more

lorna leibrick
lorna leibrick

18:16 01 Oct 20

Amazing spot on lochness.
Beautiful vista.
Food very nice.
Staff pleasant.
Well worth a visit

larry vallot
larry vallot

15:15 01 Oct 20

Really nice good social distancing food and service excellant

Elaine Batiste
Elaine Batiste

23:39 30 Sep 20

Great food and really good barman. They managed the Covid situation very well.

neil mcmaster
neil mcmaster

17:49 27 Sep 20

Nice enough but the guy behind the bar should consider if working in a customer facing environment is the best use of... his skills........read more

Bryan Dixon
Bryan Dixon

14:14 14 Sep 20

Sadly due to C19 the cafe is closed, however we did have a couple of great coffee's and sandwiches for lunch. Well... worth a visit & the staff were both friendly & helpful.read more

Callum Kerr
Callum Kerr

19:10 09 Sep 20

Staff friendly and decent Covid precautions but food very poor, re-heated from frozen, I have spent full week in Fort... Augustus and tried all local restaurants and bars please use one of these instead if you want decent food for the price your payingread more

Adrian Wells
Adrian Wells

19:28 08 Sep 20

Nice meal, reasonable prices and excellent staff. Good portions and doggy friendly. Recommended.

Susan Yau
Susan Yau

16:23 07 Sep 20

Forgotten - AVOID - Went in, put our names down, and was told to wait outside 10-15mins for a table. Not a problem. We... waited... and waited. After seeing 2 other couples get seated, despite us being ahead of them and the only ones waiting, it was clear... we weren’t welcome. Couldn’t even find anyone to ask if we were still being seen to. We were the only ones instructed to wait outside. So never got to try the food, that was 15mins wasted. Don’t go!!read more

Paola Lanzoni
Paola Lanzoni

18:36 31 Aug 20

Probably the worst pub I've ever been. Even though covid prevention was acceptable, all other services were absolutely... awful. Staff weren't kind nor receptive, they didn't told us we needed to "order any fillings we want" for a burger to the point that we all ended up with a burger that was only bun and patty. Bun wasn't even heated. Overall, felt super uncomfortable such an unfriendly customer service.read more

Paula Kettings
Paula Kettings

14:11 31 Aug 20

Felt very safe as strict social distancing measures in place. Food tasty and would recommend rhubarb crumble... and
Custard.
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John Potter
John Potter

14:30 30 Aug 20

It would be 5 star if it wasn't for Covid and a cooked breakfast was available which means we'll have to visit again.... The location was excellent a short mile away from Fort Augustus along the private track and 75 acres to roam around. Osh and Ash were really friendly and excellent hosts. The bed and pillows were really comfortable as well with an excellent power shower. There's two horses, two dogs and 4 Highland cows on site so excellent for animal loves as well.read more

Andrew Mckernan
Andrew Mckernan

19:21 25 Aug 20

Decent food and the service was OK. The mushroom pie came with a big black hair/ strand of string in though which was a... bit off putting

Thats even worse. Ive brown hair and my girlfriends hair blonde. Not good, what colours your rodents?read more

Antonella De Laurentiis
Antonella De Laurentiis

13:57 21 Aug 20

Welcoming place, the Bothy is nice inside. We used it to have some hot drinks whilst waiting for the rain to calm down... a bit. It was too late for food, sadly. They are applying proper social distancing rules.read more

Kris Turk
Kris Turk

20:24 18 Aug 20

- Staff not particularly welcoming
- Guests arriving (we were sat by the door) after us had a confusing and cold... explanation (or lack of) that the wait for a table would take them past the time the kitchen was open. This was a fairly cringey confusion to listen to.
- We were told what was not available on the menu (around half the items) as we were sitting down before we had a chance to open the menus. Also the waitress failed to tell us there was also a specials board
- We ordered and food was bought out within a few minutes (the only positive)
- The smokey chicken was actually fairly tasty but accompanied by tasteless watery veg and tasteless not seasoned chips.
- Had to request sauces from a waitress as she flew past (probably about 5 times before we managed to get her attention)
- Had to request the bill twice as the first girl acknowledged my request but did not return

Summary: Way below average food, and probably the worst service I have had at a restaurant or pub that I can remember. We decided to skip desert (which we almost never do) and leave.read more

Gary Sharp
Gary Sharp

19:35 18 Aug 20

Nice food, friendly service, and a great location by the canal. Hanging Covid very well.

Alan and Debbie Hucknall
Alan and Debbie Hucknall

18:11 11 Aug 20

Lovely food, well cooked and presented, generous portions, really tasty, would definitely use again, covid... restrictions well adhered to. Pleasant friendly staff and atmosphere to dine in.read more

Maniecki BWA
Maniecki BWA

21:38 09 Aug 20

If this was my restaurant, I would be very embarrassed to serve such poor quality burgers, I ordered one beefburger and... one chicken burger, both was very basic just a breakfast bun and a cheap quality burger nothing else no veggies etc, for a extra charge you can add slice of cheese. Burgers cost 5.95 each with no chips have to pay extra for them, honestly the 1£ Rustler from corner shop are much better, we also had a fish supper also not best quality but better than a burgers, broth soup was ok, haggis supper also ok but a bit over salted. Overall not recommended that place, expensive with poor quality food...read more

Natasha Partington
Natasha Partington

07:33 08 Aug 20

Had an evening meal here of Haggis & potatoes and smoked chicken.

Food was well cooked and good portion, had a starter... of garlic bread and a desert of apple pie.

Home style cooked food.read more

Steve Gater
Steve Gater

15:55 28 Jul 20

It was absolutely worse experience weve had. The barmaid was so abrupt and rude no wonder there was no customers. No... real ales and very over priced. Two bottles of standard Budweiser nearly £8 avoid do not go in!read more

Peter Morrison
Peter Morrison

21:31 22 Jul 20

The abrasive and objectionable manner of the fellow hollering at me from behind the bar as soon as I stepped over the... threshold on my first visit was enough to put me off this place. - I walked away.

Later the same evening I took local references on that experience and apparently the fellow concerned has some form. I also see other reviews below here with similar staff attitude issues.

There are plenty other more welcoming eateries about Ft Augustus. Go to The Lovat for excellent Scots cuisine or the Lock Inn for more basic but quality food - both hospitable places with warmly welcoming and lovely staff.read more

lazy shahriar
lazy shahriar

18:33 20 Jul 20

Went there after the lockdown restriction has lifted and were allowed to dine in. The place was full the day we went... but every one was maintaining govt rules. Staff were welcoming and the food was served in due time. Food was tasty and price was reasonable.read more

Sharon ODocherty
Sharon ODocherty

20:47 15 Jul 20

Service was very good, but my food experience was very poor. Decided on scampi, but was of poor quality. Cheap frozen... product that was lukewarm in centre.read more

Patricia Murray
Patricia Murray

19:21 12 Jul 20

Visited the Bothy today, looking for a nice pub lunch. All Covid 19 guidelines being followed to the letter, but the... venison burgers were small and dry and slapped in a dry roll. Definitely not mouth watering.read more

Mr Osok
Mr Osok

21:57 11 Jun 20

Great little store with an amazing selection of Tartens and setts. This is where I find my favorite sett.

Steve Daly
Steve Daly

14:21 21 May 20

We dropped in on our way to Fort William from Inverness and enjoyed the food. The service was prompt and courteous. The... food was nice and good value for money. We would have liked to sit out in the pub and enjoy a drink, however we where in a hurry. Maybe next time we are passing through, we will stop for longer.read more

dee why
dee why

20:42 15 Mar 20

Average food presented like a dropped takeaway. Heavily overpriced. £6 for a kids main is ridiculous for two sausages,... a handful of chips and beans. If it was decent sausages fair enough, but I suspect these were of the Tesco value range, deep fried. Tasteless. Even our 4 year old refused to eat any more than 1/4. My steak pie was tasty enough but for £12 I expect some degree of presentation. Put the pie in a wee ashet for god's sake. More veg than just peas too. It's the little things that make a BIG difference. Attention to detail. Visit a restaurant in the city, For this money you get quality.read more

Abby Barwick-Snell
Abby Barwick-Snell

20:21 18 Feb 20

Such a great experience at Bothy! The smokey chicken and the fudge gateau were absolutely amazing! The staff were also... so kind. Definately a wonderful option if you're in the area.read more

Matthew Shumack
Matthew Shumack

21:28 16 Feb 20

Really enjoyed my lunch stop here on a tour. Most of the other guests opted for other places, but you can't beat... Scottish food in a Scottish pub. Warm and friendly staff and quick service. My lunch was excellent.read more

Anna Paula Doro
Anna Paula Doro

19:46 12 Jan 20

The atmosphere was welcoming and the staff fruendly. The food was phenomenal too! One main dish can easily feed two... moderately hungry people. Two pints of soda, one main, one side and a dessert ended um just shy of 27 pounds. Given the quality of the food and the restaurant, I'd gladly eat there again any day!read more

Alexander Cameron
Alexander Cameron

12:47 06 Dec 19

Excellent and fast service. Food is delicious. If you're stopping in Fort Augustus, this is the number 1 spot to... eat/drink. Can't recommend enough.read more

Shawn Davis
Shawn Davis

19:59 26 Nov 19

Good food, quaint atmosphere on the loch. Took a while to get to payment, so maybe skip if on a time sensitive tour. 5... minute walk from the loch.read more

Melvin Bragg
Melvin Bragg

07:42 23 Nov 19

Excellent steak and ale pie, best Iv ever had anywhere. Friendly staff.

boobalan S
boobalan S

14:35 22 Nov 19

Delicious food with good quantity. You can simply go and enjoy the food for 1 hour in relax. Such a good place to spend... the time for lunch.read more

TheJack Baxter
TheJack Baxter

20:58 28 Oct 19

As soon as we entered the pub and asked for a table we felt unwelcome. Young waitress actually rolled her eyes as she... got the menus. The actions of all the staff had us paranoid that there was something wrong in the pub.

The food came suspiciously quick but was actually okay to eat. Fairly expensive aswell.

Made a fast exit as soon as we had finished we were that uncomfortable.

Nice one my mate won’t sleep tonight.read more

Hans Wieringa
Hans Wieringa

11:04 26 Oct 19

Nice menu, horrible service.

Fake red haired waitress with strange accent was bad tempered, everything was too much... for her. Ignored guests and tables and was rude in her manners. Bar staff a bit better but also liked their own sense of humor more than guest did. Could be so much more with proper skilled staff...read more

Ma Cr
Ma Cr

16:05 18 Oct 19

Walked in, no acknowledgement from bar lady /waitress who starred at us like we didn’t belong. We sat there for 10... minutes without even a word or a menu. This is obnoxious behaviour , like they are doing us a favour. We got up and left and spent our pounds at another more welcoming establishment just by the water. After we left four others walked in and left. If I were the manager I would have been outraged that business was turned away like that. I’d suggest avoiding this place as you might be intriguing in them.
Go to the highland club - boat house .
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New Order
New Order

21:57 15 Oct 19

Wonderful, friendly Staff...fine very big Meals and very cheap. I love it. ?

spyros doupis
spyros doupis

10:41 30 Sep 19

Service was friensly and very fast. Soup was tasteless and the side dish with shrimps was fully covered in a sauce... which wasn't nice. Fish and chips was pretty good.
Prices were good too.
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Kirito Hiwatari
Kirito Hiwatari

11:38 29 Sep 19

The staff were extremely friendly and the food was delicious. There was a great ambience and a mixture of visitors and... locals who were very welcoming.

Would recommend to anyone!read more

Amber Gillespie
Amber Gillespie

03:01 16 Sep 19

Best cheesecake of my life. So creamy and delicous. Just enough to make you finish the delicacy, not too much to hate... yourself afterwards. The owners wife has changed my life. I will never be able to recreate the amount of perfection this woman has created. This place will forever have a place in my heart.read more

Blyth Woodlands
Blyth Woodlands

17:58 09 Sep 19

Beautiful area. Old, hydraulic swing bridge. Moored up next to the bridge and was warmly welcomed by the... attendant.
Worth a visit.
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Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

12:36 09 Sep 19

Good selection of beers and whiskies. Had a very tasty chilli. Atmosphere just what you want for a pub. Location... excellent.read more

Philip Damato
Philip Damato

13:52 06 Sep 19

Nice place to visit. Great food, especially the steak pie. Barman was very nice.
Came here all the way from Malta.

Harley HackEmUp
Harley HackEmUp

21:20 23 Aug 19

Good food but the waitresses stayed to themselves and made comments about the patrons, had to get their attention to... get (extremely watered down) drinks. Not usually one to make bad reviews but honestly don’t go here, I told my family not to.read more

Dena Baker
Dena Baker

23:08 19 Aug 19

We loved ever place we at in Scotland except here. The food was bland and tasteless. We were all searching for the salt... to at least give it SOME flavor. It looks cute from the outside but just don't do it.read more

John Robertson
John Robertson

22:32 09 Aug 19

Pleasant place to call in for a drink on the canal side. Bar staff warm and very welcoming. Serves food.

Edward Frizzelle
Edward Frizzelle

20:58 01 Aug 19

Superb food and good service. There was a little struggle getting to bar which was populated by (I assume) locals... drinking when we arrived, but it freed up a little later (9pmish). On the whole though a lovely meal in a great spot.read more

Christian Chesley
Christian Chesley

20:01 01 Aug 19

Nicely tucked away in the heart of town, this restaurant offers many drinks as well as many dinner options. My wife... ordered the sirloin steak with garnis. I ordered the chicken with haggis. Both were extremely delicious.read more

Adam Larsson
Adam Larsson

13:46 19 Jul 19

Wish I read the reviews before eating here. The staff was pretty friendly but that doesn’t make up for the abysmal... food. This has got to be the sorriest excuses for a burger? for sure a frozen one and so was the fries (of course).
It’s always bad when places like McDonald’s actually serve better burgers than a restaurant.

Several people left their food, paid and walked away.read more

Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson

18:44 09 Jul 19

Just the place to while away a sunny afternoon watching the boats going up and down the locks. Good cafés, pubs and... restaurants many with seating on the canal side.read more

Vinal Lakhani
Vinal Lakhani

13:21 09 Jul 19

Great food and atmosphere. Lots of Vegetarian options. Cask Ale comes in light and dark; these aren't carbonated and... so, are lower in acidity. Great daily specials as well.read more

Robert Message
Robert Message

15:49 04 Jul 19

Great place to eat and drink staff very cheerful and nothing to much trouble and you can take dogs in bar area.

Ryan
Ryan

14:26 09 Jun 19

The place is convenient and service was good so 1 star each for those points, but that’s where it stopped. The food was... really poor had the chicken burger and it was literally a bun with a deep fried piece of frozen packet chicken, no sauce no lettuce no nothing super basic. Sad because the place has a lot of potentialread more

David Bald
David Bald

19:04 31 May 19

Had a lovely meal here yesterday. The beer was good but it is more a restaurant than a pub. Good views across Loch... Ness. So good that we booked to go again tomorrow.read more

Sylvia Willett
Sylvia Willett

17:05 07 May 19

Lovely place to go for a walk. As with all this area lovely views. No toilets nearby.

John Hohn
John Hohn

07:26 09 Apr 19

A quaint little place, if your in the area it is a must stop for lunch or dinner. We didn't have much time and the... service was fast and the staff was great. Out food was amazing I highly recommend.read more

Fiona Middleton
Fiona Middleton

11:05 08 Apr 19

Nice place to eat. We had lunch with our sons, then went back for dinner on our own later in the week. My husband had... veggie lasagne and really enjoyed it. My chicken was a bit hard and it put me off a bit, but all in all the staff are really nice, friendly and make a real effort with the abundance of foreign diners, given that it is a hot spot for tourists. I would recommend a visit. Quite reasonable for lunch. Dinner is a wee bit more expensive, but I think it's worth a visit.read more

Jeremy Benhammou
Jeremy Benhammou

15:27 28 Mar 19

OK place for lunch on your way through. I had a chicken burger served on a cold bun... wasn't excited about that. But... my wife liked her lentil soup. Reasonably quick service.read more


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