We, Chris & Felicity are local and have lived in the Old Convent since 1994. We managed to buy this beautiful old building in 2011 and have been lovingly renovating it to a very high standard keeping a lot of the original features but adding some modern touches such as insulation, double glazing and central heating.
The Old Convent was originally built as a church by Lord Lovat in 1842 and known as St.Peters chapel. In 1888 it was then offered to 'The Sister's of Mercy' from Elgin to use as a school and their convent, during their short occupation it was known as St.Columba's convent. After extensive renovations were completed in March 1892 for a new order of nun's, it was renamed St Scholastica's Priory until 1922 when the remaining nun's were moved to Holm Eden Abbey. Since then many people have lived in the convent including a few let's say...'colourful' characters!
Fort Augustus is a beautiful and interesting village in the heart of the Highlands, with the Caledonian canal and locks running through the centre, pubs and restaurants, craft shops, visitor centre, grocery store, post office, bank and petrol station only a ten minute walk from The Old Convent. The village is geographically the centre of the Highlands on the southern shores of Loch Ness so makes all areas of the Highlands easily accessible.
We are surrounded by beautiful scenery with an abundance of wildlife, the odd castle or two, amazing munro's and corbett's for the more serious walker plus easy woodland walks and the famous Caledonian canal for a stroll. Lovely bicycle rides for all abilities, horse riding, fishing, kayaking, boat trips and golf.
Felicity & Chris were very accommodating during our 3 week stay. The apartments were incredible and at the highest... standard. I will certainly be visiting again next time I’m in Fort Augustus. Our trip was actually for work, however felt like home during my stay. Thank you both for your wonderful accommodation and service.read more
Lovely owners will do anything to make your stay comfortable an nice apartments are amazing an look stunning inside... excellent facilities while we are working up here got everything we need xread more
Wonderful hosts. Able to contact, via telephone/text for anything.
Fantastic location for exploring, set back from a... main road.
Wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
Felt very Covid safe.
Wonderful apartment with all amenities you could require. E.g. local guides, maps, cooking utensils, dvds, games etc.
Really dog friendly, our wee pup loved it.read more
Myself and Winnie the cockapoo stayed in apartment no 1. It is absolutely beautiful and very warm and spacious. We had... a fantastic week. Chris and Felicity are wonderful hosts. Throughly recommend staying here.read more
Found this via a dog friendly accommodation search and we were not disappointed, excellent accommodation with terrific... grounds for the dogs to run around in, hosts Felicity & Chris couldn't be more helpful, lots of things to do and see plus forest walks and the Caledonia canal for a paddle, highly recommended.read more
Beautiful property in perfect location! The perfect place to stay with such lovely owners who are warm, welcoming and... passionate about the property and the quality of your stay. We love it here!read more
Amazing self catering holiday rental in a beautiful location. The proprietors are so warm, welcoming and friendly and... are on hand to help with anything you may need. I highly recommended this accommodation.read more