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The Inch Hotel


Fort Augustus, Highlands. PH32 4BL.

Tel: +44 1456 450 900


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Inchnacardoch House was built as a hunting lodge, built in the 1860s for Lord Lovat, an historic Scottish aristocratic family. After being used as a base for the RAF during World War II, it became a hotel and today retains much of the original architecture and features such as the bell used to call the hunters back from the hills at night and the garden shed to store the game.

The Inch is right in the centre of the Scottish Highlands on the banks of Loch Ness, home to the legendary monster which has created a tourism destination for international visitors in search of history, myths, mysteries, ancient castles, wildlife, distilleries, boat trips and outdoor sporting adventures.

Step through the door and back in time with the collection of Stag Heads hung around the hallway furnished with original wood panelling. The Lounge, with comfy armchairs and leather sofas has a welcoming roaring log fire burning day and night on cold days.  Accommodation is flexible to suit single travellers, couples and families including superior rooms with Four Poster beds, with a quirky mix of antique, vintage and country pine furniture with bed throws and cushions in a contemporary tartan design.

Under chef Phil Carnegie (who formerly held a Michelin-star at Inverlochy Castle), the Inch presents a superlative dinner menu emphasising the finest, seasonal meat, game and seafood sourced with care from the West coast and Highlands. The Restaurant with loch views has been smartly refurbished with lovely tweed covered high back chairs and a gallery of photographs to show off the Highland landscape, birds and deer.

Dine on Wester Ross Smoked Salmon with a dill and cucumber salad or Game terrine with Spiced apple chutney, then poached Mallaig cod with curried Arisaig mussels, spinach mousse and cauliflower, or loin of Ayrshire pork, pork belly, Stornoway black pudding, savoy cabbage and caramelised apples. Finish with sticky toffee pudding with Ben Nevis whisky sauce, or a platter of local cheese and oatcakes. After a comfortable night’s sleep in this quiet rural lochside spot, a breakfast feast awaits – such as porridge, eggs, bacon, haggis or pancakes with bacon and homemade Douglas fir syrup.

While the Inch does not pretend to be a luxury country house hotel, this is an authentic hunting lodge with all the trimmings and a homely, shabby chic ambience. The loch views are stunning as well as the herd of “furry coos” - Highland cattle grazing in the meadow nearby. The USP is the location, within walking distance of the picturesque village of Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal featuring the fascinating Locks, waterfront pubs, arts, crafts and gift shops, Canal heritage Museum and Benedictine monastery. Just a short drive from Fort William and Inverness, this is an ideal base for a family holiday, romantic escape for a relaxing stay to explore the scenic beauty and heritage around Loch Ness.


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