Gateway to... The Highlands
Amy Falconer discovers a charming food haven in Loch Ness
Situated at the southern tip of Loch Ness in the pretty town of Fort Augustus lies The Lovat, an old Victorian hotel with a delicious secret–it’s foodie heaven.
Headed up by husband and wife dream team Sean and Caroline Kelly, the award winning eco-premises, rooms, restaurant and bar brings a slice of culinary magic to The Highlands that makes the near four-hour drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow worth every mile.
Using only the freshest, finest, seasonal ingredients, Head Chef Sean creates dishes that are (almost) too pretty to eat. His clever and precise cooking meant we really couldn’t fault anything from the freshly baked bread, homemade pasta, mussels and best pork loin we’ve ever tasted.
Retiring to our newly refurbished deluxe room complete with garden views and an array of Temple Spa products we clambered atop the biggest bed ever, letting it all settle in and rest up for the next round; breakfast. We awoke to the sound of nothing but bird song, well rested and ready to see what the morning would bring.
And, you guessed it–the perfectly presented cooked breakfast got top marks too.
Dinner, bed and breakfast is priced from £216. The Lovat, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire, PH32 4DU, Tel: 01456 490000, thelovat.com