Sunday, 24 July 2011

Neil's Tour de GB 2011

The Lovat, Loch Ness

Neil is joining a group of friends from Bannatynes Health Club in Inverness, under the name of Inverness Spinners, who are cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (LE JOG) from 21st July 2011.

The Lovat, Loch Ness is sponsoring the team on their journey & are proud to have such a valued member of the hotel, as Neil, joining in their cycle for charity as well as personal satisfaction.

They are taking 10 days to cover the 1000 miles, raising as much money as possible for SNAP, the Special Needs Action Project and Multiple Sclerosis Scotland.

Go Neil!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Wheely Good Deal...


The fourteen-strong team of Inverness Spinners are cycling 1000 miles from Lands End to John o’Groats in ten days (22nd-31st July) to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Scotland and Special Needs Action Project, Inverness. They have teamed up with their main sponsor, The Lovat, Loch Ness in Fort Augustus to create a very exclusive food and accommodation offer.

In return for a donation to the Inverness Spinners fundraising efforts, just upload a picture of yourself taken with a team member on to The Lovat’s Facebook page or bring the photograph with you to the hotel (mobile phone, camera or hard copy) to qualify for a very special 2 for 1 deal on meals and accommodation. For example, buy two starters and/or two main meals and/or two desserts and get the cheaper one free; book one night B&B or DB&B and get a second night free.

When you get your picture taken with your chosen Spinner, you’ll be given a card to verify your donation and to take along with your photograph. It’s that simple.


  • Photographs must be taken by end of August 2011 and the Inverness Spinner must be wearing his/her team colours
  • Meals and accommodation must be booked in advance – quote Inverness Spinners when booking
  • Maximum four people at one meal sitting, and maximum two nights accommodation can be booked
  • Photograph and verification card must be presented at hotel on arrival
  • Food and accommodation offers cannot be taken together
  • Only one offer per person and not valid for Inverness Spinners
  • The offer is valid September 2011-March 2012 and is subject to availability
  • Conditions may apply
  • For health and safety reasons, the Inverness Spinners team member should not be flagged down whilst cycling

Thursday, 16 June 2011


Not only is cycling an increasingly popular sport, but long distance cycling in particular is proving a big lure for those who want to set their bodies the ultimate cycling challenge. As part of their training and development programme for cycling the arduous 1000 mile Lands End to John o’Groats route (LEJoG) in July, local cycling enthusiasts, the Inverness Spinners, have invited internationally renowned exercise physiologist, Prof Richard Davison to help them prepare for their gruelling ten day challenge. Prof Davison is giving a talk about ‘The Challenges of Long Distance Cycling’ on Sunday, 19th June at Fairburn Activity Centre, Muir of Ord. The event is open to all, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. Prof Davison said: “I was delighted the Inverness Spinners (my father is a team member) asked me to help out in this way. There are more ways to plan for such a demanding sporting challenge than just putting in hours on the road. I’ll be talking about how best to prepare for long distance events, including sportives and multiple day rides. I’ll also be considering the main challenges the team will face during the ride itself, with specific focus on pacing and nutrition, and will be drawing on personal experience and research studies in scientific literature.” Prof Davison has over 20 years experience in his field, and an international reputation in investigating the factors that influence cycling performance and the physiological responses to cycle ergometry. Other areas of research interest include the use of exercise and physical activity to improve health and quality of life in the general population and clinical groups. He is the current Chair of the Cycling Science Steering Group of the World Commission of Science, Editor for the Journal of Sports Sciences and Sport and former Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (2006-2008).

Prof Davison also tries to practice what he preaches. As a competitive cyclist he has won ten medals at Scottish Championships, including six gold medals. Richard also represented Scotland at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria as a cycling coach and he continues to be very heavily involved with the British Cycling Coach Education Scheme helping to train the future generation of cycle coaches.

The Inverness Spinners’ team of thirteen aims to raise over £15,000 for their chosen charities - Multiple Sclerosis Scotland and local children’s charity SNAP, the Special Needs Action Programme – undertaking the challenge from 21st to 31st July which will see them travel the 1,000 miles from the south of England to the north of Scotland in ten days, accompanied by a two-strong support team. The group’s abilities range from some who, at the start of training, had never been on a road bike before, to others who have already cycled the route or done similar challenges in North Vietnam, France and Ireland.

Places can be reserved for Prof Davison’s talk on ‘The Challenges of Long Distance Cycling’ on Sunday, 19th June at 16.00 at Fairburn Activity Centre, Muir of Ord by calling 01997 433332.

Numbers are limited so early booking is advised. The event is free but donations to Inverness Spinners’ charities are encouraged. Further details about the Inverness Spinners at For directions to and further details about Fairburn Activity
Centre check out

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Worldwide Recognition

...Tripadvisor has just awarded The Lovat, Loch Ness a 'Certificate of Excellence'.

TripAdvisor awards this certificate to properties who consistently receive excellent ratings from its members. They think our 4.5 rating is something to be proud of & we hope you do too!
Contact us before the end of today (31st May 2011) for your FREE nights stay offer!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Restaurant Revival

The Drawing Room

Orkney crab mayonnaise
avocado, curry mousse, apple jelly

Black Isle lamb sweetbreads
stuffed mushrooms, soft herb crust, lemon

English green & white asparagus
soft boiled free range egg, wild garlic, surf clams


courgette cappuccino
black olive madeleine


fillet of highland beef
foie gras ravioli, crispy shin, beech mushrooms

Nairn pig’s trotter, fillet & cheek
fondant potato, spring greens, cider & apple sauce

poached wild North Sea salmon
langoustine cannelloni, peas, carrots, horseradish


Scottish cheese
apple chutney, Dean's of Huntly oatcakes


banana parfait
banana crisps, caramel, popcorn

Valrhona dark chocolate mousse
chocolate sorbet, hot chocolate fondant

coconut cream
poached pineapple, tapioca, sweet cicely


petits fours

£37.50 per person

Dinner Served Tuesday – Saturday 7pm – 9.30pm

Monday, 16 May 2011

What's on... the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Just found out that myself & running partner are on the front of the 'What's On' guide. This was the No Fuss half marathon in 2010.

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Music to my May

David Bowen will be performing some music magic
every Thursday throughout May 2011

8.30pm ‘til late

01456 459250
Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DU

(pre-book dinner 6:00pm – 6:30pm
to benefit from 20% off your total meal bill)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Up for a challenge...

In 2006, we were honoured to host Michael's stay at the Lovat when he came over from America to set the world record for paddling Loch Ness...he achieved this in a record 5 hours, 47 minutes & 30 seconds.

We now have someone else coming to stay at the hotel who is going to swim Loch Ness but this time it is not for a world is just for fun!

Jaime, from Spain, is an amateur long distance swimmer and has already swum: the English Channel; Gibraltar; NYCSwim 2010 - to name a few. What was missing in his growing album, was Loch Ness. He is also hoping that Nessie will make a friendly appearance!

He swims for
a foundation called "Siempre Adelante" to raise money for people that suffer Latheral Amiotrophic Sclerosis. His slogan is "nado porque puedo y para los que no pueden", that means more or less: "I swim because I am able to do it as well as I do it for people that are not as lucky as me".

Is anyone else planning on a challenge across Loch Ness? Maybe you even want to beat Michael's world record? If so, get in touch - the hotel will offer you accommodation throughout the challenge which will be complimentary based on you beating the record.

Monday, 4 April 2011

On our doorstep... is so easy to forget what is so close to home as you work with your head down, all consumed by the 'busy-ness' of life.

Take time to...

Look &

...not for the green man but for you. Discover what is on your doorstep & enjoy