Fort Augustus

Highland | Village | ★★★

[Fort Augustus]

Touristy, but surprisingly nice... is our verdict for Fort Augustus: the slightly claustrophobic village at the southern extremity of Loch Ness. Traffic converges here from all directions and the place fills up in summer as visitors stop in search of toilets and souvenirs. Fortunately the village offers a little bit more than that! A pretty flight of locks on the Caledonian Canal leads up and away from the main road, with benches making a perfect place for a picnic while watching boats struggle through the narrow staircase. A wire sculpture of a rather friendly looking Nessie stands outside the Caledonian Canal Centre, which contains a small, free exhibition on the waterway as well as splendidly sumptuous-looking cakes. It's also well worth wandering along the canal in the other direction for beautiful views along the full length of Loch Ness.

[Nessie sculpture outside the Caledonian Canal Centre]

Location & info

📌 Fort Augustus ★★★
Highland, G.R.: NH 379092 ///collision.pressing.collapsed

🚶 Loch Ness is within easy walking distance of the village centre and flight of locks, along the side of the canal.
🚢🚌 Fort Augustus is on the Inverness to Fort William bus route. There are tourist ferries to other points on Loch Ness.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Loch Ness ★★★

Nearby (1-5 mi away)

>> Bridge of Oich (4 mi ←)
>> Walk: Carn an t-Suidhe - a hill made for tourists ★★★ (4 mi →)

[Swing bridge on the A82 over the Caledonian Canal]

[Loch Ness at Fort Augustus]

[Top of the staircase of locks]

[Caledonian Canal just before it enters Loch Ness]

[Bridge of Oich]

[Carn an t-Suidhe (29/7/13)]


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