Fort Augustus Tourist Information

Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus

The southern gateway into Loch Ness, Fort Augustus village is a waterways hotspot, cut through by the River Oich and the 60 mile long Caledonian Canal which is connected to Loch Ness via a magnificent flight of locks. Boat trips and Nessie spotting on Loch Ness are easily accessed and Fort Augustus is also a popular holiday base with cyclists and walkers, nestling as it does almost midway along the Great Glen Way between Fort William and Inverness.

Discover the history of Thomas Telford’s great Caledonian Canal at the canal heritage centre in Fort Augustus. This mighty west to east coast shortcut for merchant skippers first opened in 1822 and today is one of Scotland’s most popular leisure waterways. Local attractions include the Clansman Centre, a window into old Highland life, housed in a 19th Century schoolhouse with an on-site shop selling Celtic crafts, a Scottish armoury collection and a recreated Highland turf house.

Visit pretty Highland villages around Fort Augustus, all rich in Jacobite history, like Glenmoriston and Invermoriston, or take a tour of the local Rare Breeds Croft, home to Red Deer, Highland cattle and a range of farm animals. Perfect for Highland & Island touring, Fort Augustus sits within an hour’s drive of Fort William, Inverness and some of Scotland’s most famous castles including Eilean Donan. Find places to stay in Fort Augustus & book.

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