Fort Augustus

This picturesque village is situated at the southern end of Loch Ness right on the Great Glen Fault which cuts across the Highlands. The old Benedictine Abbey stands on the site of the fort built in 1720 by General Wade to subdue the Highlanders. It was named after the King's son, William Augustus - the Duke of Cumberland who later became known as 'The Butcher' after the Battle of Culloden near Inverness put paid to the Jacobite Uprising.

Fort Augustus Abbey

The village is cut in half by the Caledonian Canal and the road traffic is stopped when the swing bridge is opened. You can sit by the flight of locks watching yachts and cruisers as they navigate slowly up and down between the canal and Loch Ness.

Locks on the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus

Enjoy fish and chips or an ice cream as you marvel at this incredible feat of engineering. Owned by Scottish Canals, the visitor centre by the locks explains how the Canal was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1822. This 60-mile long canal significantly reduced journey times for merchant skippers by providing a direct link between the east and west coasts of Scotland.

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus

Today you can hire a small cruiser or a canoe and enjoy a relaxing day on the water. There are also plenty of boat trips which will take you out onto Loch Ness with a chance of spotting the monster on the boat's radar.

Cruises on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

Step back in time with a visit to The Clansman Centre where you can see how the clans lived in the 17th century and experience some of the live re-enactments with weapons demonstrations.

Fort Augustus is also a key stop on the Great Glen Way, a 79-mile trail across Scotland from Fort William in the west to Inverness on the east coast. You can walk this trail in stages taking 5 - 8 days. Alternatively, you can walk or cycle the new Loch Ness 360 which now enables you to complete the whole 80-mile circuit around this famous loch.

Fort Augustus is situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, some 30 miles south of Inverness and 30 miles north of Fort William.

Scotland's Best B&Bs in the Loch Ness area:

Binnilidh Mhor Loch NessBinnilidh Mhor
This 4 Star B&B is situated in Glenmoriston near Loch Ness, half way between Inverness and the Isle of Skye. Set in its own grounds surrounded by open views and forests, it's perfect for hill walking or an ideal touring base. Choice of double/twin bedrooms or a large suite for 4 people. With Covid restrictions, only one household group will stay here at a time. Evening meals (1, 2 or 3 courses) are available with prior notice. Taste our Best award.

Pottery House B&B, Loch NessThe Pottery House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in the peaceful village of Dores with amazing views across Loch Ness. Just 15 minutes drive from Inverness Relax and explore the less travelled side of Loch Ness. Choice of 3 kingsize double/twin rooms. Hearty breakfasts including homemade bread and jams. Taste Our Best award.

Spean Lodge Country HouseSpean Lodge Country House
This 4 Star GOLD B&B sits in 2 acres of landscaped and wooded grounds above the River Spean in Spean Bridge. Just 9 miles from Fort William and Ben Nevis, it's ideal for exploring The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife spotting. Tastefully furnished with antiques and original paintings, the lodge has 3 ensuite rooms (double, twin, family). Relax in the guest lounge with views towards the Nevis range of mountains. Enjoy breakfast in the elegant dining room overlooking the garden.

The Heathers B&B, Spean BridgeThe Heathers
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in a beautiful hillside setting overlooking Loch Lochy midway between Fort William (15 miles) and Loch Ness (18 miles). Ideal for touring the Highlands & Skye or exploring a range of outdoor activities. Relax in one of 3 ensuite bedrooms (double/twin) and enjoy breakfast overlooking the loch. 10% discount when you stay for 3 or more nights in 2020.

Eiland View B&B near InvernessEiland View B&B
Eiland View is located in the countryside just outside Inverness overlooking the Moray Firth. Choice of 3 ensuite double/twin bedrooms with large picture windows. Spectacular sunsets. This B&B is close to Culloden Battlefield and the prehistoric Clava Cairns (now well known thanks to 'Outlander'), as well as splendid Cawdor Castle and historic Fort George. A short drive from Loch Ness, castles, Speyside whisky trail, etc.

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