Things To Do
Base yourself in the lovely village of Fort Augustus where there’s plenty to see and do both locally and around Loch Ness. Here are just a few ideas:
- The Caledonian Canal stretches 60 miles along the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness, is linked by a series of natural lochs and has a flight of five locks right here in Fort Augustus down to Loch Ness. To find out more about the fascinating history of the canal you can visit the newly refurbished Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre and sitting canal-side enjoying a coffee or beer whilst watching the boats pass through is a splendid way to spend the afternoon.
- Cruise Loch Ness offers stunning leisurely cruises & thrilling high speed RIB rides on Loch Ness from the centre of Fort Augustus. Top-tip! Book your tickets on-line 24hrs or more in advance and enjoy a 10% saving!
- Walking / Cycling – the Great Glen Way passes through Fort Augustus mid-way on its 73 mile route from Fort William to Inverness – if you don’t fancy such a long hike there’s many other waymarked walking trails locally for all abilities
- Urquhart Castle – sitting on the shores of Loch Ness between Fort Augustus and Inverness this iconic Highland castle gives an insight into the dramatic history of the area. Urquhart Castle has fabulous views the length of Loch Ness and is reportedly one of the main locations for sightings of the Loch Ness Monster
- The Falls of Foyers – around 25 minutes drive from Beaufort House is a short but spectacular walk which takes in the must see sight of the Falls of Foyers, set in a dramatic gorge. It has a well maintained path however it is worth noting that it is steep in places.
- Glen Affric is considered to be the finest of all Scotland’s glens. It features a fabulous variety of scenery and is popular with walkers – head to Plodda Falls or Dog Falls to explore the rapids and spectacular waterfalls
- The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition at Drumnadrochit – this exhibition takes visitors through seven themed areas exploring Loch Ness from its beginnings and revealing the history and legends of this world famous loch!