Fort Augustus is a small village on the most southern tip of Loch Ness. A picturesque place with lots of see and do, and also the gateway between Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.
This is a pretty village where you can watch the boats go through the locks, with places to eat and drink, shopping and history. So it’s a wonderful place to stop and relax.
In 1822, Scottish engineer Thomas Telford completed his new project, the Caledonian Canal, connecting up the Scottish east and west coasts. The canal cut right through the village. Featuring the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland, known as Neptune’s Staircase.
Today, the Caledonian Canal is still very much in use, both for sailing vessels and walkers and cyclists. You can find out more about it at the Caledonian Canal Centre in Fort Augustus. As well as pick up some souvenirs and enjoy fresh local produce in the café.