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Owner description: This imposing old fort, which was incorporated into the Benedictine Abbey in 1876, is bisected by the Caledonian Canal, where to the north the canal enters the famous Loch Ness and into the village itself through a series of locks.
Reviewed 30 July 2014

At the bottom of L och Ness stop and have a wander. Enjoy the locks stepping up to the caledonian canal and the engineering plus labour that required to build this still working wonder.Have a coffee at many of the little cafes and pick up a souvenir at the local shops

Thank Jim W
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Picturesque, good choice of restaurants and bars. Beautiful views of Loch Ness from the Boathouse restaurant - you can get a nice glass of wine and sit outside. Sunny day? Find a picnic table beside the canal locks, enjoy a pint and watch the boats going up and down the canal locks - strangely captivating! We whiled away a whole afternoon.

1  Thank Debbie C
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed here for a fortnight in July in a superb self catering cottage just by the canal in Fort Augustus so had views of the variety of boats coming through the Canal and also a wonderful view to the rear of our cottage of the River Oich - the garden led down to the river which was superb plus we could fish for trout unless you purchase a salmon permit.There are loads of Bed and Breakfasts plus some lovely hotels or self cater chalets to rent.A great place for walks or fishing .You can walk along the bank of the Oich or venture a little bit higher into the Pine forests.Take a camera or Video Camera and look out for the Deer.There are lots of tracks that are great for a walk even if you are there for only a couple of hours.Good idea to take a picnic with you if you are planning to spend a few hours walking.Totally suitable for children and a nice place to walk your dogs.

Places to Eat
1.The Loch Inn - right by the canal you can eat inside or outside and watch the boats go up and down the canal .Lovely food with a takeaway menu and good beer and whisky.Good atmosphere.
2.The Bothy- great food ,cask ales but more of a restaurant.Good in the evening.
3.The Little Neuk cafe bar near the Loch Inn - a good place for rolls and a coffee plus you can sit outside if you are a smoker.
4.Canal Side Fish and Chip Shop - superb great value cooked to order on the same side as the Loch Inn but a bit higher up.
5.The Boat House is really great only a short stroll from where you book your boat trips for Loch Ness - although a lot of the menus are based on a Turkish theme it does traditional menus and childrens menus and very reasonably priced.Lovely to sit outside and have a coffee and cake mid morning 11ish and later a snack to eat at lunchtime watching the ducks and hoping to have a glimpse of Nessie particularly as there is a telescope you can use right by the restuarant.A great place to get away from the crowds as about 12noon Fort Augustus is heaving with tourists so nowhere to sit .

Things to do
1.The Royal Scott - tour of Loch Ness - goes each hour for an hour - bar on board,snacks,,toilet and a commentary.No need to book.
2..Childrens Animal Park by the garage- a sweet place to go not many animals and the fee is for the honesty box.Fun for adults too only small but sweet.
1.The Millshop - lots of traditional Scottish gifts
2.The/Spar Garage Shop - Great selection of gifts.


There are 2 of them .The one by the Post Ofiice doesn't charge a fee but the one by the Garage Shop charges £1.50 .

Useful for your trip
1.Parking is next door to the garage shop for a fee and next door is the tourist information centre with Public toilets behind.
2.If you want to buy local strawberries they are usually sold daily from 10ish behind the Tourist information centre.
3.You can buy postcards from most places but lottery tickets and stamps plus scratch cards and papers/magazines go to the post office .
4.A hairdresser in the village
5.A good butchers.
6.A grocery store by the canal and the Spar shop in the garage store both excellent.

5  Thank monketteDouglasIOM
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Stopped here for refreshments whilst touring Loch Ness and took some photos of the Caledonian canal and boats and the filling of the Lock Ladders.
I watched the piper play and took more photos

1  Thank 983joans
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

We drove up from our Fort William accommodation. It is a lovely scenic drive - especially if you get to witness a boat passing from Loch Oich into the Caledonian Canal via the swing bridge. (There is a small car park about 150m before this - where you can park and then walk down to the swing bridge & suspension bridge)
Fort Augustus is a very cute place. The locks here are very compact. We didn't get to see any boats maneuvering through them, but we kept watching and hoping because there was a yacht in the bottom lock and a large tourist boat in the top lock - but there seemed to be an impasse. Neither one was moving - then the yatchie trounced off to go for lunch in the local pub ! Scotlands version of the wild west, maybe.
Every vista is worth photographing. We walked down both sides of the canal towards Loch Ness. Different things to see on both sides and the vista of Loch Ness is slightly different too.
Found some great souvenirs/gifts for the folks at home - in the shop next to the petrol station in the main street. The towns main car park is just the other side of the petrol station. Need to pay for parking. There are enough eateries and places for coffee.
The main thing to do here is watch the action on the locks and/or go for a cruise on Loch Ness - various craft leave from here. There is a Clansman Centre - which has a shop and presentations - but none while we were there. Apparently 'Old Ken' is a very good presenter.
We just enjoyed the loveliness of Fort Augustus. Cute place.

1  Thank pip2013
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