Urquhart Castle: One of the Highlands most iconic castles, the medieval ruin towers over the Great Glen.
Walking & Cycling: There are many wonderful woodland, loch-side and river paths in the area. The 73 mile long Great Glen Way runs through Fort Augustus from Fort William to Inverness and past Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain.
Climbing: The highlands offer some of the most exhilarating rock climbing opportunities, with plenty of challenges for any skill level. Over 35 Munros can be found within an hours drive of the Abbey.
Golf: Why not try the championship course at Nairn, or enjoy the local course at Fort Augustus.
Skiing: Aonach Mor offers skiing for all levels, chair lift reach is 1200 mtrs, thirty minutes drive away.
Fine Dining: visit Inverlochy Castle, one of Scotland’s finest country manor house hotels and enjoy a meal in their award-winning restaurant.
Mountain Biking: Aonach Mor is also one of Scotland’s most popular bike runs, and offers stunning views.
Cruising Tours: Boat operators in Fort Augustus offer trips along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness.
Steam Rail Journey: Always voted one of the world’s great rail journeys, a must for visitors to the Highlands. The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William through spectacular scenery and over the world-famous 21-arch viaduct recently featured in the Harry Potter films. Mid-May to mid-October.
Water Sports: White water rafting, yachting, motor-cruising & canoeing can be arranged locally.
Country Pursuits: A wealth of country pursuits are available in season. Game or clay pigeon shooting, river or loch fishing, and stalking, all under the expert guidance of local ghillies and stalkers.
Distillery Tours: Ben Nevis Distillery, Glen Ord, Tomatin and Dalwhinnie, tastings and tours available.
Highland Games: Throughout the region during the summer months, you’ll find the local villages hosting their annual games. Fort Augustus’ games take place in early August.
Summer Concerts: The annual Rock Ness concert takes place on the shores of Loch Ness in mid June.
Ft. Augustus village: The pretty village with its ladder of locks is just a few minutes' walk from the Abbey and offers a good selection of shops, restaurants, amenities, a visitor centre and museum. Watch the pleasure boats navigating through Thomas Telford's flight of locks on the Caledonian canal.
Historic Places: Visit one of the many historic houses, castles and gardens in the vicinity.
Touring: Magnificent drives through the glens and mountains of the Highlands, along the shores of the lochs, through some of the world’s most beautiful unspoilt landscapes, including Glen Coe, Glen Affric, Grampian Mountains, Glen Garry, Glen Mor and the Isle of Skye.
Waterfalls: Visit the nearby Gorge & 100ft Falls of Foyers, as well as the 100ft Plodda Falls at Glen Affric.
Helicopter Rides: View Loch Ness, the Abbey and the Highlands from the sky. This is definitely the most exciting way to see the dramatic scenery.
Power Boat Trips: The most exhilarating experience, travel the entire length of Loch Ness in a high speed power boat with a knowledgable guide. Trips are available from Fort Augustus village.