Boats moored at Fort Augustus

Five Things to Do in Fort Augustus

As we head into a new year, the Visit Inverness Loch Ness Team are offering you insights into what exciting opportunities await should you choose to Visit Inverness Loch Ness in 2017. Here we take a look at some of the great activities on offer in the Fort Augustus area...

At the southern tip of Loch Ness, sitting astride the Caledonian Canal, is the village of Fort Augustus – a popular stop for road-trippers touring Loch Ness. But plan to stay a while longer and there are a number of attractions to enjoy...

Caledonian Canal Centre

This living museum combines a canal-side building with the working lock flight right outside its doors. Open seven days a week, the centre offers visitors a chance to explore the rich history of the Caledonian Canal as well as offering a gift shop selling guides to and souvenirs of the area. The centre is also a booking point for water-based and adrenaline-fulled activities with local providers Active Highs and Boots & Paddles – perfect for those who want to really engage with this amazing environment!

Cruise Loch Ness

With Fort Augustus enjoying one of the best vistas of legendary Loch Ness, this is a great place to head out on a pleasure cruise of the local waters. Cruise Loch Ness is based by the canal swing bridge in the centre of the village and offers choice of ways to take to the water. Choose a leisurely cruise out past Cherry Island, with amazing views back to Fort Augustus abbey – with ample opportunity to explore what lies beneath with the fleet’s superb sonar, or opt for an adrenaline inducing thrill-ride on one of the speedy RIB vessels (inside seats are available for the faint hearted or styled-haired!)


The Clansman Centre

This 17th Century living museum is open from March to October seven days a week from 10am and offers an exciting peep into our area’s past. Set within a 19th Century school house, the Clansman Centre combines an immersive experience with live interactions, allowing visitors to truly step back in time and learn about Highland History. Visit the traditional “turf house” and meet a tartan-clad clansman who will explain all about the everyday lives of our local forefathers – from how they baked to how they battled!


Fort Augustus Golf Course 


Described as one of The Highlands’ “hidden gems” the course at Fort Augustus comprises nine holes with two tee positions running alongside the Caledonian Canal.
Designed by Harry Shapland Colt, the heathland course features primarily natural hazards, with a selection of long and short holes of varying difficulty earning it a reputation as the most challenging nine hole course in the country.
Tee off and enjoy a demanding round in spectacular surroundings before retiring to the licensed club house to enjoy some great Highland hospitality.
For more information or to book contact Fort Augustus Golf Club directly on 01320 366660 or email


Corrieyairack Pass (General Wade’s Military Road)

One for the experienced hikers and bikers – this 25 mile route between Laggan and Fort Augustus takes in a 770m high pass across the Monadhliath mountains offering spectacular views across the surrounding area.
Originally used by the Highland cattle drovers, the route was adopted by General Wade as he created his network of roads to allow troop movements across the area – although ironically the first troops to use the “road” were those of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Army!
Closed to vehicles, apart from maintenance, the route also plays host to Scotland’s toughest mountain duathlon, the Corrieyairack Challenge.


Fort Augustus village

Want to come and stay? You can find some great Fort Augustus accommodation options on our website!