10 Things to Do in Fort Augustus That You Shouldn't Miss

July 19, 2017 Lashaunda Abraham

Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. The village has a population of around 646 (2001); its economy is heavily reliant on tourism.
Restaurants in Fort Augustus

1. Cruise Loch Ness

Emporium Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD, Scotland
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Cruise Loch Ness

Day & Evening Tours - Exhilarating RIB Trips - Scenic Cruises - Loch Ness Transfers - Private Hire & Weddings - On the Worlds most famous Loch

Reviewed By TCR555 - Doncaster, United Kingdom

Took the 1 hour trip from Fort Augustus. Nice clean boat and very welcoming crew. There were plenty of customers so the top deck was pretty full on a nice day. Great views of Loch Ness and good informative commentary. refreshments were available, shame the beer wasn't colder but tasted good nonetheless. there are plenty of options for boat trips around the loch but the added bonus is getting to the locks in operation in Fort Augustus. Reasonable price at £14 a head for what you get. We really enjoyed the trip!
 

2. Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus, Scotland
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Fort Augustus

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 By ripley054 - Gateshead, United Kingdom

Ideal place to spend an hour or two whilst touring around Loch Ness. Lots of cafes, shops and amenities as well as a good car and coach park. It was also fun being able to watch boats coming down the series of locks in the town

3. Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

Ardchattan House Canalside, Fort Augustus PH32 4BA, Scotland +44 1320 366493
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Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

We provide information and interpretation on the history of the Caledonian Canal, as well as an activities booking service and gift shop. Come and learn about the canal, sign up for some canoeing, whitewater rafting or canyoning, and take home some unique souvenirs made by Scottish designers and manufacturers. We have maps and information on how you can travel along the length of the Caledonian Canal, or the Great Glen Way between each of the stopping-off points, how long it will take, facilities, etc. The canal and lock gates outside our door make up the living museum which is the Caledonian Canal.

Reviewed By NavG - Australia

Always wanted to see this type of stepped canal system. Boat crossing take place every hour. Brilliant educational experience for the Kids and Adults. Well worth the time to watch the crossing as water is allowed into the different section to lift or lower the boats to account for the difference in height on the two lakes it joins.

4. The Clansman Centre

Beside the A82 and the Caledonian Canal on the western point of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD, Scotland +44 1320 366444
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The Clansman Centre

Reviewed By SJCiren - Bristol

The centre has live shows to give visitors a real taste of life as an early Highlander. These need to be booked in advance however. Unfortunately our visit didn't tie in with any show availability, but the museum exhibits were still interesting, and the owner was incredibly generous with his time and talked us through various pieces of historical interest. He's also super genned up on whisky and really knows his Distilleries! The shop is crammed full of wonderful Highland treats.

5. Iceberg Glass

Main Road, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD, Scotland +44 1456 450601
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5 based on 38 reviews

Iceberg Glass

Glass-blowing studio where you will see glass being heated, shaped and blown to form a range of contemporary jewellery, Scottish souvenirs, whisky pipettes, vases, hanging decorations and, of course, Nessies! Please note, glass-blower not always working on torch. Open daily Summer months, closed Jan-Feb, shut Mondays other times.

Reviewed By mantasatnite - Laguna Niguel, California

We were visiting Fort Augustus and happened upon this shop while the proprietor was making a small ornament. We watched for a bit and my wife was intrigued with her work and purchased a couple of item. After returning to the states my wife indicated...MoreThank You mantasatnite for the nice comments, especially the reference to being a young lady! We will be happy to send items if desired. Cheers.

6. Fort Augustus iCentre

Fort Augustus Car Park The Car Park | Inverness-shire, Fort Augustus PH32 4DD, Scotland +44 1320 345156
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Fort Augustus iCentre

Reviewed By Bill C - Nova Scotia

We found out a lot of information at the Canal information spot, but this place has maps of the general area and more. Super staff helped us with our trip. Thanks!

7. General Wade’s Military Roads

Fort Augustus PH32 4BY, Scotland
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General Wade’s Military Roads

Reviewed By Viewlander - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Absolutely worth using this road. The views are stunning and there are places to stop for photographs. Can't understand reviews that seem worried about it being narrow- there are signs telling you this everywhere!

8. Ness E' Bikes

Fort William Road | Girvans Hardware Store, Fort Augustus PH32 4BH, Scotland +44 1320 366864
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Ness E' Bikes

We have electric bike and mountain bike hire fleets located in Girvans Hardware, Fort Augustus. We provide helmets, locks and information on routes. Taking a bike out for an hour or a day is a great way to explore the area, with Mountains, lochs, Forests, canals and monsters on your door step it would be rude not to. There are trails to suit all abilities.

Reviewed By JTDaprince - Peterborough, United Kingdom

This was the most seamless, enjoyable and easy transaction I've ever done...and that's the point - these guys made it feel like we were simply borrowing the bikes but in a way where we borrowed the right ones, with the right accessories and were pointed...MoreGlad you's had a great time on the bikes and enjoyed the scenery. We look forward to seeing you again if you come back to Fort Augusts. Many thanks

9. Monster Activities

Highland Club, Fort Augustus PH32 4DB, Scotland
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Monster Activities

Monster Activities offers Target sports of Archery, Air Rifle Claypigeon Shooting, Tomahawk & Knife Throwing.

Reviewed By MikeJinBucks - Bucks

Having spent a very enjoyable holiday on the Caledonian Canal, we thought we would spend the night moored up at the Water Park. We did not see inside the Chalet’s but noted that the outsides looked very tired and unkempt.
An advertised attraction was ‘Monster Activities’ with various photographs of what was on offer. However, most of the boats, canoes and facilities had not been serviced or attended to for many years. The door the ladies changing room is now hanging off, one canoe is in two pieces and a small cabin cruiser used to transport members of the public looks as though is was last seen in a Spielberg movie – at the bottom of the ocean. This is a wonderful spot, but this place is letting the whole area down
I hope something can be done

10. Coppers Scottish Made Gifts

Unit 1 Canalside, Fort Augustus PH32 4AU, Scotland +44 7710 225513
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Coppers Scottish Made Gifts

Reviewed By RJFLD - Carnforth

Lovely shop (Coopers not Coppers as listed on Trip Advisor) in nicest part of the town at the side of the locks.
Interior is well laid out with plenty of space to look round and the stuff on sale is all high quality, none of the usual run of the mill "tourist tat" often available in the most popular places (though if that's what you're after there are other places to go to here, try next door to the petrol station).
Probably not worth a special journey (fairly limited amount of stock) but a must if you're in Fort Augustus anyway.

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