Visit Fort Augustus In The Scottish Highlands
Published: Monday 31st Jul 2017
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
There's nowhere on earth like the Scottish Highlands to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern day rat race.
The spectacular scenery will take your breath away whilst the freshness of the air will leave you feeling completely replenished.
The village of Fort Augustus lies at the south west end of Loch Ness and is the perfect central retreat to base yourself to discover the delights of the Highlands.
Loch Ness recently featured as the backdrop for the haunting ITV drama “The Loch” featuring Laura Fraser and Siobhan Finneran.
Why not enjoy the eerie silence of the world famous Loch Ness for yourself by cruise and hear all about Nessie. The cruise is the perfect way to enjoy the fullness of the loch and the surrounding scenery as most of the area is inaccessible by car. Take in the spectacular mountains - look out for the kamikaze mountain goats! The tour guides will inform you all about the local history and wildlife.
If you are short of time and your stomach can handle it, why not be a bit more daring and try the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) cruise? This boat has a maximum speed of 40 knots. There's a choice of four cruises…Urquhart Castle, Half Day Thrill Ride, Monster Blast and Finding Nessie. Contact Cruise Loch Ness for more information on prices and times.
Urquhart Castle served for over 500 years as a medieval fortress throughout which many battles took place. It changed hands umpteen times during the wars of independence between the Scots and the English. It offers stunning views of Loch Ness particularly from the Grant Tower battlements. Urquhart Castle is accessible by road, or can be a drop off point as part of one of the cruises.
If you are feeling adventurous and energetic, the Great Glen Way is a route especially designed for walkers, cyclists and canoeists and is another great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. At 117km all in, it's not for the faint hearted. The route stretches from coast to coast along the Caledonian Canal from Inverness to Fort William. A new route has recently been added to the Way between Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit taking you higher up to offer even more magnificent views.
The Caledonian Canal was engineered by Thomas Telford in the 19th century. Only one third is manmade, the rest being made up of, Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are twenty nine locks in all including eight at Neptune’s staircase with lies just to the north of Fort William. At Fort Augustus there is an interesting ladder of locks that lowers boats onto Loch Ness. Further interesting information can be found at the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre in Fort Augustus.
Further to the west more relaxed way to take in the scenery is on the Jacobite Express. The 84 mile steam train journey from Fort William to Mallaig takes 2 hours. This route goes over the Glenfinnan viaduct which was made famous by the Harry Potter films. It is therefore very popular and is best booked well in advance of your trip.