Overlooking the legendary waters of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a historic village that lies partway along the Caledonian Canal. It was originally known as Kiliwhimin and was renamed Fort Augustus following the Jacobite Rising of 1715. In the 19th century, an abbey was established here by Benedictine monks.
At the Caledonian Canal Centre, you can learn about the history of this Scottish waterway, which connects Inverness with Fort William. Pick up local produce at the gift shop, grab an artisan ice cream or dine on traditional Scottish dishes at the on-site cafe.
One of the village’s most charming landmarks is the Fort Augustus Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1840 at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal. It’s referred to as a “pepperpot lighthouse” due to its shape and size, with its short, round tower topped by a conical roof. Follow the canal-side walking trail that leads to the lighthouse, from where there are magnificent views across Loch Ness.
Fort Augustus is around a one-hour drive from Inverness and Inverness Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses travel to Fort Augustus and the village is small enough to explore on foot.