What to do in Fort Augustus

Where to eat?  Where to shop?

Want to know what to do in Fort Augustus?  Well you need never be bored because there are so many things to do.  Physical activities like walking, cycling and canoing or more leisurely ones such as wandering around the village learning about the history of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal or sitting by the side of the canal with a drink watching the boats negotiate the locks and swing bridge.

Restaurants & Cafes

We have excellent pubs in the village, The Bothy, the Lock Inn and the Richmond House Hotel. The Boathouse restaurant is on the shores of Loch Ness with amazing views.  The Moorings is a cafe/takeaway and we have an excellent Fish & Chip shop, all cooked fresh to order.  We have three large hotels that offer different dining experiences, the Caledonian Hotel, the Inch Hotel and the Lovat Hotel.


We have an excellent range of individual shops including a glass blowing studio, gift shops, mill shop for tartan, clothing and wool, hairdressers, food shop, butchers and a beauty studio at the Lovat Hotel.

Clansman Centre

Visit the Clansman Centre for some information on 'Highlands Life'.

Live Music

In summer many of the pubs and hotels have live music in the evenings.


During July and August a Ceilidh (Scottish dance) is held every Wednesday night from 7.30 to 10pm in the village hall, visitors welcome.

Cruise Loch Ness

Boats depart hourly, also longer cruises to Urquhart Castle, evening sundowner cruise and a meal cruise to Dores.

Heritage Trail

Take a walk around Fort Augustus and see some of the important landmarks and learn of the interesting history of this lovely village.  

Caledonian Canal

Have a drink or lunch at the side of the canal and watch the boats navigate the 5 locks. You may also see the swing bridge operating.

Rare Breeds Centre

20 acre park with highland cattle, red deer, rabbits, poultry, pheasants, ducks and geese.

Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

Free entry to this centre showing the history of the canal.

Go for a walk

Well signposted walks from 1 hour to 4 hours.  We are also on the Great Glen Way, a 79 mile walk from Fort William to Inverness.

Ride a Bike

Day, half day and evening rates for bike hire from Morags Lodge.  Bike hire and electric bike hire also available from Girvan's Hardware store.  Maps and helmets included. The Corrieyairack Pass runs for 40km from Fort Augustus and is for serious mountain bikers and walkers only.

Take a Canoe

The Great Glen Way was opened up for canoeists in 2012.

Play golf

Interesting and challenging 9 hole golf course next to the canal with dual tee positions giving the course a true 18 hole feel, watch out for the sheep!

Monster Activities

White water rafting, clay pigeon shooting, tomahawks and knife throwing, canoeing, abseiling, archery and air rifle.

Great Glen Adventures

Mountain and low level guided walks, abseiling and climbing.

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