Local Area & Attractions

Fort Augustus Abbey

Indoor pool and sauna in the historic chapel, loch-side restaurant, private harbour & mooring, club lounge, snooker, table tennis, fitness room, BBQ, croquet, tennis, badminton, fishing and more.

After a day of walking in the hills or sightseeing, there’s nothing nicer than a visit to the sauna and pool, with views out over the Scottish hills through the stone-mullioned chapel windows!

 

Fort Augustus village

The pretty village with its ladder of locks is just a few minutes’ walk from the Abbey and offers a good selection of shops, restaurants, amenities, a visitor centre and museum.

Watch the pleasure boats navigating through Thomas Telford’s flight of locks on the Caledonian canal.

Loch Ness

Home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, Scotland’s most famous loch.

Stunning scenery, spectacular mountain setting, ever-changing colours throughout the seasons.

The Boys Dormitory has one of the best loch views in the abbey, with a huge arched window framing the view up the loch – a wonderful place to sit with a good novel and watch the light changing on the water!

Cruising Tours

Boat operators in Fort Augustus offer trips along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness.

For the most exhilarating experience, travel the entire length of Loch Ness in a high speed power boat with a knowledgeable guide. Trips are available from Fort Augustus village.

Steam Rail Journey

Always voted one of the world’s great rail journeys, a must for visitors to the Highlands.

The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William through spectacular scenery and over the world-famous 21-arch viaduct recently featured in the Harry Potter films.

Mid-May to mid-October.

Distillery Tours

Ben Nevis Distillery, Glen Ord, Tomatin and Dalwhinnie, tastings and tours available.

There are also a number of whisky tour operators in Inverness.

Walking & Cycling

There are many wonderful woodland, loch-side and river paths in the area. The 73 mile long Great Glen Way runs through Fort Augustus from Fort William to Inverness and past Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain.

Visit the nearby Gorge & 100ft Falls of Foyers, as well as the 100ft Plodda Falls at Glen Affric.

Climbing

The highlands offer some of the most exhilarating rock climbing opportunities, with plenty of challenges for any skill level.

Over 35 Munros can be found within an hours drive of the Abbey.

Country Pursuits

A wealth of country pursuits are available in season.

Game or clay pigeon shooting, river or loch fishing, and stalking, all under the expert guidance of local ghillies and stalkers.

Highland Games

Throughout the region during the summer months, you’ll find the local villages hosting their annual games.

For information of timings, contact the local tourist boards.

Golf

Why not try the championship course at Nairn, or enjoy the local course at Fort Augustus.

 

Skiing

Aonach Mor offers skiing for all levels, chair lift reach is 1200 mtrs, thirty minutes drive away.

Touring

Magnificent drives through the glens and mountains of the Highlands, along the shores of the lochs, through some of the world’s most beautiful unspoilt landscapes, including Glen Coe, Glen Affric, Grampian Mountains, Glen Garry, Glen Mor and the Isle of Skye.

Each year the region attracts many millions of visitors to witness its sheer beauty, majestic mountains, rivers, lochs and glens in one of the world’s most spectacular unspoilt landscapes.

Historic castles

Urquhart Castle is one of the Highlands most iconic castles. The medieval ruin towers over the Great Glen, and is visible from the loch on many of the boat tours.

Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, appearing on many shortbread tins and postcards. Its magical position on a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet makes it a magnet for photographers, with amazing lighting in the morning and evening.

Water Sports

White water rafting, yachting, motor-cruising & canoeing can be arranged locally.

Helicopter Rides

View Loch Ness, the Abbey and the Highlands from the sky. This is definitely the most exciting way to see the dramatic scenery.