Fort Augustus with its flight of 5 locks is one of the most picturesque stops along the canal and a busy village during the cruising season.
The lock flight can take about 1-1.5 hours to negotiate, so it’s important to make sure you allow plenty of time and arrive well in advance. There is usually sufficient berthing available at the top and bottom of the lock flight. Scottish Canals facilities available here are: toilets & showers, shore power, drinking water, laundry, recycling. There are also a number of shops and eateries to choose from.
The Fort Augustus Tourist Information Centre is located within the main car park. They should be able to assist you with any local information you require. Tel: 01320 345 156
The Lock Inn – Traditional, dog-friendly pub serving food beside the lock flight. DOG FRIENDLY
Tel: 01320 366 302
The Bothy – Busy Bar & Restaurant beside the lock flight (DOG FRIENDLY - in the bar). 01320 366 710
The Lovat – Choice between a brasserie and a three AA rosette restaurant within the Lovat Hotel. Also has a bar & lounge area. Located about 300 metres from the swing bridge, along the main road.
Tel: 01456 490 000
The Boathouse – Popular restaurant at the south shores of Loch Ness with great views of the loch. A footpath leads passed the old abbey to the southern end of Loch Ness.
Tel: 01320 366 682
Canal side Chip Shop – Traditional Chip Shop takeaway. Located next to the upper locks.
Tel: 01320 366 456
Great Glen Trading Centre – A small grocer is located within the local filling station beside the swing bridge, next to the Tourist Information. There is also a post office branch, a gift shop and a cash machine.
D J Macdougall Butcher – Traditional Family Butchers. Award winning Haggis! Beside the upper locks.
Tel: 01320 366 214
Iceberg Glass – Glassblowing studio & workshop with a range of contemporary glass artwork, incl. jewellery and decorations. Located on the main road, close to the swing bridge.
Tel: 01456 450 601
Girvans Hardware - Hardware store also offering bike repair, sales & hire, fishing supplies, electrical goods. Also available is bike hire, incl. electric bikes! Located about 0.5 miles from the lock flight along the main road.
Tel: 01320 366 864
Sights & Activities
Caledonian Canal Centre – Explore everything the 200-year-old waterway has to offer. Located next to the lock flight. Open daily.
Tel: 01320 366 493
The Clansman Centre – Celtic crafts, Scottish armoury, leather goods. Located beside the swing bridge.
Tel: 01320 366 444
Fort Augustus Golf Club – Traditional moorland 9-holes course located not far from the top locks, about 0.75 miles (15 min walk) from the lock flight.
Tel: 01320 366 660
Ness’E Bikes – Electric bike hire for effortless cycling and mountain bike hire, located in the local hardware store (Girvans), about 0.5 miles from the lock flight along the main road.
Tel: 01320 366 864
Great Glen Adventures – Guided walks, rock climbing & abseiling adventures. Contact via website or facebook.
Fort Augustus - Kytra Lock Towpath
This 2.5 miles easy walk is along the old towpath on the Caledonian Canal, from Fort Augustus to Kytra Lock.
Taxis & Transport
Great Glen Travel - 01809 501 222; mobile 07713 640 990