Have you visited Fort Augustus yet? Nestled deep in the Scottish Highlands, this charming village is the perfect place to retreat to on holiday, with breathtaking Scottish scenery, rolling heather-clad hills, and an expansive loch where famous monster Nessie is said to lurk, proving attractive magnets for tourists from all over.
Situated between Inverness and Fort William, this charming historic settlement is understandably a holiday hot spot, with plenty of activities and events on offer.
One of the most popular things to do here is take a boat ride across Loch Ness, where the aforementioned water monster is rumoured to hide out. Cruise Loch Ness and Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises are just two of the companies that offer tours across the stretch of water. Take your seat as you watch the striking scenery of the Highlands pass by, all while searching for the glimpse of the elusive Nessie. Both tours also stop by the world-famous Urquhart Castle, where you can lean about Scotland’s past. It’s so impressive pop star Madonna chose to marry Guy Richie here!
If history is your thing, make sure to also consider a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, which is just a short day trip away in the picturesque village of Dornie. Some claim is the most beautiful castle in the world, and we can see why.
Those who fancy quite literally stepping back in time should definitely pencil in a visit to the Clansman Centre, where costumed actors will transport you back to 17th century Scotland. You’ll learn all about how Highlanders lived and survived in the past, as well finding out details of the clan system, and facts about traditional Scots dress. If you get really caught up in the mood you can even treat yourself to a memento of your day from the on-site Celtic craft shop.
Are you an explorer at heart? Then you may want to get out and about and see the best of Fort Augustus on foot. You’ll need to pack your hiking boots, but the Great Glen Way is one of the most popular walking routes in the area, and showcases the best of the scenery. You might want to just check out part of it though – it takes five to six days to walk in full!
And summer holidaymakers also shouldn't miss the famous Inverness Highland Games, where they’ll witness everything from the tossing of the caber to performances of our national dance.
Golf is massive in Scotland, and if the sport ticks the boxes for you, what better way to relax during than to enjoy a round or two at Fort Augustus Golf Club? One of the most scenic golf clubs around, enjoy overlooking the banks of the CaledonianCanal near Loch Ness as you play. And you’ll get a chance to really perfect your shots, with Fort Augustus’ club a traditional heathland course, widely regarded as the most challenging nine hole course in Scotland. Go on, show us what you’re made of!
There are also plenty of water sports to enjoy, as well as fishing, whisky trails, wildlife tours and much more to partake in during your stay.
Or if you just want to kick back and enjoy some good food and drink – including of course a nice wee dram – there are plenty of eateries and bars to sample, not least the The Boathouse loch-side restaurant, which is part of Grace Darling’s on-site Highland Club facilities.
There’s so much to see and do in Fort Augustus and you’ll never forget your stay here. We have a whole range of stunning properties perfect for all holidaymakers, situated in the grounds of the sympathetically converted Fort Augustus Abbey, one of the area’s most striking locations, which provide a truly unique base. Take a look today to see what we've got – we bet you’ll be impressed.