Fort Augustus Location Location Location
We all know that the key to success when buying a house or choosing a holiday is location, location, location – that’s why we bought Old School 11 holiday apartment in Fort Augustus Abbey! The Highland Club is the only multi apartment rental resort that’s situated bang in the centre of Fort Augustus location and with direct access to the shore of Loch Ness.
But that’s not all …
Fort Augustus location is widely recognised locally, and by anyone who’s been here, as the best place on Loch Ness for a holiday base, whether it be for walking, biking, touring or getting out on the water.
See our Walk around Fort Augustus article
Walking trails around Fort Augustus
The Great Glen Way which follows the north side of Loch Ness runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south. The trail passes through Fort Augustus and consequently most walkers on the trail look forward to stopping off in the village for RRR – (rest, relaxation and recuperation) and I know first hand, that there’s no better place to enjoy that, than here on the southern end of Loch Ness. There are bars, restaurants and all types of accommodation.
The South Loch Ness Trail
This recently opened trail starts in Fort Augustus, though officially it starts several miles up the hill at Loch Tarff. Purists however, treat the start as Fort Augustus, or Inverness if you’re walking from the other end. The route takes the quiet and beautiful, south side of Loch Ness. Most people end up or start off from Fort Augustus and many walkers now choose to link up the two trails ( this one and the Great Glen Way) to do a full circuit of Loch Ness. See our article about the weather at Loch Ness
Anyone who likes walking will love the choice walks, long and short, when staying in Fort Augustus. The location has routes to suit all abilities, from gentle canal strolls to some of the most challenging terrain in Scotland. Incidentally, off road cycling is also popular here as these trails also allow cycling. Roadsters too, have many miles of quiet tarmac roads which include challenging hill climbs and long descents to enjoy. The now famous Etape Loch Ness cycle race passes through Fort Augustus every year so it’s a good base to get some practice if you are a competitive road racer.
Great Glen Canoe Trail
Anyone who likes to get onto the water in canoes will appreciate Fort Augustus as a holiday location, being on the shore of Loch Ness. The Caledonian Canal dissects the village and the River Oich and Tarff both enter Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. The Great Glen Canoe Trail passes through the village, again making Fort Augustus a popular stopover for paddlers doing the trail. From here too,there are nearby opportunities to try some more challenging waters for experienced kayakers.
Fort Augustus Location for Touring
Geographically, Fort Augustus is located near the centre of the Highlands, situated midway between Inverness, Fort William and the Isle of Skye and the West coast. All are a little over an hour away by car. The East coast and Morayshire distilleries are also easily accessed from Fort Augustus. You can hire bikes, canoes , cruise on Loch Ness, play a round of golf without ever leaving the village. So it really is an ideal location for a Highland holiday that appeals to many different people.
I should of course mention our very own monster! and that, from the nearby Fort Augustus Abbey, Nessie was seen by one of the Benedictine monks. I should also add that a great deal of wine was brewed by the monks of old so the sighting was never taken very seriously by those who knew him!! Seriously though, the grounds of the abbey are perfect for a spell of quiet Nessie spotting. If you want to see more about staying at the abbey you couldn’t find better than our own Old School 11 apartment.