Some of our favourite things to do at Loch Ness
Trying to describe all the things to do in the Loch Ness area for vistors is a mammoth task. Rather, I will offer up a few of our personal favourite things to do at Loch Ness and surrounding area. Hopefully my suggestions will help you find some of your favourite things to do in the area.
Fort Augustus itself is a great little village with plenty to look at – many people spend their entire holiday relaxing at the Highland Club and nearby cafe tables on the Caledonian canal and watch the boats go through the locks to/from Loch Ness. Closer to home, before leaving the grounds please see the list of facilities at the Highland Club
On the doorstep is the South Loch Ness Trail but there’s a host of footpaths around Fort Augustus and canal, river and lochside trails – some gentle, some not so gentle. For more challenging walking, Glen Affric is hard to beat – see http://www.glenaffric.org/glen_affric.html You can walk as far as you like, even walking around Loch Affric – that takes a full day.
On Loch Ness from Fort Augustus are just outside the abbey grounds – they start on the canal. See www.cruiselochness.com Plus an an adrenaline fix power boat trip to Urquhart Castle leaves from the same place. There are also boat tours from Inverness along the Caledonian canal or from the Clansman Hotel, north of Drumnadrochit, which go to Urquhart Castle. More info on www.jacobite.co.uk
Urquhart Castle is the most iconic landmark on Loch Ness. Of all the things to do, it’s the one you shouldn’t miss. Just eight miles away from Fort Augustus, near Drumnadrochit, you can explore the ruins and spend an hour or two in the exhibition centre there. It’s well worth a visit.
Golf – Fort Augustus golf course is within walking distance. You can buy one day and weekly passes at the Highland Club. The course, which was laid out in 1924 along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, is widely regarded as the most challenging nine hole golf course in Scotland.
Things to do ( a bit further afield)
The beaches along the Moray coast to the east of Inverness offer good walking too – miles of them ! http://www.morayways.org.uk/moray-coast-trail.asp
Going to see the dolphins is another wonderful day out http://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/ . The best place to see Dolphins from land is at Chanonry Point, just north of Inverness. On the north shore of the Moray Firth where the land juts out into the Firth, it almost meets the land on the south shore at Fort George. http://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/watch/chanonry-point.html
The dolphins come in on the rising tide following the fish and often come very close to the north shore. Best time to be there is 2 – 3 hours before high tide, but remember, the dolphins are wild and sightings are not guaranteed ! See the Moray Firth Dolphins on YouTube
Fort George – Exploring the battlements and parade grounds at Fort George is a most enjoyable day for all.
Perhaps a trip to the Culloden battlefield near Inverness is for you ? The Culloden visitor centre will give you an excellent idea of the battle description and aftermath. See – Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre