On the southern shore of Loch Ness lies the picturesque village of Fort Augustus which offers a delightful array of small shops, bars and restaurants. It is locally referred to as the gateway to Loch Ness as from here the whole of Loch Ness is at your fingertips. The location of Fort Augustus also makes it an ideal base for Highland holidays, and you will find a great selection of lochside holiday cottages, stylish apartments and lodges. There is plenty for tourists to see and do on the doorstep of this historic village and enough charm and character to make you fall in love with the place, as the many visitors who return year after year will testify. Take a cruise on the loch and relax as you sail effortlessly along the seemingly untouched surface of the glistening water. Adrenaline lovers will prefer a fast RIB speedboat ride to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Take a family adventure in hired kayaks or canoes and make your way up and around the edges of the mystical loch, if you dare.

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Off the water, from Fort Augustus by car, you can be in the Highland capital Inverness or Fort William and Ben Nevis within an hour, or in a little over an hour, you can be on the west coast and the romantic Isle of Skye. You can also indulge in some golf, or explore the Children’s Zoo and experience red deer and the famous Highland cows.

A paradise for walkers - all abilities and fitness levels will enjoy the full experience of the Scottish Highlands while hiking or rambling, as the case may be, on the extensive network of walking trails around the village. For hill walkers, there is a good choice of summits to bag and views from the tops are always truly spectacular. Ramblers and more casual walkers will enjoy the many riverside canal-side and forest walks in the area with much wildlife to see along the way.

Aside from the great outdoors, the friendly people and the culture surrounding Fort Augustus is unforgettable. From fine dining to pleasant evenings out in one of the cheerful local pubs or bars make a satisfying end to long days Nessie spotting! Perhaps the ultimate holiday experience is relaxing with a glass of wine in the privacy of your self-catering accommodation watching the sun go down over a stunningly beautiful Loch Ness.