This Saturday (12th August 2012) morning started with some mist around the mountains which cleared to become a beautiful sunny day, perfect for such an event. We arrived just a few minutes before the event took place and we were able to find a parking space quite easily but, later, during the day, it was absolutely fully packed, and the cars were parking on the grass around the Fort.
On the most southern part of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is situated on the Great Glen Way of the Caledonian Canal and is half way between Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and Fort William. The original name for the village was Cill Chuimein, literally “the Church of Chuimein”, after the said Chuimein, Abbot of Iona, who established the church in the 6th century.
Until the early 18th century the settlement was called Kiliwhimin, and the Gaelic name for the modern village is still Cill Chuimein. It was renamed 'Fort Augustus' after the unsuccessful Jacobite Rising of 1715. The accepted etymology is that the settlement was originally named after Saint Cummein of Iona who built a church there. Other suggestions are that it was originally called Ku Chuimein after one of two abbots of Iona of the Comyn clan, whose badge Lus mhic Chuimein refers to the cumin plant, or that it was called Cill a' Chuimein ("Comyn's Burialplace") after the last Comyn in Lochaber.