Fort Augustus and Loch NessWritten by Mrs Laurence Northcote
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.
In the early 17th century the village became known by the name of the fort built by General Wade, Fort Augustus. Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, became infamous in the Highlands as “Butcher Cumberland” because of his atrocities inflicted on the population by this orders.
Running through the village is the river Oich and the impressive 60 miles long Caledonian Canal (stretched from Fort William to Inverness) and lock system built by Thomas Telford which was first opened in 1822. It was constructed to help commercial shipping avoid the treacherous journey around the west coast.
Fort Augustus offers visitors a superb range of hotels, B&Bs, shopping, bars and restaurants, attractions and activities, as well as a warm character and community spirit.
Written by Mrs Laurence Northcote of AUGUSTA