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Iceberg Glass Blowing Studio

Iceberg Glass Blowing Studio Fort Augustus

Glass-blowing studio where you will see glass being heated, shaped and blown to form a range of contemporary jewellery, Scottish souvenirs, life-like cats, vases, hanging decorations and, of course, Nessies!

Canal Bank, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD

Distance From Abbey Cottage 22 Yards / 20 Metres

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Imray Buildings, Canal Bank, Fort Augustus PH32 4BD

Distance From Abbey Cottage 23 Yards / 21 Metres

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The Clansman Centre Fort Augustus Loch Ness

The Clansman Centre Fort Augustus

The Clansman Centre is open April to October, seven days a week, from 10am till 6pm.

Entering through the doors of a 19th century schoolhouse, you will take a step into the 17th. Besides a shop, which specializes in Celtic and locally produced crafts and includes a Scottish armoury, we have recreated the interior of a Highland turf house, where an authentically dressed clansman brings the past back to life. This dangerous looking character explains how families ate, lived and survived here in days of old, takes you through the clan system and local culture, demonstrates the Highland dress (all the mysteries of kilt, plaid and tartan) and teaches you the art of killing or maiming, using ancient weapons.
No boring history lesson, but an entertaining, interactive and informative experience.

The talks are not only available in English, but also in Dutch, French and German on request. It is advisable to book these in advance!

We have seating for about 50 spectators.

We welcome coach parties and even take in groups outside normal opening hours, if you notify us in time.

Fort Augustus PH32 4AU tel 01320 366 444

Distance From Abbey Cottage 37 Yards / 34 Metres

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royal scot and rib boat of cruise loch ness

Cruise Loch Ness Fort Augustus

Our daily cruises depart from the unique location of the southern end of Loch Ness, allowing us privileged access to the most stunning scenery and wildlife the Loch has to offer!

Fort Augustus PH32 4AU tel: 01320 366 277

Distance From Abbey Cottage 56 Yards / 51 Metres

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The Caledonian Canal Running Through The Centre Of Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal Fort Augustus

Linking the lochs of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal provided a safe route for naval and merchant ships to avoid the treacherous Pentland Firth and Cape Wrath.

Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour provide much of the route along the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness. Only relatively short artificial canals were required to link them together, with water supply guaranteed.

William Jessop and Thomas Telford head the list of engineers involved in the impressive project. At more than 50 yards (46m) long, its locks were huge by the standards of the time, with many of them arranged in staircases of interconnected locks. The massive eight-lock flight at Banavie, known as Neptune,s Staircase, is little short of breath-taking. The entire canal smacks of similar engineering feats on a grand scale.

There are 29 locks, 4 aqueducts, 8 road bridges and 2 rail bridges, along the length of the canal.

The canal was mechanised in the 1960s. Instead of using capstans and manpower, hydraulics are now used to operate locks and bridges. One original cast-iron bridge remains. Moy Bridge, near Gairlochy is still operated by hand, and the bridge keeper has to row across the canal to open both sides.

22 miles of the 60 mile waterway are man-made. The remaining 38 miles are made up of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour.

Work started in 1803, with over 1500 unskilled farmers digging the canal by hand. Opening in 1822, it still took another 25 years before the canal was fully complete.

Fort Augustus PH32 4BA

Distance From Abbey Cottage 70 Yards / 64 Metres

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Ice Cream

Canal Side Fort Augustus PH32 4AU

Distance From Abbey Cottage 77 Yards / 70 Metres

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The Loch Ness Monster on Canal Side in Fort Augustus

The Loch Ness Monster Nessie or Nessy

What ever you want to call her, The Loch Ness Monster, Nessy or Nessie. Your guaranteed a sighting on the canal banks in Fort Augustus.

Since the 5th century there have been stories of The Loch Ness Monster, fact or fiction?

It is said there isn,t enough food for her to live in Loch Ness,, yet millions of visitors arrive each year ;-)

Canal Side, Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire PH32 4BA

Distance From Abbey Cottage 97 Yards / 89 Metres

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  • Dear Tourist board, please send more tourists, the last lot were delicious. Yours Nessie
  • Wait a bit longer and we might be lucky enough to see the Loch Ness Monster
  • Preparing for the tourist season along the shores of Loch Nes
  • Enjoying a spot of piece and quite by Loch Ness

Kiltane Fort Augustus

Kiltane Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal Centre, Canal Side, Fort Augustus PH32 4BA

Distance From Abbey Cottage 109 Yards / 99 Metres

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Caledonian Canal Centre

Caledonian Canal Centre

Coffee Shop, Information and Gift shop

Canal Side, Fort Augustus PH32 4BA

Distance From Abbey Cottage 117 Yards / 107 Metres

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Sandwiches and pies

Macdougall Butchers

Family run butchers serving fresh made sandwiches and pies

Canal Side Fort Augustus PH32 4AU

Distance From Abbey Cottage 131 Yards / 120 Metres

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That Cute Little Highland Gift Shop

That Cute Little Highland Gift Shop

Handcrafted arts, crafts and gifts

Canal Side Fort Augustus PH32 4AU tel: 01320 366 854

Distance From Abbey Cottage 149 Yards / 136 Metres

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Supermarket, Petrol and Pharmacy Great Glen Trading Centre

Supermarket Petrol, Pharmacy, Post Office, Newsagent and ATM

The Trading Centre houses a petrol station, Londis shop, gift shop, Post Office, ATM, Newsagent and two clothing outlets. Scottish foods, quality gifts, Nessie souvenir gifts and outdoor clothing.

Main Street, Fort Augustus PH32 4DD

Distance From Abbey Cottage 213 Yards / 195 Metres

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Cumberlands Camp Site

Loch Ness Highland Resort

Glendoe Road, Fort Augustus PH32 4BG

Distance From Abbey Cottage 256 Yards / 234 Metres

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Loch Ness Fort Augustus

Loch Ness Facts:
Surface Area 56.4 sq km (21.8 sq mi)
Deepest Point 230 m (755 ft)
Length 37 km (23 mi)
Volume 7.4 cu km (1.8 cu mi)
Above sea level 15.8 m (52 ft)

Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined

There is only 1 island in Loch Ness - Cherry Island, here in Fort Augustus

Distance From Abbey Cottage 412 Yards / 377 Metres

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Morags Lodge Bicycle Hire

Bike Hire at Morags Lodge Fort Augustus

Adult Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Our adult fleet of bikes come in a variety of frame sizes, with a smooth SR Suntour fork, sure stopping ,V, brakes, and double-walled alloy wheels, the Hardrock is prepared for mountain trails and urban jungles!

Kids Bikes: Ridgeback Terrain MX20

Our kids bikes are durable and fun. Perfectly proportioned to provide small riders the best fit for comfort and control. A Ridgeback kid,s bike is easily adjustable and has a light aluminium frame that allows the child to lift and handle the bike with ease.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 432 Yards / 395 Metres

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Bike Hire Girvans Hardware Fort Augustus

Bike Hire, Camping Equipment, Calor Gas, Car Wash

Fort William Road PH32 4BQ Tel: 01320 366864

Distance From Abbey Cottage 514 Yards / 470 Metres

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Ness e Bikes Fort Augustus

Electric Bike Hire at Ness e Bikes

The Ferber’s 26” wheels offer faster manoeuvrability and improved response to fast direction changes. It also responds well to angular direction change. With a maximum speed of 25km/h (15.5mph) and a range of up to 100km (62 miles)*, the Ferber meets the need of a range of lifestyles and opens up a world of new possibilities.

Fort William Road PH32 4BQ tel: 07876 828 338

Distance From Abbey Cottage 514 Yards / 470 Metres

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Fort Augustus Golf Club

Fort Augustus Golf Club

One of Scotlands hidden gems Fort Augustus was laid out in 1924 by Harry Shapland Colt on the banks of the Caledonian Canal near Loch Ness. It,s a traditional heathland course and is widely regarded as the most challenging 9 hole course in Scotland. There are dual tee positions giving the course a true 18 hole feel.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 1006 Yards / 920 Metres

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Trees for life

Plant a Tree In the wild heart of the Scottish Highlands

By planting trees with Trees for Life, you can help to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands. Your trees will transform bare hillsides into healthy young woodland, rich in wildlife and protected for future generations. We’ve already planted over one million trees - you can help to grow the forest with a million more!

Distance From Abbey Cottage 4.5 miles / 7.2 KM

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Inver Coille Camp Site Near Fort Augustus

Inver Coille Camp Site

Our location is 4 miles North from Fort Augustus and 2 miles South of Invermoristion, along the A82 which follows the shoreline of Loch Ness.
For Sat Navs the postcode is IV63 7YE we are a mile South on from Loch Ness Lodges towards Fort Augustus.

Invermoriston IV63 7YE tel: 01320 351224

Distance From Abbey Cottage 4.6 miles / 7.5 KM

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Faichemard Farm Campsite Near Fort Augustus

Faichemard Farm Campsite 18+

The campsite has 35 pitches, which are spread over 10 acres (4 hectares) and look out onto the Glengarry mountains. Our aim, as a site exclusively for adults, is to give you a peaceful retreat in which to relax, so we guarantee no crowding even in high season. Twelve of the pitches have electric hook-ups (10 amps). Most of the pitches with electric are hard standings (we have two grass pitches with electric hook-ups). Free WiFi access is available site wide and pets are also welcome but must be kept on a short lead on the campsite

Invergarry PH35 4HG tel: 01809 501314

Distance From Abbey Cottage 7.3 miles / 11.7 KM

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Active Highs Outdoor Activities

Active Highs Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities Fort Augustus and Fort William

Active Highs offer a fantastic range of outdoor activities near Fort William and Fort Augustus. Our activity centre is based on Loch Oich which is part of the Caledonian Canal system and the Great Glen Way and an ideal location for water sports on the loch such as canoeing and kayaking. We are also situated just a few miles away from two rivers which we use for white water rafting, scenic river rafting and canoe trips. Our natural landscape is also fantastic for outdoor activities such as canyoning, gorge walking, rock climbing and mountaineering

White Water Rafting
Gorge Walking
White Water Canoeing
Climbing and Abseiling
River Rafting Safari

The Great Glen Water Park, South Laggan PH34 4EA tel: 07867 895 354 - Fort Augustus Booking Office - The Caledonian Canal Centre

Distance From Abbey Cottage 8.4 miles / 13.5 KM

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