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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!

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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.

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Distance From Abbey Cottage 70 Yards / 64 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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The Falls of Foyers on the shores of Loch Ness

Falls Of Foyers

The falls may not be as dramatic as they once were in Victorian times, however theyare still worthy of a visit.Parking is outside the Post Office / Coffee Shop in the village (limited spaces). Acrossthe road from here a well maintained path leads steeply down forested slopes to twoviewpoints overlooking the Falls of Foyers. This is the spectacular 140ft waterfall inwhich the River Foyers drops into a gorge finally leading into Loch Ness.During your walk you will come across several interesting information boards aboutthe falls and the history of Foyers.During the Victorian period the falls and gorge were a popular tourist attraction forthe “gentry”. Arriving by paddle steamer from Inverness.Adjacent to the falls are forest and gorge walks, these are also well worth a visit,keeping a sharp lookout for red squirrels.Regrettably the access is not suitable for the disabled as the pathways and steps aresteep and uneven in places (walking boots/shoes recommended).Should your visit to the falls be after prolonged heavy rainfall then you may even seethem close to their former glory. Following his visit Robert Burns was inspired and wrote the following verse circa1787

Distance From Abbey Cottage 10.1 miles / 16.2 KM

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Urquhart Castle at Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

The magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, remains an impressive stronghold despite its ruinous state.

Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart’s remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen.

Urquhart witnessed considerable conflict throughout its 500 years as a medieval fortress and its history from the 13th to 17th centuries was particularly bloody. Following Edward I’s invasion, it fell into English hands and was then reclaimed and lost again. In the 14th century, it figured prominently in the Scots’ struggle for independence and came under the control of Robert the Bruce after he became King of Scots.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the castle and glen were frequently raided from the west by the ambitious MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

The castle’s history and that of the noble families – Durward, MacDonald and Grant – who held it, is told in the exhibition and audio-visual display in the new visitor centre. The Centre features an outstanding array of medieval artefacts found at the castle.

Visitors can relax in the café and visit the shop with its local crafts. The visitor centre contains retail, interpretation area, audio-visual presentation and tearoom and toilets on one level. Stunning views of the loch can be obtained from visitor centre veranda.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 15.3 miles / 24.6 KM

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Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Drumnadrochit

Loch Ness Monster Exhibition

The exhibition was opened by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It takes visitors through seven themed areas on a journey from the dawn of time to the third millennium
An insight into the lochs wider significance. Designed and narrated by Loch Ness Project leader, the naturalist Adrian Shine.

Whilst keeping the mystery centre stage, it is placed firmly into the context of a loch with rare and unusual properties: some still motivate expeditions while others can create monsters. Here are the results of that exploration, using the very latest multi-media system, original research equipment and authentic underwater films.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 15.3 miles / 24.6 KM

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Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises and Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Loch Ness Cruises

We are extremely proud of everything we have achieved since the company started in 1973, winning many awards and delighting over 100,000 customers every year.

We are able to provide award winning cruises tours and charters on Loch Ness because our whole focus is upon ensuring our customers enjoy the highest quality in every way, from start to finish, every month of the year.

Unbeatable choice
It is the culmination of years of experience, our vast knowledge of the Loch, a meticulous approach to safety and devising new ways to make the service even better.

No other Loch Ness tour company offers such a huge diversity of cruises and tours, lasting from one to six hours. Cruises leave from Inverness and also the Clansman Hotel Harbour, 9 miles outside Inverness on the A82. Some cruises include visits to other attractions, such as Urquhart Castle and the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.

Exclusive charters are also available for weddings receptions, corporate hospitality and special events.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 18.6 miles / 30.0 KM

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Ben Nevis

Aonach Mor

Let Britains only mountain gondola transport you effortlessly to 650m. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant and bar with breathtaking views

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Distance From Abbey Cottage 23.5 miles / 37.9 KM

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Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Visitor Centre

The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout. Here you will find information on walking and the local area. There are toilets and a shop where you can buy essentials, such as maps and snacks or a gift to remind you of your visit. The grounds around the centre have parking for approximately 80 cars and there are lots of places to picnic beside the riverside. The Visitor Centre bridge allows you to cross to the other side and you can either follow an enjoyable walk along the riverside or continue onto the Ben Nevis track.

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Distance From Abbey Cottage 27.5 miles / 44.2 KM

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Culloden Battle Field Re-enactment

Culloden Battle Field

The exciting new Culloden Battlefield visitor centre and exhibition opened in December 2007. Through recent archaeological and historical research the National Trust for Scotland discovered that the previous centre was sited on the third Government line of the battlefield. With the Trust,s resolve to return the battlefield to as close as we know it on 16 April 1746, the centre was moved. The previous facilities had struggled to cope with visitor numbers at peak times and its site will be returned to being part of the battlefield. The new centre and exhibition allows the whole Culloden story to be told in an innovative and interactive way which appeals to all the family.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 31.7 miles / 51.1 KM

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Fort George the last remaining star fort

Fort George

Fort George is quite simply the finest example of 18th-century military engineering you’ll find anywhere in the British Isles. This vast garrison fortress was begun in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden (1746), which crushed the final Jacobite Rising. It took over 20 years to complete and in the event it was never attacked. It remains virtually unaltered today, and still serves as an important military base

Distance From Abbey Cottage 37.8 miles / 60.9 KM

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