Fort Augustus Travel Guide

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Fort Augustus Things to Do

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    by davidjo Written Sep 20, 2014

    Neptune's Staircase at Fort Augustus is a series of 8 locks at the banks of Loch Ness at one end of the Caledonian Canal, and connects Loch Ness with the Atlantic Ocean. It is particularly beautiful at night as the water flowing over the locks is illuminated with green lights. The canal was constructed between 1803 and 1822 at a cost of 840,000 pounds. The canal was not a success as the depth was only 14 ft, not 20 ft as the original plans suggested, so between 1844 and 1847 the second stage of construction was undertaken and was made to the original specifications. Neptune's Staircase raises the boats 70 ft above sea level over a distance of 500 yards.
    Tourists can walk either side of the locks and watch the boats move from one lock to another while the water is emptied or filled in each section. Finally at the western end the road bridge and rail bridge are swung open to allow the boats to pass.

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    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

    It is a small town of about 700 people, so there isn't a ton to do in the town. But its perfectly located to explore the Highlands. I posted a few photos on my travel blog with some more info on restraunts, etc:
    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/scotland-day-1.html

    The link is for day one, but there is some more info on day two as well. It was a pretty location. We went to the clansmen centre and did a one hour loch ness cruise. both were pretty fun, and relatively cheap. the restraunts weren't all that cheap though. neither was food in the pubs. but it is well worth a visit.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

    We swung by here while on a 3-day backpacking tour. It was only 4 pounds, so I think just about everyone on the tour went in. It focused on highland dress, history, etc. It was well done and the presenter clearly loved to subjects. I posted a little more info and photos on my travel blog at:
    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/scotland-day-1.html

    Its towards the bottom of the post.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

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Fort Augustus Hotels

  • The Lovat, Loch Ness Hotel

    Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DU, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Inch Hotel

    Fort Augustus, PH32 4BL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mavisburn Bed & Breakfast

    2 The Steadings, Auchterawe, Fort Augustus, PH32 4BT, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Carn A Chuilinn B&B

    Fort Augustus, PH32 4BY, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Morags Lodge

    The hostel is pretty good. Clean, good breakfast (2 GBP) and decent dinners (5 GBP). I would...

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  • Caledonian House

    I stayed there for a few days at the end of August and found it to be comfortable and very reasnably...

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  • Auchterawe Country House

    Auchterawe, Fort Augustus, PH32 4BT, GB

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Stravaigers Lodge

    Glendoe Road, Fort Augustus, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

Fort Augustus Restaurants

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    by Rusket Written Nov 23, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    We got a three course dinner for GBP 14 (or 15?) As guests of the hotel it was cheaper for us. We were requested to make our choices at 7 pm, serving started an hour later. We had different starters and main courses, but the same dessert. Instead of me describing the food, take a look at the pictures (sorry a couple of them are a bit blurry :-( The food tasted at least as good as it looks! And we got VERY full, the evidence is the sixth picture, which I had to put in the hotel tip, because I wanted to use all the five picture possibilities here to show the food :-)

    poons and her starter, Caledonian Hotel My starter, Caledonian Hotel Poons' fish, Caledonian Hotel My meat, Caledonian Hotel Dessert, Caledonian Hotel
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

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