Getting there & away
Scottish Citylink and Highland Country buses from Inverness to Fort William run along the shores of Loch Ness (six to eight daily, five on Sunday); those headed for Skye turn off at Invermoriston. There are bus stops at Drumnadrochit (£6, 30 minutes), Urquhart Castle car park (£6, 35 minutes) and Loch Ness Youth Hostel (£8, 45 minutes).
Fort Augustus, at the junction of four old military roads, was originally a government garrison and the headquarters of General George Wade’s road-building operations in the early 18th century. Today it’s a neat and picturesque little place, often overrun by tourists in summer.
There’s a tourist office (366367; 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, to 5pm Sun Easter-Oct) in the central car park, and an ATM and bureau de change (in the post office) beside the canal.