Caledonian Canal

Loch Ness

At Fort Augustus, boats using the Caledonian Canal are raised and lowered 13m by a ‘ladder’ of five consecutive locks. It’s fun to watch, and the neatly landscaped canal banks are a great place to soak up the sun or compare accents with fellow tourists. The Caledonian Canal Centre, beside the lowest lock, has information on the history of the canal.

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1. Caledonian Canal Centre

0.09 MILES

This visitor centre beside the lowest lock of the Caledonian Canal houses a gift shop, an information desk and a small museum chronicling the history of…

2. Clansman Centre

0.12 MILES

This exhibition of 17th-century Highland life has live demonstrations of how to put on a plaid (the forerunner of the kilt) and how the claymore (Highland…

3. Plodda Falls

11.04 MILES

A forestry car park 3 miles south of Tomich is the starting point for a short (800m) walk to pretty Plodda Falls. A restored Victorian viewing platform…

4. Glen Affric National Nature Reserve

15.29 MILES

The upper reaches of Glen Affric are designated as the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, a scenic wonderland of shimmering lochs, rugged mountains and…

5. Nessieland

15.37 MILES

This attraction is a miniature theme park aimed squarely at the kids, though we suspect its main function is to sell you Loch Ness monster souvenirs.

6. Urquhart Castle

15.39 MILES

Commanding a superb location 1.5 miles east of Drumnadrochit, with outstanding views (on a clear day), Urquhart Castle is a popular Nessie-hunting hot…

7. Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

15.4 MILES

This Nessie-themed attraction adopts a scientific approach that allows you to weigh the evidence for yourself. Exhibits include original equipment – sonar…

8. Clan Cameron Museum

18.3 MILES

The Clan Cameron Museum records the history of the clan and its involvement with the Jacobite rebellions, with exhibits that include items of clothing…