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The original name for Fort Augustus was Cill Chuimein, but was renamed after the old military barracks which were blown up by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highlanders in 1746. The canal was built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800’s. It links Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. It is used primarily for leisure cruisers however fishing boats, lifeboats and other vessels also use the canal.
30 miles – 40 mins
UK’s largest mountain 1344m. Footpath to the summit, access is from Glen Nevis, setting for the movie Braveheart. The nearby Anoch Mor has a chairlift going up 650m, giving you incredible views. Mountain Bike trail, high wire adventure and skiing in the winter
Great Glen Cycle Route
Inverness – Fort William
The Great Glen Way is a mountain bike route running 73 miles
from Inverness to Fort William.The Great Glen is actually a series of glens filled by lochs which are linked by the Caledonian Canal. Cycling the Great Glen from west to east is the most popular choice but many people choose to start from Inverness too.
17 miles – 26 mins
One of the most picturesque landmarks in Scotland. Perched on the banks of Loch Ness, it commands great views up the length of the loch and is one of the main sites for reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
33 miles – 50 mins
Capital of the Highlands. Awarded millennium city status. Excellent shopping, castle and museums, eating out and cinema.
Ben Nevis Distillery
30 miles – 40 mins
Guided tours of 19th-century distillery with a visitor centre in a former warehouse, plus tastings.
Eilean Donan Castle
48 miles – 1 hour
Recognised all around the world. This iconic castle is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
Isle of Skye
106 miles – 2hr 45 mins
Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland and was once voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, hillwalking and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Despite its small size, the island boasts an impressive 12 Munros which make the island a favourite with hillwalkers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range. This range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Skye features many other geological marvels such as the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock or the breath taking landslip formation of the Quiraing.
Cyclists and walkers are welcome! We have safe storage for bikes, and if good weather doesn’t prevail then we have a drying room available!