What to see in Loch Ness local attractions Loch Ness Guide

What to see in Loch Ness local attractions

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Local Attractions and Activities

A Monster – Nessie!

Why not relax by the Loch and try some Nessie spotting or enjoy a Loch Ness cruise? Find out about the history of the Loch Ness Monster at one of the 2 rival monster exhibitions at Drumnadrochit!

Fort Augustus

It’s a beautiful place so simply take a walk or cycle through the network of paths around the village. It’s the start of the Caledonian Canal, built in the early 1800s to link the North Sea and the Atlantic, removing the need for shipping to sail around Scotland’s dangerous north East coast.

Within the village itself is an impressive flight of locks and the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre; certainly one of the top tips for what to see in Loch Ness.

urqhart castle

The Clansman Centre

Visit the Clansman Centre in the town to find out about Highland life in the 17th Century. You will also hear about the weapons they used and get the chance to dress up in a kilt.

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle is an impressive historic ruin enjoying a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ness. It was an important medieval fortress, guarding the entrance to the Great Glen from the 13th Century and playing a major role in 500 years of violent Scottish history.Corrieyairack Pass

Outdoor Activities

Get out there! There is huge choice of fantastic hillwalking, mountain biking, adventure activities and watersports available locally. In winter a range of snowsports including skiing and boarding are available at Nevis Range (40 mins’ drive) by Ben Nevis.

Corrieyairack Pass

For serious mountain bikers and walkers, the classic Corrieyairack pass is accessible from Fort Augustus.

This demanding route (40 km) follows General Wade’s military road, built in 1731, and its famous zigzags across the Monadhliath Mountains between Fort Augustus and Laggan (south of Newtonmore).

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