While I had of course heard of Loch Ness, I had never heard of Fort Augustus. It’s simply the other end of Loch Ness to Inverness. And yes I know we were just at the lakes but we decided to come back to Scotland lol
Fort Augustus is a small village but has most of what you need including a Roman museum explaining the history of the Romans who lived here, and a zoo of rare breed animals. Oh and of course a boat on which you can sail onto Loch Ness and hunt for the monster.
In addition there is a cafe here called the Cafe Neuk Bar. It does the most amazing full English breakfast, with haggis as well as black pudding if you want it. Which I did. It’s not especially expensive either and you can sit at the window wall, or outside at tables right by the flight of locks that lead down to the loch.
There is an amazing theatre where one man takes you into a traditional Scottish dwelling, dons traditional kit and explains a few things about Scots and their wars with the English.
There’s a surprising amount to do in Fort Augustus and the night life can be lively too, but don’t come in the midgy season. I saw the beer garden of one of the pubs clear in 30 seconds flat when the midgies came. They are brutal.
Take the boat tour though if you do nothing else. It’s informative but also amusing and it’s good to say you have actually sailed on Loch Ness.
A few poor photos.