Laggan Locks to Fort Augustus


South Laggan To Fort Augustus

Distance: 12.1 miles/19.5 km.

Now you come to Loch Oich, the smallest of the Great Glen’s lochs.

Looking across the loch from the GGW you may be able to spot the Well of the 7 Heads, a memorial commemorating a gruesome tale of murder and revenge. Further along the loch side you can see the remains of Invergarry Castle, former seat of the MacDonells of Glengarry.

Beginning on Laggan Avenue, which follows a short stretch of the Caledonian Canal you will travel the length of Loch Oich on a section of NCN 78 – the national cycle route between Oban and Inverness. Built on dismantled railway, this marks the route of the former Spean Bridge to Fort Augustus line, last used in 1947. A small museum is built on the site of the old Invergarry Station, where you can find more information.

 After crossing the A82 trunk road at Aberchalder Swing Bridge, continue along the canal towpath until reaching Fort Augustus. Horse riders, cyclists and other users who may have difficulty crossing canal lock gates are recommended to use the towpath on the northern side of the canal, as otherwise you will have to cross at Cullochy locks. However, please speak to the bridge keeper at Aberchalder first, as there is a weir on this stretch which may be flooded.

Finally you come to the village of Fort Augustus where you can find plenty of accommodation, shops, pubs, restaurants and a post office. There is also a doctor’s surgery in the village.

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