Falls of Foyers
On the south shore of Loch Ness are the Falls of Foyers, whose water was used in 1896 to generate the first hydro-electric power in Britain. It plunged in two falls - first 9m (30ft), then 27m (90ft) - powering an aluminium smelter sited there. Today a modern power station occupies the lochside.
The Falls may have been tamed but they are still an awesome sight and well worth a visit. However, be warned, stout shoes are essential for the walk to the view point.
The access to the falls is via a well maintained pathway, opposite Foyers stores, in the centre of the village. The pathway leads down to a couple of excellent vantage points, where the view can be fully appreciated.
Loch Killin is a small loch in the Monadhliath mountains. It is about 1.2 miles long, and is one of numerous small lochs close to the southern end of Loch Ness, the southernmost point of which lies nine miles to the west.
The ship HMS Loch Killin was named after this loch.
Deeper than the North Sea, Loch Ness has a surface area of 9,000ha (35 sq. miles), is 38.6km (24 miles) long and up to 2.4km (1.5 miles) wide. It maintains a constant cold temperature but never freezes, and its surrounding mountains enter the water dramatically enough to form sheer underwater cliffs.
No-one knows for certain if monsters inhabit the near 300m (1000 ft) depths of this world-famous Loch, but its 7,450,000,000 cubic metres (263,000,000,000 cubic ft) of peat darkened waters would be the perfect place for a legend of such magnificence to hide.
The village of Fort Augustus is a great place to visit on your holiday as it is situated in the centre of the great glen, the Scottish Highlands and mid way between Fort William and Inverness. It is also only an hours drive from the west coast and the Isle of Skye and is only a short distance from many other points of interest in the Highlands.
Fort Augustus has very good facilities including a Post office, butchers, grocers, bank, 2 cashpoints, petrol station, garage, medical centre, police station, tourist information, gift shops and many bars and restaurants.
Other Places of Interest
Wade Bridge, Whitebridge
Built in 1732 this is one of the few General Wade bridges in the area that is still intact. In early June it's sides are a profusion of purple fairy foxglove flowers.
Good fishing loch nestling in the foothills of the Monhadliath mountains
Stronlairig Hunting Lodge
Gateway to the hidden glens of Monhadliath but now sadly derelict, this once majestic lodge was built by Lord Lovatfor the return of his son from the Boer War. Situated on the confluence of two rivers with superb waterfalls nearby.
Suidhe Chuimein Viewpoint
The highest point on the road between Inverness and Fort Augustus affords stunning views back across the lands of Stratherrick and Strathnairn.
'Picture postcard' loch nestling below Suidhe viewpoint. Water from this loch is taken to supply Fort Augustus.
Originally another Telford construction this pier provides excellent mooring for small cabin cruisers.
Gem of a loch hidden in the woods near Foyers. Rich in flora and fauna. Covered with water lilies and a good place to see dragonflies and damselflies in the summer.
Looking out over Loch Ness this ancient graveyard can tell some interesting tales.
Farigaig Forest Trails
These offer a range of wonderful walks in the area through rich and varied woodland with excellent views out over Loch Ness.
Massive rocky bluff that towers above Inverfarigaig. A place of mystery and legend with the remains of an Iron Age fort on the summit.
Built by Thomas Telford in the 19th century and now sadly in a state of decay, it is nevertheless a peaceful spot from which to enjoy the loch.
Aptly named road built in 1815 which twists up deep into the wild and pen lands of Stratherrick, rich in wildlife and history.
There are no less than 7 picnic sites along the lochside between Dores and Inverfarigaig, as well as those at the Forest centre at Inverfarigaig and on the river Fechlin just south of Foyers.