Fort William, Glen Nevis & the "Ben"
The town of Fort William, on the shores of Loch Linnhe is about 1 hour distant from Fort Augustus and is famous for amongst other things Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. Many people have conquered the mountain but it can be a very tough climb with the ever changing weather patterns up there. Glen Nevis is very picturesque & worth a trip to see where the mountain climb starts.
Glenfinnan Viaduct & Harry Potter Train
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line which runs locally from Fort William to Mallaig and has been made famous in recent times with the steam train, namely the Hogwart's Express in the Harry Potter films. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel, a very picturesque drive. Alternatively, why not hop on the train from Fort William?
Camerons Tea Room
On the back road to Inverness lies the village of Foyers and its splendid Falls, why not stop off at the wonderful family run Camerons Tea Room? The cafe offers a wide range of refreshments, plus delicious home baked cakes, breads and scones. The haggis panini is a firm favourite! There's indoor and outdoor seating (with a fantastic view of the highland cattle while you're enjoying your meal!). Browse the adjacent Farm Shop for local produce, crafts, gifts and cards.
Station Road Restaurant
With a slightly higher budget, visit the Station Road Restaurant at The Lovat. You can choose from either the 3 course table d'hote menu or if you're feeling really ravenous select the 7 course tasting menu.
The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant
The Boathouse Lochside Restaurant prides itself on offering British, Scottish and Turkish dishes. With stunning views across Loch Ness, it's not surprising the first visit is never the last.
Canalside Fish & Chip Shop
A short walk from Cartref House and you'll discover excellent fish and chips! Made to order, the fish is good quality and there's no better setting for a take-out!
The Moriston Bar and Restaurant
Slightly further out from Cartref House, the restaurant is approximately 5 miles away. Part of the Glenmoriston Arms, the restaurant specialises in European, British and Scottish cuisine. Try either the venison, salmon or chicken stuffed with haggis!
If you're just looking for light refreshments during the course of the day, look no further than Cobbs Cafe located opposite the Scottish Canal Visitor Centre. Offering lunches as well as delicious cakes, pastries and an array of ice creams, you can sit outside and take in the lovely views.
Within walking distance of Cartref House is the Fort Augustus Golf Club which offers a 9-hole (pay and play), challenging golf course. It is one of the family's favourite pastimes and a warm welcome always awaits in the small clubhouse! Dress Code is very much, comfy and casual & all ages and abilities are welcomed.
If you would like to explore other courses further away from Fort Augustus, why not look up Kings Golf Club Fort William Golf Club, Kingussie Golf Club, Muir of Ord Golf Club, Newtonmore Golf Club or Spean Bridge Golf Club - all around 20 - 40 miles from Fort Augustus.
Exploring the local area on two wheels is a great way of getting around - there are a number of paths and trails to choose from catering for all ages and abilities.
Girvans Bike Hire located in Fort Augustus offers the option of mountain bikes or electric bikes and will provide you with recommended routes to enjoy. You can also hire a two child tag-along trailer so the whole family can enjoy the beautiful local scenery.
High octane watersports!
It's not going to surprise you to learn that there are plenty of choices when it comes water based activities. For the more adventurous you can book white water rafting, kayaking or canoeing in Fort Augustus.
Monster Activities based in Fort Augustus also offer other activities including clay pigeon shooting, archery and abseiling.
Cruise Loch Ness offer fast RIB cruises - visit Urquhart Castle by water or hunt for Nessie with plenty of adrenaline thrown in!
If you enjoy trekking and trailing and would like to enjoy the outdoors at horse height then there are equestrian centres around the Loch Ness area. Loch Ness Riding on Drummond Farm offers hacks, trails and day rides for experienced riders.
Highland Trekking and Trail Riding offer treks for all abilities enabling you to experience the scenery and wildlife at pony eye-level!