Follow the Caledonian Canal from South Laggan to Fort Augustus via Loch Oich and Kytra Lock, continuing on to Invermoriston.
Your day starts at Laggan Bridge; the highpoint of the Caledonian Canal at 106ft above sea level. Begin by following the eastern shore of Loch Oich, one of Scotland’s most beautiful and pristine natural woodlands, which is teeming with bird and wildlife. At the end of Loch Oich at Oich Bridge follow the canal for a few miles until you reach Fort Augustus. This is a lovely section of canal, look out for Kytra Lock, as it is one of the highlights of the walk.
Fort Augustus is a busy little town centred on a series of locks that are always a hive of activity. This is a great spot to have lunch and restock on snacks before continuing the walk in the afternoon. You will be walking in close proximity to Loch Ness, however, this is often blocked from view by the trees. Invermoriston is a lovely wee village that you can explore in the evening of go in search of the waterfalls on the lower section of River Moriston.
Fort Augustus is the halfway point on this amazing walk, it is also a bustling wee town. Making it a great stop to stock up on the essential snacks, take out some extra cash at an ATM and buy the all important souvenir. There are a number of cafes and restaurants that you will be able to choose from.
Tips and hints
Please see our interactive map for more information on our notable points of interest.
Loch Oich - This is the smallest of three lochs that are linked by the Caledonian Canal
Invergarry & Fort Augustus Railway Museum - This is run by volunteers so the opening times may vary, please check the website to ensure that it is open when you want to visit. https://www.invergarrystation.org.uk/
The Caledonian Canal Centre - Well worth a visit, you are sure to learn all about the history and the future of canals here (they also have a cafe!) https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/destinations/fort-augustus/caledonian-canal-centre/
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Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.