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Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre

| Ardchattan House Canalside, Fort Augustus PH32 4BA, Scotland
+44 1320 366493
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Have a short walk

Good to have a short walk here at least for admiring the views, the nature or to see how it all... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Dominika D
Visiting the Caledonian Canal.

This was really so interesting to see how the mechanics work of the gates that open, the pumping of... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
United Kingdom
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We provide information and interpretation on the history of the Caledonian Canal, as well as an activities booking service and gift shop. Come and learn about the canal, sign up for some canoeing, whitewater rafting or canyoning, and take home some unique souvenirs made by Scottish designers and manufacturers. We have maps and information on how you can travel along the length of the Caledonian Canal, or the Great Glen Way between each of the stopping-off points, how long it will take, facilities, etc. The canal and lock gates outside our door make up the living museum which is the Caledonian Canal.
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| Ardchattan House Canalside, Fort Augustus PH32 4BA, Scotland
+44 1320 366493
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Good to have a short walk here at least for admiring the views, the nature or to see how it all works. I love little villages for their charm and Fort Augustus definietely has it!

Thank Dominika D
Reviewed 4 November 2017

This was really so interesting to see how the mechanics work of the gates that open, the pumping of the water to bring the boats to a higher level and all the tourists' excitement while watching the whole procedure. Enjoyed it thoroughly! Second time that...More

Thank Jekr62
Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a little gem for those of us that are interested in how waterways opened up the transport of goods. The canal and locks were very busy when we were there and it was fun watching the boats and the workings of the locks....More

Thank gbmontreal
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Found this by accident and am so glad that we did. Lovely to see how they move through the canal and would suggest a visit

Thank lucythomas96
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to stop and watch the swinging bridges in action to let cars across. Very interesting place and lots very wee town.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Full of places to eat and buy right in the heart of Fort Augustus so it doesn't matter if you want to visit this or not you have to do it but trust me is really nice, it is a relaxing place where you can...More

Thank Gerardo R
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Parking, toilets, helpful staff at centre. Short walk to the locks which are similar to Neptune’s Staircase but are much more built up beside the locks with houses and businesses.

Thank LesGUk
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

The wife and I really liked Fort Augustus, and especially picnicking in town and watching the boats move through the locks. The canal is impressive to watch, albeit slow. Neat town with a great atmosphere.

Thank BrenSmart
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Full of knowledge of the operations of locks. I personally have been through several locks in Canada and US and still found this fascinating. Fun shops and dining options in the area. Enjoy!

Thank kriskossmann
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Always wanted to see this type of stepped canal system. Boat crossing take place every hour. Brilliant educational experience for the Kids and Adults. Well worth the time to watch the crossing as water is allowed into the different section to lift or lower the...More

Thank NavG
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