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Walks from Season One - Fort Augustus to Kytra

A short but splendid walk along part of the massive Caledonian Canal which runs from Fort William in the west of Scotland, to Inverness in the east.  This walk starts at Fort Augustus, at the shores of Loch Ness, and goes through to the secluded locks at Kytra.

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A walk from Fort Augustus to Kytra along the Caledonian Canal - Walks Around Britain Shorts
Walk Info
miles (4km) - one way
Minimum time
1 hour - one way
Total ascent
134ft (41m)
Level of difficulty
Well maintained tow path
- flat, no stiles

Grid NH 37800 09200
Off leads possible - open water at the side
Car parks in Fort Augustus
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Route Directions

  • If you're arriving in Fort Augustus by car, then the best car park is at the VisitScotland Fort Augustus iCentre, across the bridge over the River Oich.

  • If you are staying at The Lovat, simply walk along the A82 into Fort Augustus and take a left after crossing over the Calendonian Canal.

  • The road which leaves the A82 and heads down along the canal is called Canal Side, and is lower than the level of the canal to the left.

  • Walk up the steps on the left to see all the action along the locks which drop the canal down to the level of Loch Ness behind you.

  • After the sixth lock gate, the canal tow path is on the same level as the canal - and from here you can get a great sense of the wildlife all around.

  • The canal bends around to the left, and not far after, the River Oich meanders very close on the right hand side.

  • The hill on the left of the canal is Torr a' Choiltreich - at 117 metres - followed by Creagan a' Chip - at the same height.

  • All too soon, the lock keepers cottages at Kytra are upon you - the perfect spot for a picnic before returning back to Fort Augustus.

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Relevant Links

Scottish Canals - Discover the Caledonian Canal
Find out more about the massive Caledonian Canal and what you can do on and aong it.

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