On the most southern tip of Loch Ness, in the Highlands of Scotland, lies Fort Augustus its situated on the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal and is half way between the Capital of the Highand’s Inverness and Fort William. The original name for the village was Cill Chuimein, literally “the Church of Chuimein”, after the said Chuimein, then the Abbott of Iona, established a church here in the 6th Century.
In the early 17th century, the village became known by the name of the fort built by General Wade, Fort Augustus, named after the second son of King George. Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, became infamous in the Highlands as “Butcher Cumberland” owing to the many atrocities inflicted on the Highland population by his orders. Running through the village is the River Oich and the impressive 60 mile long Caledonian Canal and lock system, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s. The Caledonian Canal stretches from Fort William to Inverness, is linked by a series of natural lochs and has a flight of 5 locks from the top of the canal in Fort Augustus down onto Loch Ness. Camera Canon 7D!