Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

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Here are some photos of Fort Augustus and of Loch Ness. I was born in Inverness and lived in Fort Augustus when I was very young, before my father and mother moved to Liverpool – the home of my mother. My grand father and grand mother moved to Fort Augustus from Inverness when my grand father took over as engineer of the famous tug boat ‘The Scott’.

Here are some photos of Fort Augustus and of Loch Ness.

They lived on the Canal side. My father and his two brothers and two sisters where born and grew up there. my aunties lived there until retirement age before moving to Inverness.

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The village takes its name from a fort built after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. Today, almost nothing remains of the original structure – although some parts were incorporated into the Benedictine Abbey, which dates back to 1876.

Much more apparent is the Caledonian Canal, which effectively cuts the village in two. To the north, the canal joins Loch Ness and an impressive flight of locks that cleverly assist the water traffic from one vertical level to another.

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Originally designed by the famous civil engineer Thomas Telford and opened in 1822, the lock system is part of the 60-mile Caledonian Canal that links Inverness to Fort William. The canal was originally built to provide a short cut for merchant skippers between the east and west coasts of Scotland, who welcomed the chance to cut down their journey times and avoid unwelcome approaches from French pirates on the open sea. Today, the canal is still in use – and Fort William is an ideal spot to watch the yachts and cruisers drift by.

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