These airy rooms are set above an interpretation room dedicated to the famous Scottish engineer Thomas Telford and the history of the Caledonian Canal. They’re just off the main road through Fort Augustus and have views of the canal, the village and the hills beyond.
Downstairs you’ll find a souvenir shop, a grab and go with sandwiches and good coffee and the café. Here you can have breakfast – continental, full Scottish with haggis, vegetarian or a roll with fillings such as bacon, eggs or black pudding. Simple lunches including homemade Caledonian fish chowder and more seasonal dishes are served until the afternoon. The Boathouse in the grounds of St Benedict’s Abbey on the shores of Loch Ness, five minutes away is worth a visit and there are three pubs serving food just across the bridge too.
The wonderful landscape makes the area great walking and biking country – the Great Glen Way passes through the village – or you can explore the canals by canoe. Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness is half an hour away, Fort William, Ben Nevis and Inverness are an hour.