Bridge of Oich to Fort Augustus

Those with an aversion to hills will love this flat route which follows the Caledonian Canal from the head of Loch Oich to Fort Augustus. This is a short section of the very much longer Caledonia Way (National Route 78).

This easy route provides an introduction to the inspiring Caledonia Way (National Route 78) which links Campbeltown and Inverness.

Join the towpath by the Aberchalder Swing Bridge, at the north end of Loch Oich and continue on the towpath. The River Oich runs alongside for much of the towpath’s length, giving a watery feeling to this outing. On the right, you’ll see the steep slopes of the Great Glen formed by a tear fault in the Earth’s crust. 

Continue on to enter bustling Fort Augustus where the canal descends through five locks to enter Loch Ness. Among the many attractions is the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, which details the waterway’s history up to its present-day rejuvenation.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

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