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SONAS, THE PERFECT PLACE TO STAY IN FORT AUGUSTUS ON LOCH NESS - local area

Canal North SideCanal South SideJust a short walk from Sonas you arrive at the Caledonian Canal which was built between 1803 and 1822 by Thomas Telford.

By the time it was finished, boats had grown in size so much they could no longer negotiate the locks.

It has, however, continued to be used by fishing boats taking a short cut to the west coast fishing grounds from their east coast harbours.

The image on the left shows one of the Scottish themed shops, the hall and one of the canal side cafes.

Looking towards Loch NessThe canalOn the right you can see the Lock Inn which has tables on the canal side which can be used to have lunch outside while watching the boats make their way east or west.

If you like walking, you can walk up to the Suidhe (seat in English) which was reputedly a weekly walk for Saint Cumin who founded the church in Fort Augustus and from which came the village's Gaelic name Cille Cumein.

In the eighteenth century General George Wade built a military fort where the abbey now stands and this was named after King George II's favourite son, William Augustus Cumberland, hence the village's English name - Fort Augustus.

Abbey from the Glen Doe roadUrquhart CastleThe fort was partially destroyed by Jacobites in 1745, then became a hunting lodge and then a Benedictine Monastery. Today it contains residential apartments.

There are also superb walks along the canal and into the northern hills and Sonas lies on the 65 mile Great Glen Way if you are more serious about your walking.

A short drive or bus trip away is the ruin of Urquhart, the third largest castle in Scotland.