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Leaving Fort Augustus Locks for Loch Ness.

Fort Augustus Locks.

Fort Augustus Locks: Heading off to Loch Ness!

Heading off to Loch Ness!

A busy scene at the bottom of Fort Augustus Locks. A flotilla of boats has been waiting patiently for the swing bridge carrying the A82 over the canal to open.

Drivers on the road will have to wait for these boats to exit the lock. They will then also have to wait for the boats that are preparing to ascend the Fort Augustus Locks. At least one of these can be seen in the distance.

Not only is this a busy scene of boats, it is also busy with “gongoozlers” – people watching the boats. Here we have a combination of hire boats, whose journeys will end at Inverness, plus sea going yachts (at the front) which will head off into the North Sea.

This is also a busy street scene. On the right-hand side of the Fort Augustus locks (mainly out of sight in this image) is a couple of Pubs, the Royal British Legion, a Butchers, Fish & Chip Shop, Community Café and a Souvenir Shop! The opposite side of the road houses The Clansman Centre, plus the booking offices for trip boats out to Loch Ness.

On the left-hand side, the large white building was a supermarket and café/restaurant called McVeans. This has now closed – the reviews still showing on Trip Advisor may be a clue as to the reason why! Scottish Canals appear to be in process of setting this up as a visitor centre, café, etc.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 5 Aug 2017
  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIIA
  • Lens: Olympus 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length 14mm
  • F/6.3
  • 1/320 Sec
  • ISO 200

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