Fort Augustus is a little town at the southern end of Loch Ness that has picturesque landscapes and grassy banks. It is a great place to explore the Loch. The Fort Augustus Flight raises and lowers boats on the Caledonian Canal a total of 12 meters through five picturesque locks down the middle of town. You can watch boats being led on ropes through the locks. It is especially spectacular when huge cruise liners pass through. The tiny Caledonian Canal Heritage Center has more information about the town. To get on the water yourself, try the Cruise Loch Ness, a one hour trip that departs hourly throughout the year. The most popular place to stay in Fort Augustus is Morag’s Lodge, a comfortable hostel with lounge areas, massive kitchen, and great food, as well as impressive views of the area.