Friday, January 02, 2009

Loch Ness

Fort Augustus is a settlement in the Scottish Highlands, at the south west end of Loch Ness. The village has a population of around 646 (in year 2001); its economy is heavily reliant on tourism.

Wikipedia will tell you that the Gaelic name for the modern village is Cill Chuimein, and the accepted etymology is that the settlement was originally named after Saint Cummein of Iona who built a church there. Other suggestions are that it was originally called Ku Chuimein after one of two abbots of Iona of the Comyn clan, whose badge Lus mhic Chuimein refers to the Cumin plant, or that it was called Cill a' Chuimein ("Comyn's Burialplace") after the last Comyn in Lochaber.

Fort Augutus Neptune Staircase

Apparently, a visit to the pretty village of Invermoriston and lovely Glenmoriston is always worth the short journey of around 7 miles. Steeped in Jacobite history, Invermoriston, with its white harled cottages, is a popular resting place for walkers tackling the Great Glen Way.

Moriston is Gaelic for ‘river of the waterfalls’ and the dramatic Moriston Falls are spectacular in spate – especially from the Old Bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1813 during the construction of the Caledonian Canal. Look out too for St Columba’s Well and the spectacular gorge at the entrance to the Glenmoriston Road to the Isles.

Great Glen Way - View of Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

Enough about historical facts. Now, to the more important stuff:

Where from: Fort Augustus, Scotland
When: 2008
Who: Nik Yurni Nik Mustapha
Where now: Home
Wow Factor: #230

1 comment:

doodlemom said...

we went to Invermoriston last year, short stop aja, really lovely place between fort augustus and loch ness. kalau ada rezki, hope to go to scotland again this easter.