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We’ve all got history and some say that what we’ve been through makes us who we are today and if history is what you’re looking for, here at The Lovat, we’ve got plenty of it!

After the Jacobite Rising of 1715, 4 Hanoverian forts were built to pacify the Highlands.  The 4 barracks were of similar form, although no two were the same.  The forts were erected across the Highlands, located in: Glenelg; Badenoch; Inversnaid; and our very own Fort Augustus.

The Lovat Loch Ness stands on the site of Kilwhimen Fort.  Built in 1718, the structure originally consisted of 2 three-story barrack buildings with each capable of accommodating 60 soldiers.  A defensive curtain wall enclosed a rectangular area and was provided with musket-loops for defensive purposes.

The fort was considered too far from the water and was superseded in 1729 by what we know now as the Fort Augustus Abbey, but back then it was called Fort Augustus, built by General Wade and named after William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.

In 1745, Fort Kilwhimen was taken over by the Jacobites.  From it, the Jacobites engaged in a two-day siege of Fort Augustus before marching towards the battle of Culloden.


The remains of Kilwhimen Fort consist of the west curtain wall, 36.5m long, and 4.0m high, pierced by a central gateway and gun embrasures which some are blocked.

Next time you’re here for something to eat at our Brasserie, or having a drink in our Waypoint Bar, you should step outside and take a moment to appreciate our local history.

The Lovat Loch Ness, the perfect place to…  learn some Scottish history.

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