Doors Open Days 2018 – Fort Augustus Pepperpot Lighthouse

Join us for Doors Open Days 2018 and enjoy a peek inside Fort Augustus’ Pepperpot Lighthouse!

The lighthouse at Fort Augustus was built in 1840 to mark the entrance to the Caledonian Canal from South Loch Ness. It stands on the east side of the canal, just a short distance from Fort Augustus Lock Flight – a lock staircase of five large canal locks. The lighthouse is readily accessible on foot via a short path along the banks of the canal.

The popular term ‘Pepperpot’ lighthouse is used to describe a particular type of small lighthouse that has an architectural style similar to a scaled-up salt or pepper shaker. The Caledonian Canal has three of this type of lighthouse, each comprising a short round tower with a conical roof. The Caledonian Canal Pepperpot lighthouses are the smallest lighthouses in Britain.

World War One in Fort Augustus – Kilchuimen Primary School exhibition

A panorama commemorating ‘World War One in Fort Augustus’ by pupils from Kilchumein Primary School will be exhibited inside.

Parking is available nearby in the village.

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Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year. 

The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.

It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology).  Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.