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Loch Ness Water Project

Latest news

There will be some work starting from this week (21 Jan 2019) which will involve temporary traffic lights on the A82 close to the old Invermoriston Pier, where the new water intake is to be installed.

The lights are to allow the removal of some trees close to the roadside, where this is required to improve visibility from the entrance to the site, and the installation of a new section of crash barrier which has been requested by Transport Scotland / BEAR.  This work is expected to take around 2 weeks and there will be a temporary arrangement in place to maintain pedestrian access along the footpath throughout.

The first phase of work to install 5 miles of new water main along the Great Glen Way between Fort Augustus and Invermoriston, is now underway.  See below for details of the sections of the route which will be closed and the diversions in place.

Loch Ness project map

Investing in the future of your water supply in Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston

Scottish Water is delivering a £21 million project to provide a single, improved water supply to around 1250 customers in the heart of the Great Glen, as well as catering to significant seasonal demand in the area from tourism.

By 2020, a new state of the art Water Treatment Works will be in place just south of Invermoriston to provide the area with a high quality and plentiful supply of clear, fresh drinking water from Loch Ness. 

Great Glen Way work – December 2018

Two sections of the Great Glen Way are currently closed due to essential work that is being carried out by Scottish Water.  Signposted alternative routes are in place to ensure local residents and visitors can continue to enjoy the forest safely.

The current phase of work is expected to continue until January 2019, with a two week break over the festive period, during which all affected routes will re-open.   Details of the arrangements for the next phase of work will be published in January.

The map below provides an overview of the current working area and the diversions in place:

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Loch Ness Map


This map provides more detail of the diversion between Fort Augustus and Allt na Criche; and the the alternative local route from Allt na Criche car park:

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Pipe laying work in the Great Glen Way is due to be complete in Spring 2019.  All areas of the Great Glen Way will be re-opened during main school holiday periods.

To read the latest press release about this phase of work click here

Canal and river crossing in Fort Augustus
Work is also in progress at the top of the canal locks in Fort Augustus to complete a 315 metre drilled twin pipe crossing beneath the Caledonian Canal and the River Oich. The crossing will provide a greatly improved connection between the north and south of the village, as part of the wider package of the improvements that is being delivered.

Click here to find out more and watch our latest video.

All of the work currently in progress in the centre of Fort Augustus and on the Great Glen Way has been planned to take place during the quieter months for tourism in order to minimise impact on the local economy.

More Information

Three information events were held in March, May and August to share details of our planned work with residents in Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston, answer questions and receive feedback.

You can download the information from our events below.  We will continue to keep the local community updated, including via this webpage.

If you have any questions please email or call 0800 077 8778, quoting the reference Capital/403127/LochNess.