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Loch Ness Shores
Super new camping and caravan site on the shores of South Loch Ness at Foyers. Glamping wigwams and canoe stopover campsite available.
The Lovat - Fort Augustus
Loving Food at the Lovat 'A feast for the eyes and taste buds alike.. every inch an award-winner'. The Press & Journal

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Loch Ness Cottages Self Catering at South Loch Ness
 Morags Lodge LochNess self catering
Ness Soap sponsor of the South Loch Ness Trail
Jacobite cruises on Loch Ness
Ticket to Ride Sponsors of South Loch Ness Trail
The Waterside Hotel Inverness
Hazelgrove self catering cottage at Inverfarigaig
Whitebridge Hotel on the South Loch Ness Trail at Whitebridge 

South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail is a brand new and exciting trail for all types of user was officially launched in August 2011. The trail stretches for approximately 28 miles between Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness via Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores.

The Route:

Starting from Loch Tarff a few miles outside Fort Augustus, the trail rises sharply to Suidhe Viewpoint at 1200ft. From here south Loch Ness stretches out before you. It is a land of mystery and legend, bountiful wildlife and flora, forest, heather, peat clad moors and awe inspiring views. It is also the peaceful 'undiscovered' side of Loch Ness dominated by quiet minor roads and small communities – the population of the area is today still less than 1000.

From Suidhe Viewpoint the trail drops down through woodland and follows a minor road to Whitebridge. Whitebridge is dominated by the finest surviving example of a single span General Wade Bridge built in 1732. From Whitebridge it roughly follows the line of the old Wade road to the village of Foyers.

Trail Detour

South Loch Ness Trail detour map at Foyers to InverfarigaigWhilst most of the trail is easily accessible to all users, the path is not presently suitable for cyclists and horses between Foyers and Inverfarigaig. To bypass this section cyclists and horse riders should proceed via Glenlia as shown on the inserted map.

Foyers has a rich history dating back hundreds of years, but today is best known for the Falls of Foyers. Romanticised by Rabbie Burns back in 1787, they have been the area's major tourist attraction since Victorian times although they were more important for many years as the source of power for the aluminium industry that once employed 500 people at Foyers.

The trail then goes up several hundred feet again and over to the hamlet of Inverfarigaig. En route there are fantastic views out over Loch Ness and the woodland it passes through is rich and varied. Inverfarigaig is today no more than 20 houses nestling by the shore of Loch Ness but it has a richer social and cultural history than any other area along the length of the trail – from the remains of an iron age fort to the Thomas Telford pier, General Wade bridge and the famous 'Black Rock' section of Wade road, there is a lot to explore at Inverfarigaig. And let's not forget Boleskine House, former home to Aleister Crowley, 'The Beast of Boleskine' (and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin!) and once the most infamous house in Scotland.

From Inverfarigaig the trail follows what is know locally as the Corkscrew road to a high point on forest track 1300ft above Loch Ness. It is here that the trail affords the most spectacular views up and down the length of Loch Ness and directly across to Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit. From here the trail then drops down gradually to the village of Dores at the head of Loch Ness

At Dores you get the best views down the length of the loch. It also has a beach, which is very popular in summer, and excellent pub and restaurant for sustenance!

From Dores the last few miles of the trail are on a mixture of minor road and woodland path before coming to an end at Torbreck on the edge of Inverness.

REVIEWS

Walking Mag's  Paul Miles has walked the entire trail- See what he said HERE... 

Journalist Mark Rowe of the Independant walks a section of the trail MORE...

 

For more information on South Loch Ness and the points of interest along the trail users can purchase the South Loch Ness Heritage Group Booklet and 'A Country Called Stratherrick booklet at the Dores Inn, Foyers Cafe and Whitebridge Hotel along the route.


Buy Harveys XT40 South Loch Ness Trail map:

Produced in partnership with VisitScotland 

You can now purchase online a map of the trail which also details the Trail of 7 Lochs the newly produced map is strong durable and 100% waterproof making it ideal for walkers and riders on either of the South Loch Ness Trails BUY ONLINE MAP HERE


Download and print maps of the trail here:
 

Tarff to Inverfarigaig (3 MB pdf)      Inverfarigaig to Dores (2 MB pdf)

Dores to Torbreck (2MB pdf)  Trail User Notes (64 Kb pdf)  

Please see attached map showing  trail diversions HERE  

 Trail Picture Gallery 


Accommodation Providers along the trail


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