Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Loch Ness, with its legendary monster, is the most famous of all lochs; at twenty three miles long it is the second largest lake in Britain by area. Its great depth, however, means it holds several times more water than its nearest rival, Loch Lomond. The area around the Loch features a variety of walks, with more waymarked trails and easy routes suitable for families compared to some other parts of the Highlands.

There are great forest and moorland walks starting from various points along the north side of the Loch. The southern side has much less traffic and a delightful landscape of small hills, attractive woodland and a large number of small, freshwater lochs that are reknowed among fishermen but little known by the rest of the public


Walk Grade Length Time
Loch Ruthven, near Farr grade1km 30 minutes
Urquhart Bay Woods, Drumnadrochit grade2km 45 minutes
Allt na Criche, near Fort Augustus grade2.5km 1 hour
Oak and Juniper paths, Dundreggan grade2.5km 1 hour
Change House Walk, Erchite Wood, Inverfarigaig grade3km 1 hour
Daviot Wood circuit, Daviot grade3.75km 1 hour
Falls of Foyers grade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Inverarnie Esker Trail, Littlemill near Daviot grade4.75km 1.5 hours
River Oich, Fort Augustus grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Ness and Torr Woods circular, Dores grade7km 1.5 - 2 hours
Jenkins Park, near Fort Augustus grade7.75km 2 - 2.5 hours
Fort Augustus Explorer grade7.75km 2 - 2.5 hours
Three lochs circuit, south Loch Ness grade12.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Old Coffin Road, near Abriachan gradegrade4km 1.5 hours
Ceum an Fhraoich (Heather path), Dundreggan gradegrade4.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Càrn na h-Easgainn, near Moy gradegrade6.25km 2 - 3 hours
Abriachan Trails gradegrade9km 3 - 3.5 hours
Craigmonie and the Divach Falls, Drumnadrochit gradegrade10km 3 - 4 hours
Inverfarigaig and the Falls of Foyers gradegrade10.25km 3.5 - 4.5 hours
Upper Findhorn moors and glens, Strathdearn gradegrade20.5km 5.5 - 6.5 hours
Sròn na Muic, Invermoriston gradegrade23.75km 5 - 6 hours
Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, near Drumnadrochit gradegradegrade9km 3 - 5 hours
Càrn na Saobhaidhe, via Dunmaglass gradegradegrade26.5km 7 - 7.5 hours
Corrieyairack Pass: Laggan to Fort Augustus gradegradegrade39.5km 10 - 12 hours
Meall Dubh, from Glen Moriston gradegradegradegrade11km 4 - 5 hours
Càrn a' Chuilinn, via Glen Doe gradegradegradegrade17.25km 5 - 6 hours
South Loch Ness Trail gradegrade 58km 3 Stages
Great Glen Way gradegrade 117km 6 Stages
Loch Ness 360 gradegrade 125km 6 Stages
Affric Kintail Way gradegradegrade 71km 4 Stages
Scottish National Trailgradegradegradegrade864km6 weeks

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