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 Distance 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
Daviot Wood circuit, Daviot grade3.75km 1 hour
Dundreggan Estate walks grade4km 2 - 2.5 hours
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
Aldourie Castle circuit, Dores grade6.5km 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
Change House Walk, Erchite Wood, Inverfarigaig gradegrade2.25km 1 hour
Old Coffin Road, near Abriachan gradegrade4km 1.5 hours
Carn na h-Easgainn, near Moy gradegrade6.25km 2 - 3 hours
Abriachan Trails gradegrade9km 3 - 3.5 hours
Craigmonie and the Falls of Divach, 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
Sron na Muic, Invermoriston gradegrade23.75km 5 - 6 hours
Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, near Drumnadrochit gradegradegrade9km 3 - 5 hours
Carn 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
Carn a' Chuilinn, via Glen Doe gradegradegradegrade17.25km 5 - 6 hours
South Loch Ness Trail 50km 3 Stages
Great Glen Way 117km 6 Stages
Affric Kintail Way 71km 4 Stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

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