The South Loch Ness Trail is complete with the officially opening of a new section between Fort Augustus and Loch Tarff on August 8th.
The trail runs for almost 58km from Fort Augustus to the outskirts of Inverness, following a mix of purpose-built paths, forestry tracks, minor roads and ancient paths along the southern side of Loch Ness. The trail previously started at Loch Tarff, a beautiful spot high above Fort Augustus but with no public transport or accommodation options. The new path links Loch Tarff with Fort Augustus and provides a spectacular start to the route on a well-graded climb with good views overlooking Fort Augustus, the Abbey and Loch Ness. The route then continues beyond Loch Tarff to Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig, Dores and finally finishes at Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. The South Loch Ness Trail is already popular with walkers and parts of it are suitable for off-road cyclists.
It is now possible to continue into Inverness (either by bus or on roads) and pick up the Great Glen Way and complete a 360 degree walk around Loch Ness finishing back in Fort Augustus.
Check out the route description and maps for the whole South Loch Ness Trail here on Walkhighlands.