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Loch Ness 360° Trail

Loop around Loch Ness on this epic trail

If you’re looking for a challenge during your stay in the Scottish Highlands, the Loch Ness 360° Trail could be it! This walking, cycling and outdoor activity trail loops around the whole of Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous loch. Connecting paths from the Great Glen Way on the north side of the loch and the South Loch Ness Trail on the south side, into one continuous circuit. The route covers around 80 miles, with many points of interest en route. 

The six sections of the trail

The route

The Loch Ness 360° Trail is divided into six sections. Beginning in Inverness, you can work through the six sections, which will take you all around the loch in a loop and back to where you started. Or, you can choose one or two sections to complete on their own for a shorter route. Each section takes around a day to walk, or half a day to cycle. The trail passes through the Loch Ness villages of Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Foyers and Dores. 

You can view detailed directions for all six sections on the Loch Ness 360° Trail website.

Loch Ness 360° Trail Highlights

Things to see on the Loch Ness 360° Trail

At your starting point in Inverness, there is much to see as you follow the River Ness southwards. From the magnificent Inverness Castle overlooking the city, to the tranquil Ness Islands walk. 

Sections one to three of the Loch Ness 360° Trail follow the path of the Great Glen Way. Passing through Drumdadrochit village. Here you can enjoy a boat trip on the loch, visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition to learn all about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and explore the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle. At Invermoriston, you can visit the Thomas Telford bridge and enjoy a picturesque walk along the falls. Section three ends at Fort Augustus, a pretty Scottish village where Loch Ness meets the Caledonian Canal, with plenty of shops and cafés to visit.

From here, sections four to six take you back up to Inverness along the South Loch Ness Trail. Walk up to Suidhe Viewpoint, where you’ll take in spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area. See the towering Falls of Foyers, a 165 ft fine cascade waterfall, which flows into the River Foyers. Marvel at the Fair Headed Lad’s Pass, one of the most amazing viewpoints on the trail. And explore Dores Beach, with great beach walks, glorious views of Loch Ness and a friendly local pub.

Scottish Highlands accommodation

Relax at our 5-star log cabin village

Our luxury log cabins sit high on a remote hilltop, just 20 miles from Inverness, the starting and finishing point for the Loch Ness 360° Trail. So if you’re in need of some rest and relaxation after completing it, Eagle Brae is the perfect place. Here, you can relax in the 5-star comfort of our hand-crafted cabins, where loving care and attention fills every space. Enjoy our secluded Highland setting where wildlife and nature surrounds you, and take part in our range of outdoor activities. If you have any questions about Eagle Brae or need any help at all with making a booking, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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