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South Loch Ness Trail

Discover the wild and rugged South Loch Ness

Running along the south side of Loch Ness, this long-distance trail offers a fantastic walking and biking experience. Made up of a mixture of minor roads, forest tracks and purpose-built trails, the South Loch Ness Trail is 58 km long and stretches from Fort Augustus to Torbreck near Inverness. It takes around three days to walk the whole trail. Or you can choose any one of the three sections to complete. Offering splendid views, several points of interest and designated spots along the route where you can stop and relax.

From Torbreck to Fort Augustus

The route

The 58km route is split into three sections, which can be walked in one day or cycled in half a day. You can start at either end of the trail. Either Torbreck at the northern end of Loch Ness, or Fort Augustus at the southern end. Of course, you can choose to complete just one of the three sections. Each has its own wonders for you to discover.

You’ll find detailed directions for each section here on the Walk Highlands website.

South Loch Ness Trail Highlights

Things to see along the way

There is much to see along the South Loch Ness Trail. This is the wilder, more remote side of the loch and the scenery is truly magnificent. Some of the highlights include; Fort Augustus village, where there are shops and cafés, and you can watch the boats going through the locks on the Caledonian Canal. Suidhe Viewpoint, with wonderful views of the whole surrounding area. The spectacular Falls of Foyers, a 165 ft fine cascade waterfall, flowing into the River Foyers. The Fair Headed Lad’s Pass, one of the most amazing viewpoints on the trail, revealing panoramic vistas of Loch Ness. Dores Beach, where you can get right down onto the lochside and enjoy refreshments at the Dores Inn.

Where to stay in the Scottish Highlands

Luxury accommodation at Eagle Brae

After walking or cycling the South Loch Ness Trail, you’ll be ready to rest those weary legs! Check into Eagle Brae luxury log cabin resort for some well-deserved R&R. Situated 20 miles outside of Inverness, on a remote Highland hilltop. Enveloped by the wildness of nature, you can switch off and unwind in your cabin, or venture out to explore our beautiful surroundings. You can find out more here about our hand-made log cabins and things to do during your stay. And if you have any questions or need any help at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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