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South Loch Ness Trail

South Loch Ness Trail ~ 26.5 miles (43 km) ~ 2 days' walking

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The South Loch Ness Trail is an inspiring walk exploring the peaceful undiscovered southern shore of the famous loch on a 45 km / 28 mile route that begins at Dores on the outskirts of the Highland capital of Inverness and ends in historic Fort Augustus.

For a weekend break, take the bus from Inverness to Dores at the start of this Trail, and you will be able to complete the route in 2 days. The route from Inverness to Dores is mainly road walking, but it is perfectly possible to walk the section from Inverness Castle to Dores, following a low ridge, an enjoying unexpectedly extensive views back to the city over the Ness Islands.

The first 6 miles (10 km) from Dores closely follows the banks of the loch, before rising into the hills to cross the Fair Haired Lad’s Pass – a highlight of the whole route for its superb panorama over Loch Ness. Descend on a tiny road into the hamlet of Inverfarigaig then continue through forests, with some rugged underfoot in places, to overnight in Foyers.

The second stage progresses alongside the River Fechlin, then crosses farmland. Enjoy views down Strathnairn as you make your way along a low moorland ridge and descend to Fort Augustus.

The Trail contains many highlights including the elevated Suidhe Viewpoint which offers spectacular loch views, the tiny village of Whitebridge named after the historic General Wade bridge built in 1732, the famous Falls of Foyers, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Highlands and the “corkscrew” road climbing to a highpoint on the forestry track which gives spectacular views across the loch to Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit.

The South Loch Ness Trail can be walked in either direction. The route can be combined  with the Great Glen Way for a circular walk back to Inverness through Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit. Or you may choose to continue south to finish in Fort William.

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South Loch Ness Trail ~ 26.5 miles (43 km) ~ 2 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £310 per person

Single supplement - £90 (no baggage transfer)


  • 3 nights' accommodation for 2 people sharing in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels. Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Detailed route notes
  • Location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

Not Included

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Bus fare from Inverness to Dores
  • Travel insurance

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Our Fixed Price route proposes taking the public bus to Dores at the start of your walk. If you prefer to walk the stage from Inverness to Dores, then you can add an overnight stay in Dores. The South Loch Ness Trail can be walked in either direction. It is a great idea to combine the South Loch Ness Trail with the Great Glen Way for a circular Loch Ness walk or continue south to finish in Fort William. The table below shows our Fixed Price Route and these 2 longer options. If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.

Fixed Price
2-day walk
Extension 1
5-day circular walk
Extension 2
5-day linear walk
9 miles - 15 km by bus9 miles - 15 km by bus9 miles - 15 km by bus
13.5 miles - 22 km13.5 miles - 22 km13.5 miles - 22 km
13 miles - 21 km13 miles - 21 km13 miles - 21 km
Fort AugustusFort AugustusFort Augustus
8 miles - 13 km10.5 miles - 17 km
InvermoristonSouth Laggan
14 miles - 22 km12 miles - 19 km
18 miles - 29 km10.5 miles - 17 km
InvernessFort William
* Transfer to accommodation from Gairlochy


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