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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Arrive in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
The EasyWays walk on the SLNT begins by taking the morning public bus from Inverness to Dores at the edge of Loch Ness. Take time for a short break at the Dores Inn before commencing on the south side of the loch on tree lined paths with a gentle ascent above the loch to continue on wider track at Whitefield before reaching grassland and tight zig-zag walking. The highlight of the trail is now revealed with views to Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle. You will then encounter the 'Fair Haired Lad's Pass' descending on waymarked forest track to pass Balchraggan and Ballagan on to public roads descending to reach Inverfarigaig forest walks car park where there are public toilets. Continue on below the Beauly-Denny electric powerline before reaching poor ground that requires some care to follow the blue South Loch Ness Trail way-markers. Pass a church before heading first downwards and then up to reach your destination at the Waterfall Café in Foyers where the path to the Falls of Foyers is opposite and is well worth a visit.
The second stage of the South Loch Ness Trail begins by taking the main road from Foyers and crossing a bridge high above the Upper Falls of Foyers and reaching woodland before crossing a boggy path of land to cross a minor burn keeping to the track on the right and more burn crossing before arriving at Dell Farm. Follow the river upstream past the old schoolhouse to reach the bridge over the River Foyers built by General Wade in 1732 and on to the hamlet of Whitebridge where road walking returns past Killiechoilum before a gate opening to take the woodland path to the footbridge over the Cumrack Burn returning to some road walking and path again with views across the loch to Invermoriston and outlook along Stratherrick and the Suidhe Chuimein viewpoint down to Loch Tarff where the descent takes you on to the B862 and on into Fort Augustus.
Congratulations - you have completed the South Loch Ness Trail! After breakfast, it is time to set off on your onward journey.
Fixed Price - £310 per person
Single supplement - £90
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.
5-day circular walk
5-day linear walk
|9 miles - 15 km by bus||9 miles - 15 km by bus||9 miles - 15 km by bus|
|13.5 miles - 22 km||13.5 miles - 22 km||13.5 miles - 22 km|
|13 miles - 21 km||13 miles - 21 km||13 miles - 21 km|
|Fort Augustus||Fort Augustus||Fort Augustus|
|8 miles - 13 km||10.5 miles - 17 km|
|14 miles - 22 km||12 miles - 19 km|
|18 miles - 29 km||10.5 miles - 17 km|
|* Transfer to accommodation from Gairlochy|
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