The South Loch Ness Trail is a 28 mile waymarked trail stretching from Loch Tarff, a few miles north of Fort Augustus, to Torbreck woods on the outstirts of Inverness. The trail goes through the villages of Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores. At the start and end of the trail you will see a large monolith with a map of the whole route. The trail is signposted by the blue markers with the little silver squirrels.
Starting from Loch Tarff, the first new section of the trail rises sharply to the second highest point at Suidhe Viewpoint (1200 ft). From here you can see not only Loch Ness but Loch Knockie, Loch Mhor and Loch nan Eun. Descending from Suidhe, the trail goes through a section of woodland, before joining a track which takes you to the junction of the B862. Crossing the B862, the trail continues to the bridge at Ardochy before it follows a minor road to Whitebridge. The Whitebridge Hotel is open all year and is a great place for some light refreshment! Just after the Whitebridge hotel you will see one of the finest surviging examples of a single span General Wade Bridge built in 1732.
The next section of the trail is from Whitebridge to Foyers. This section roughly follows the line of the old Wade Road past Dell Farm and skirting the River Foyers.The trail enters the village of Foyers at the Upper Falls. In the middle of the village, do make sure that you walk down to the spectacular Falls of Foyers (known as the Lower Falls). Then, after the steep climb up from the Falls, you may wish to pop into the Cafe or the shop before continuing on the next section to Inverfarigaig.
On leaving Foyers the trail follows the B862 for about 300 metres before heading off into the woods and climbing up several hundred feet to the highest point between Foyers and Inverfarigaig. You get a great view of Loch Ness as well as the wonderful expanse of the Monaliadh Mountains to the south.The trail descends all the way to Inverfarigaig where there are toilets and a lovely spot with picnic benches for you to relax.
On the outskirts of Inverfarigaig the trail follows the Corskrew for a couple of miles before joining a forest track which takes you to the highest point on the trail. This section is known as the Fair Hair Lad’s Pass. The best views of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle from the south Loch Ness Trail can be seen from here. The trail drops down quite steeply to the B852 and allows you to get access right down to the loch shore.
The trail then follows the quiet single track road (B862) for a couple of miles until it reaches the village of Dores at the north end of Loch Ness.Wander for a little way along Dores Beach and get the best views down the length of Loch Ness.The Dores Inn is very popular, especially in summer.
From Dores the trail follows the B862 again for a short distance before joining a well established path which rises slightly and gives you great views of the surrounding countryside. The last section is a short stroll through Torbreck Woods.
Further information on the South Loch Ness Trail is available on the Visitinvernesslochness website including maps and trail notes which you can download.
See our other local walks near Loch Ness page