The "SOUTH LOCH NESS TRAIL"

 

Take a WALK on the "WILDSIDE"

 

Walk Loch Ness 360 ... a new "Outdoor challenge"

 

Trek this peaceful and undiscovered south-side of "iconic" Loch Ness along the "South Loch Ness Trail" which was officially opened during August 2011 ... You may wish to commence this Trek starting from Inverness Castle by walking out towards Torbreck on the outskirts of Inverness, taking you onwards to Fort Augustus via the small villages of Dores, Inverfarigaig, Foyers and Whitebridge before your descent from Loch Tarff along the quiet B862 minor road into Fort Augustus passing the southern end of Loch Ness as you progress. Walkers now have the option of returning to Inverness along the well-established "Great Glen Way", trekking the northern shores of world-famous Loch Ness and stopping off in the villages of Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit before reaching your final destination where you will re-trace your initial footsteps along the banks of the River Ness and the Ness Islands before reaching your Inverness Castle terminus.

 

The South Loch Ness Trail is situated between the City of Inverness and the village of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness and is regarded by many as the Scottish "Lake District" with its numerous hill lochs to be seen in this part of the Scottish Highlands. An undiscovered and unspoilt land of rugged mountains, cascading rivers with water-falls and heather-clad moorland which will delight and inspire those who enjoy true wilderness conditions yet at the same time remain fairly close to the City of Inverness also known as the "Gateway to the Highlands".

 

Along this South Loch Ness Trail there are a few high-level scenic vantage points and many places of interest to be found, one of them being the famous Falls of Foyers, a well-known tourist attraction since Victorian times and romanticised by Robbie Burns in 1787. On reaching the Suidhe Viewpoint at a height of 1200 ft, one of the highest points on the Trail when nearing Fort Augustus, you can enjoy more magnificent panoramic high-level views above Loch Ness plus the surrounding area and far beyond.

 

The official "South Loch Ness Trail" covers some 28 miles approx and at this time is only way-marked between Torbreck on the outskirts of Inverness and Loch Tarff, a hill loch which is situated high above the southern end of Loch Ness and close to the village of Fort Augustus. Commencement of your lochness360 Trek can take you from Inverness Castle following the route of the Great Glen Way Trail which is situated by the River Ness and by walking this stage as far as the Ness Islands, this is where you will continue straight ahead along Island Bank Road and past Pringles Woollen Mill main entrance on Dores Road until you reach the first roundabout with Tesco's new Supermarket and Filling Station on your right ... From here you turn left and walk 1/2 mile up to the next small roundabout before turning right onto Essich Road ... Walk slightly further ahead and turn right again where you see the "Torbreck" sign on the B861 and your first "South Loch Ness Trail" marker-sign is approx 1/2 mile along this minor single-track road just inside the entrance gate on your left ... This initial access route has footpaths for most of the way.

 

The distance from Inverness Castle to your first trailhead marker-sign at Torbreck is 4 miles approx and with the final trek from Loch Tarff down into Fort Augustus some 4.5 miles, this makes this new "extended" Trail a combined total of 36.5 miles approx ... If continuing your Trek by returning to Inverness from Fort Augustus via the well-established Great Glen Way Trail taking in Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit, the total "Loch Ness Circular" Trail (ie Walklochness360) would total some 79 miles approx, which can be readily accommodated within a 6 to 7 day timescale. Please be aware that discussions are ongoing with the various landowners regarding the possible construction of new "off-road" footpaths connecting both ends of the official "South Loch Ness Trail" and this will be notified on our website at a later date once confirmation has been received.

 

Our daily "Door2Door" Baggage Shuttle Services are operational in both directions throughout the year either along the South Loch Ness Trail on its own, or the combined Loch Ness circular (ie Walklochness360). Baggage drop-off / collection facilities for our clients are available at Inverness and Fort Augustus should this be requested.

 

For all further information on these Routes including the various places of interest etc. on this latest "Outdoor Challenge", please refer to the "South Loch Ness Trail" and the "Great Glen Way" official websites.

 

LOCH NESS TRAVEL

Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, IV63 6UW

BAGGAGE SHUTTLE and SUPPORT SERVICES

Tel: 01456 450550     Mobile: 07711 429616

www.lochnesstravel.com ~ george@lochnesstravel.com

 

Walk Loch Ness 360