Viewpoints and Photo Opportunities Near Inverness and Loch Ness
1: Dores Beach
At the Inverness end of Loch Ness, Dores Beach offers an amazing perspective on the world famous waters. The Loch Ness marker makes this a great place to snap that Instagram image to tell everyone where you are (don’t forget to use #LoveLochNess when you share it!) The beach is located to the rear of the Dores Inn – and the view can also be enjoyed along with a drink from the pub garden. It’s no surprise that world record holding Nessie hunter Steve Feltham has his headquarters here, as the views over the water really are amazing!
2: The Fyrish Monument
North of Inverness on the A9, just before you reach Alness is the Fyrish Monument, a stone gateway built on a hillside in the late 18th Century by Sir Hector Munro to commemorate his service in India and provide work for local labourers. The stone structure, which is visible from the main road below, is said to mirror the gates of Negepata, India, where the landowner served as a general in the British Army. A steep walk from a designated car park (set sat nav to N 57°42'43.92" W 4°18'18.72" to find it) takes visitors right to the stones, and offers unrivalled vistas across the Cromarty Firth and beyond.
3: The High Route
This section of the Great Glen Way from Fort Augustus to Invermoriston offers wonderful views across Loch Ness and the surrounding area. Set your Sat Nav for N 57°8'42.72" W 4°40'50.88" to find the start of this waymarked path – but be aware that amazing views come with effort and be prepared for some steep climbs and descents!
3: Inverness Castle
Easily accessed on foot from the city centre, Inverness Castle offers a great vantage point and is a perfect place to survey your surroundings. Look out across the river Ness as it winds through the city, towards the sea, with Ben Wyvis towering behind in the distance, or turn like the Flora MacDonald statue at this site to look back up the Great Glen towards Loch Ness itself
5: The Millionaires View
Going North from Inverness following the signed Moray First Tourist Route, the Struie Road climbs over the hills to Bonar Bridge, and offers some amazing views across the Dornoch Firth and to the Sutherland Hills beyond. Large laybys provide the perfect place to pull over and enjoy the scenery, while the Millionaires View, as it is known locally, comes complete with information panels to help you understand just what you are looking at.