Hidden Gems in the Glens
Inverness and Loch Ness welcome thousands of visitors every year who want to experience the magnificent scenery, culture and history of the Highlands and most people head straight for the well-known visitor attractions around the famous Loch. But we locals know a few amazing spots off the beaten track that we’d like to share with you. So if you are looking for some different things to do in inverness and Loch Ness when you come and visit then read on. Here are five hidden gems in the glens for you to explore when you arrive!
Plodda Falls are one of the Highlands’ most spectacular waterfalls and are not far from the nature reserve of Glen Affric. If you dare, walk out to the edge of the viewing platform and look down at the water plunging nearly 50 metres into the river Abhainn Deabhag! The road to the waterfall is small and uneven, so take care and follow the advice for single track roads…
Most visitors to Inverness have heard of Glen Affric, often called “Scotland’s most beautiful Glen”, but we think Glen Strathfarrar near Beauly is also very special. Glen Strathfarrar is surrounded by impressive mountains and unspoilt scenery. To keep it unspoilt, road access to the glen is strictly limited to a set number of cars a day and visitors are encouraged to explore the glen on foot or by bike instead, which makes a visit to Glen Strathfarrar a uniquely peaceful experience.
Farigaig Woods is a lovely spot on the quiet South Side of Loch Ness that offers woodland walks, hidden lochs and amazing views of Loch Ness.
Park at the Forestry Commission car park and start exploring! There is a network of trails for all abilities – can you find the hidden lochans (small lochs) and the remains of an ancient fort at Dun Dearduil?
The narrow gorge of Reelig Glen with its steep sides is home to some of Scotland’s tallest trees! Get close to nature on the circular walk round this special woodland. Outlander fans may be interested to know that the woodland once belonged to the Fraser family and many of the trees were planted by James Baillie Fraser in the 18th century.
The Fairy Glen near Rosemarkie on the Black Isle is just a short drive from Inverness, but it’s a hidden gem of peaceful woodland walks and waterfalls. The Fairy Glen is an RSPB reserve, so keep an eye out for wildlife! On a nice day, a stroll along nearby Rosemarkie beach is highly recommended.
So there you have it. With all these hidden attractions and places to visit near Inverness and Loch Ness, you may need to extend your stay! Now you can plan your day trips in advance, knowing that you are going to experience some pretty special places and create some pretty special memories.