Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh “Hill of the Cold Slopes”

Explore Loch Ness’ most prominent hill for some amazing views of the Loch and the Great Glen

Our area around Inverness and Loch Ness has an abundance of hills and mountains you can climb, from a wee stroll up to Craig Phadrig in Inverness to serious Munro-bagging near Glen Affric. But one hill, in particular, stands out – literally!

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh. You’ve probably never heard of it, but if you have visited Loch Ness before, you’ve most certainly seen it. Its distinctive shape can be spotted in almost all photos taken of Loch Ness from the beach at Dores Inn, where you get a beautiful view down the whole of the Loch. The hill is Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, the round shaped hill above the village of Drumnadrochit.

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh is Gaelic for “Hill of the cold slopes” and for the hillwalkers, among you, it’s classed as a Graham. It is usually climbed from the small car park at Bunloit near Drumnadrochit, where a well-marked path leads you to the summit. If you are coming from Inverness, follow the A82 to Drumnadrochit and look for the signpost to Bunloit on the right-hand side once you have passed through the village – the road to Bunloit is an adventure in itself, you will see what I mean when you drive up! At the end of the road, just park in the designated car park just before you get to Loch Ness Clay Works Pottery and Cafe and look for the sign “Hill footpath”.

Walk Time and Level

Allow between 3 – 5 hours for the whole walk (9 km), depending on your fitness level and how often you are planning to stop and take photos!

The walk to the top is fairly steep in parts, but once you have reached the summit, you will see it’s well worth the effort – you are rewarded with amazing views of Loch Ness and the whole of the Great Glen as far as Ben Nevis! On a clear day, you can even see the sea beyond Inverness.

The History of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh

Due to its position and distinctive shape, in days gone by this little hill used to be a marker for ships at sea coming into the port of Inverness.

So if we have inspired you to dig out your hiking boots and explore for yourself, have a look at the “Outdoor Activities & Sports” section of our website where you can find more info on walking, cycling and more! Or if you are not feeling that energetic, just make your way to Dores, stroll along the pebble beach and enjoy the magnificent views of Loch Ness and Meall Fuar-mhonaidh!