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South Loch Ness Trail FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the South Loch Ness Trail.

Q: Can I get to the start of the South Loch Ness Trail at Torbreck by public transport?
A: At the Inverness end there is a bus service which operates 3 times per day from Inverness Monday to Friday, 2 times on Saturday, no service on Sunday. It will take you to within 200 yards of the start. For up-to-date public transport information and timetables, please visit Traveline Scotland.

Q: Where along the trail are there places to stop and get something to eat and drink?
A: Food and drink is available at the Whitebridge Hotel, The Waterfall Café and the Craigdarroch House Hotel at Foyers, Cameron’s Tearoom just outside Foyers village, Loch Ness Shores Caravan Park and the
Dores Inn on Dores Beach.

Q: Are there any books I can buy on South Loch Ness and points of interest along the route?
A: There are two very informative guides to the South Side of Loch Ness. Users can purchase the “South Loch Ness Heritage Booklet” for £3 and ‘A Country Called Stratherrick’ by Alan B. Lawson for £7 from the South Loch Ness Heritage Group.

Q: What is the mobile phone reception like along the length of the trail?
A: Variable! The position has improved substantially over the past two years but don’t rely on your mobile phone to keep in touch!

Q: Are there sections of the trail that can be walked as part of a day-walk?
A: Yes, there are a number of sections of the trail that can be walked as a day walk. Three of the most popular are as follows: 1) Foyers – Inverfarigaig return: Very popular this 10km walk has numerous opportunities to explore ‘off trail’. To return to Foyers users can either return by the same route or follow another local trail which drops down close to the lochside. 2) Fort Augustus to Suidhe, one way: Another 10km route this route starts at Fort Augustus Abbey and winds its way up newly constructed trail to Suidhe Viewpoint, one of the highest points on the trail. A beautiful section it has many opportunities for great photo stops. 3) Torbreck – Dores return: This route is 22km and can be returned on minor road thus avoiding a steep climb back up the minor road at Aldourie. Lunch available at the Dores Inn on the shores of Loch Ness

Q: How much of the trail is on road?
A: At present, approximately 8 km follows either minor roads or unclassified roads. The longest stretch of road is between Knockie and Whitebridge.

Q: I want to cycle the Trail. Where can I hire bikes from?
A: We recommend Ticket to Ride Bicycle Hire. Tel: 01463 419160

Q: Is there a map available of the trail?
A: Presently there is no bespoke map of the trail although we hope to have one available by April 2019. In the meantime, the existing South Loch Ness Trail map is still available. To purchase a waterproof hard copy map, price £5.95 plus postage, please contact us on 01463 219219 or e mail at admin@visitiln.com. Also, the South Loch Ness Access Group have a very good map of local walks including the South Loch Ness Trail. This is available at accommodations on the south side of Loch Ness or from Visit Inverness Loch Ness using the same contact details. The map is free although a contribution to the Access Group is appreciated.

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