Take a walk on the wild side of Loch Ness this year. The south side of the loch is quieter, wilder and utterly breath-taking. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are so many things to do in South Loch Ness, you might not know where to start!
The South Loch Ness Trail
When it comes to Loch Ness sightseeing, start your adventure on our new long-distance trail. The South Loch Ness trail is a 58 km trail ideal for walking or cycling. Because it’s split into manageable sections, it’s ideal whatever your level of fitness. It’s also a popular walk for families.
Walking in South Loch Ness
You’ll find a wide range of cycling, horse riding and walking trails here. Most trails are waymarked, making them ideal for visitors. Stop off at the Falls of Foyers or explore the Trail of the Seven Lochs on horseback. With plenty of quiet roads, this side of the loch is popular with cyclists.
Flora and Fauna
Nature lovers flock to the south side of Loch Ness, with its diverse flora and fauna. Look out for roe and red deer, sika deer, pine martin, badgers and squirrels along the way! Or head for the RSPB site at Loch Ruthven to spot black grouse, ospreys, red kites and golden eagles.
There are many pretty villages close to the south side of the Loch. Head for Dores, Farr, Foyers, Croachy, Whitebridge or Gorthleck. Here you’ll find craft workshops and artist’s studios where you can meet local artists and perhaps shop for souvenirs. There are also a range of welcoming inns, pubs and restaurants. Stop off for a wee dram, a spot of lunch or a coffee, with views over the loch.
When it comes to Loch Ness sightseeing, you’ll find so many things to do in South Loch Ness. Stunning scenery, waymarked walking trails, cycling paths and diverse wildlife combine for an unforgettable experience. Get off the beaten track this year and explore what the south side of the loch has to offer for yourself!
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