South Loch Ness, The Wild Side

If you fancy getting away from the crowds and escaping to wild, natural landscapes, then head for South Loch Ness.

Easily accessed from both Fort Augustus and Inverness, South Loch Ness is an area of outstanding natural beauty with heather covered hills, sparkling lochs, deep dark forests and panoramic views that will take your breath away. With such a beautiful and wild landscape it is little wonder that many people come to the area to walk and see the rich diversity of wildlife and flora.

We now have a new long-distance trail that traverses the entire length of South Loch Ness, appropriately named the South Loch Ness Trail –  it passes through some of the most popular and scenic locations on the loch and is perfectly suited for doing short stretches at a time so you most definitely don’t have to be super fit to use it! You will find more information and printable trail maps on the South Loch Ness Trail page.

Many of the walks are waymarked, particularly those in the Inverfarigaig, Foyers and Whitebridge areas, providing excellent safe routes for visitors to experience the area and enjoy wonderful views over Loch Ness. The famous Falls of Foyers can be enjoyed by all ages.

Alternatively, why not try the Trail of the Seven Lochs, a 50-mile loop taking in much of the area’s outstanding scenery. This trail is best enjoyed on horseback or for those looking for more challenging walking. With so many quiet roads, the area is also ideal for cycling.

The area is rich in wildlife – The RSPB site at Loch Ruthven is a must for keen bird watchers but across the area, look out for ospreys, golden eagles, red kites and black grouse. The area has a good population of roe deer, red deer and sika deer but you might also see badgers and pine martin and, especially in autumn, red squirrels.

In or around the small villages of Farr, Croachy, Dores, Inverfarigaig, Foyers, Gorthleck and Whitebridge you will find local artist’s studios and craft shops as well as a number of welcoming places to eat and drink.

Walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding or just searching for peace and tranquillity in a wonderful environment, South Loch Ness has it all.

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