At the Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus this morning VILN announced that work had now been completed on the last major section of the South Loch Ness trail between the Glendoe Hydro works entrance and Loch Tarff. At an event attended by funders, local community representatives, landowners and local businesses, CEO Graeme Ambrose said “We are absolutely delighted to be making this announcement today. The 3.6km section between Glendoe and Loch Tarff has been particularly challenging and would not have been possible without funding support from SSE, The Highland Council and the Scottish Government & European Union totally £250,000, as well as the full support from Glendoe Estate over whose land the trail has been constructed.’
Graeme went on to say “completion of the trail now opens the way for linking the trail with the Great Glen way on the north side and creation of the LochNess360° which will create new opportunities for businesses and communities.” This point was picked up by Provost Helen Carmichael when she officially ‘cut the ribbon’ to open the new section at Loch Tarff following the event at the Lovat saying “It is also exciting to hear of the plans to link the South Loch Ness Trail with the Great Glen Way and create a LochNess360° trail, which I am sure will attract many long distance walkers and benefit not only tourism businesses around Loch Ness but also in Inverness”
The potential of a LochNess360° was also recognised today with the added announcement by Graeme that VILN are in the very early stages of planning, in partnership with No Fuss events, a major new event on the LochNess360° in 2020. A truly ‘Monster Challenge’ the event for runners, walkers and cyclists will be spread over three days and be based in communities around Loch Ness.