LOCH NESS AREA : WALKING

If you enjoy walking and can’t wait to get into the great Scottish outdoors we strongly recommend you visit Walking Scotland , Walking World or Walkabout Scotland. These sites offer a selection of great walks for those of you looking for a relaxing stroll, through to the more adventurous of you prepared for a hill scramble. If you are looking specifically for mountain challenges have a look at Mountaineering Scotland.

For the more adventurous among you……

There are four official long walks in Scotland that you may want to try:

Walks to do as a family….

If you and your family are keen to experience the beautiful area around Loch Ness itself, we recommend a number of less strenuous walks:

  • Inverfarigaig - Foyers - Loch Ness – Inverfarigaig : A fantastic, easy 6.5 mile walk overlooking Loch Ness, with great view points for a bit of monster spotting. This walk on the Southern shore starts out high above Loch Ness, it has wonderful views and ends with you actually walking along the shore of the loch itself.
  • The Falls of Foyers : A 2.4 mile short, sharp walk from Upper Foyers to Lower Foyers on the Southern shore of Loch Ness. The paths are narrow and steep, but well maintained and this is an easy walk. The gorge is beautiful and the waterfall, especially in winter is spectacular. This is a real favourite with our family when we have an hour or two to spare. You can combine this walk with the one above.
  • Bunloit- Alltsigh (part of the Great Glen Way) : An enjoyable 5.6 mile high level walk which offers great views of Loch Ness. If the weather is good, at one point you can almost see the entire length of the loch. The walk is undulating and we would say is of moderate difficulty but if you have the time (and some good walking boots !) is worth doing. Easy to reach from the main A82.
  • Dores- Aldourie- Dores : A short 3 mile circular walk, suitable for all the family at the northern end of Loch Ness, offers excellent views of the length of loch and is within easy distance of Inverness.
  • Drumnadrochit – Craigmonie – Divach Falls : If you want to combine a family walk with a visit to Official Loch Ness Monster exhibition in Drumnadrochit this could be the walk for you. This 5 mile walk leaves from the centre of Drumnadrochit village on the north shore of Loch Ness and takes you to Craigmonie Hill (make sure you take time enjoys the superb views of Loch Ness) before progressing up a steepish road climb to Divach Falls.
  • Caledonian Canal ( Fort Augustus – Kytra Loch) : A gentle 4.9 mile stroll suitable for all the family along the edge of the Caledonian Canal. Leaves from the lovely highland village of Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness. You walk with the canal on one side and enjoy the beautiful scenery across River Oich on the other.

And of course, if you want to a real challenge - climb Ben Nevis ……

Ben Nevis is Britain’s highest mountain at 4,406 ft and part of the spectacular Nevis Range. The easiest route to climb the mountain is via the Mountain Track. This is a real mountain challenge, with the appropriate gear being required. The walk will take between 6-9 hours and in ideal, clear conditions offers superb views throughout. Ben Nevis can comfortably be climbed between April and the end of September, but is certainly no place for novice climbers between October and April when the mountain is generally covered in thick snow, visibility is poor and the weather can change in minutes. Even in the summer months climbers should be prepared for rapidly changing weather and the fact the temperature at the top of the summit is typically 9 degrees cooler than in Fort William. For more information on climbing Ben Nevis safely visit the Nevis Partnership or Mountaineering Scotland.

For more walks in Scotland you could also have a look at the great selection of maps and routes available from Amazon.

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