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South Loch Ness Walk and Cycle Trail

Forestry Commission,, Tower Rd, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7NL

South Loch Ness Walk and Cycle Trail

The 28 mile South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail was completed at a cost of £210,000 covers a 28 mile route along the length of Loch Ness. The route can be walked or cycled (see note for cyclists below) in either direction from Torbreck on the edge of Inverness to Loch Tarf just outside Fort Augustus at the souithern end of Loch Ness.

The south side of Loch Ness is a much quieter area than the busy northern shore, the route reaches a height of some 1,200ft (aprox 400m) at the Suidhe Viewpoint taking the cyclists and walkers through forest, heather, peat clad moors and fabulous views which include views over Loch Ness. The trail passes the Falls of Foyers, romanticised by Rabbie Burns (Scotland's National Poet) back in 1787. It has been one of major tourist attraction on the south side of Loch Ness since Victorian times

It was the southern shore that the first road along Loch Ness was built by General Wade in 1732 (to help control the rebelious Highland Clans). At Whitebridge there is one of the finest surviving examples of a single span General Wade Bridge. This bridge predates the Battle of Culloden by 14 years when the Jacobite clans were defeated by Government forces on the outskirts of Inverness..

Cyclist Detour - There is a short detour for cyclists between Foyers and Inverfarigaig, requiring them to take a route via Glenlia.

For full details on the trail where you can down laod full details including PDF maps and images on the South Loch Ness Trail. 

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