Inverness is economically booming and rapidly expanding city, but there are some worthwhile outings to be had. The banks of the River Ness and its islands, together with the Caledonian Canal, give a superb urban circuit, whilst Craig Phadraig, site of an old iron age fort, can be seen from most of the city. If you however wish to challenge yourself a little bit more, check the new South Loch Ness Trail!
The South Loch Ness Trail is a brand new, exciting trail for all types of user and was officially launched only two years ago. The trail stretches for approximately 28 miles between Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness.
Starting from Loch Tarff a few miles outside Fort Augustus, the trail rises sharply to Suidhe Viewpoint at 1200ft. From here south Loch Ness stretches out before you. It is a land of mystery and legend, bountiful wildlife and flora, forest, heather, peat clad moors and awe inspiring views. It is also the peaceful ‘undiscovered’ side of Loch Ness dominated by quiet minor roads and small communities – the population of the area is today still less than 1000.
From Suidhe Viewpoint the trail drops down through woodland and follows a minor road to Whitebridge and from there it roughly follows the line of the old Wade road to the village of Foyers.
Whilst most of the trail is easily accessible to all users, the path is not suitable for cyclists and horses between Foyers and Inverfarigaig. The trail goes up several hundred feet to the hamlet of Inverfarigaig. En route there are fantastic views out over Loch Ness and the woodland it passes through is rich and varied.
From Inverfarigaig the trail follows what is know locally as the Corkscrew road to a high point on forest track 1300ft above Loch Ness. It is here that the trail affords the most spectacular views up and down the length of Loch Ness and directly across to Urquhart Castle and Drumnadrochit. From here the trail then drops down gradually to the village of Dores at the head of Loch Ness.
At Dores you get the best views down the length of the loch! It also has a beach, which is very popular in summer. From here the last few miles of the trail are on a mixture of minor road and woodland path before coming to an end at Torbreck on the edge of Inverness.
If you’re a keen hiker and would like to check the best trails in Scotland, why not start with the South Loch Ness Trail! And after completing this breathtaking walk, treat yourself to a weekend stay at Thistle Inverness - a perfect place for leisure travellers!