Loch Ness LN100 – recommended route and tips

Clansman Harbour - departure point

Here is our recommended route and some tips for anyone planning to tour the Loch Ness 100 (LN100).

You can also use our interactive Loch Ness map which can be found here.

Interactive map of Loch Ness

  1. Depart Inverness Castle
  2. Head out from the castle along the river to the village of Dores. There you can find a great little Inn on the shores of Loch Ness and also the home of monster hunter Steve Feltham who has lived by the loch for over 25 years and is also the Highlands and Islands Tourism Ambassador.
  3. Further down the loch side, the road takes you to the village of Inverfarigaig then on to Foyers and the burnt out ruin of Boleskine House. This was home to the Wickedest Man in the World Aleister Crowley and also in the 70s it belonged to the rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the band Led Zeppelin. You can also check out the Boleskine Cemetery.
  4. Further along, you can see the waterfalls of Foyers with a lovely cafe just on the roadside. These falls were visited by Robert Burns our national poet who composed a poem about them.
  5. Below Foyers – known as Lower Foyers – you will find the remnants of an aluminum factory and also a Hydro Electric Power station, showing the industrial heritage of the Highlands and this area.
  6. Between Dores and Foyers, high up off the road, there are still remnants of the roads of General Wade.
  7. Passing Whitebridge and on to Glendoe, you will visit another area that produces Hydro Electric, through the pump storage system
  8. You will then drop down to the village of Fort Augustus, famous for its Benedictine Abbey and now turned into private residences.
  9. This is also the end of Loch Ness and a great place to watch the boats navigate another piece of industrial heritage, the Caledonian Canal. Built in 1822, the canal is one of the finest pieces of engineering of its type in Western Europe.
  10. You should also linger to enjoy the many good eateries and accommodation in Fort Augustus.
  11. Leaving Fort Augustus on the A82 signposted to Inverness, you will pass the Invermoriston loch side lodges and hobbit houses.
  12. Then it’s round to the tiny village of Invermoriston with its old bridge built by Thomas Telford and a great rocky drop with the River Moriston flowing underneath. This is a great opportunity to see salmon leaping up to spawn.
  13. Continuing on the route, you will pass the old Altsigh youth hostel. One of the very few properties built on the loch side, it was originally a tea house and friendly stop after the road was opened in 1933.
  14. Further along you pass Achnahannet and the first real home of monster hunters. Back in the 60s, this field was the home of the Loch Ness Bureau of Investigation started by David James MP and the naturalist Sir Peter Scott.
  15. Next, you will pass the chambered cairn built by the villagers of Drumnadrochit as a tribute to John Cobb, who was tragically killed attempting the world water speed record on Loch Ness in 1952.
  16. Then you will travel on the headland where you will see the mighty Urquhart Castle. It is a magnificent ruined fortress right on the fist of Strone Point and reaching out to probably the deepest part of Loch Ness. You can stop here and enjoy the view, the visitor centre and an audio visual presentation. You can also enjoy lunch or just a light refreshment.
  17. Then it’s down the hill and inward to the end of the valley of Glenurquhart passing Borlum Farm.
  18. Your journey will then take you onto “the capital of Loch Ness”, the village of Drumnadrochit which in the Gaelic language means “ridge over the bridge”. There, you will find shops, two exhibitions to the monster, coffee shops and restaurants. It is a popular tourist stop with hotel accommodation, guest houses and lots of B&Bs.
  19. Leaving the village of Drumnadrochit, you head westwards passing the village of Milton known locally as “The Holy City “ and once the domicile of the millworkers who worked on the mills on the River Enrick.
  20. You will pass Loch Meikle situated below Balnain where the grand Kilmartin Hall sits, once having appeared as the Caledonian Hotel in the Billy Wilder movie “The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes”.
  21. Eight miles from Drumnadrochit, take a left 3/4mile along a minor road and you will arrive at one of the finest megalithic burial tombs excavated in 1952. Corrimony Chambered Cairn is a stone circle and central burial chamber which is over 4,000 years old and was the last resting place of a very noble person held in high esteem.
  22. On to the village of Cannich and Tomich and Guisachan Estate which was where the first Golden Retriever dog was bred.
  23. Then on to Glen Affric, one of the Forestry Commission’s Reserves and home of the Great Wood of Caledon and the Caledonian Pine Forests. No wonder this was used for the filming of the original “Last of the Mohicans” for BBC many years ago.
  24. On your return, you will drive back to Drumnadrochit.
  25. You should then go to the Clansman Harbour where we sail from daily with short cruises to the castle and back. You can book in advance or online. We are just below the Clansman Hotel where you can park, have lunch, a beer and get some great souvenirs and whiskeys in the shop.
  26. The closing part of the trip is to Dochgarroch and back to the Caledonian Canal where we have another departure point / booking office and loads of parking for coaches, cars and motorbikes.
  27. Then, just as you enter Inverness and pass the Torvean Golf Club, we have another departure point at Tomnahurich Bridge where you can book a longer trip to Urquhart Castle aboard the Jacobite Queen.
  28. Finally, you will run through Inverness and return to the castle where a well-deserved and relaxing drink in the Castle Tavern is a must.

Enjoy the Loch Ness 100 (LN100) … it’s a great trip and who knows what else you might spot from the shores.