Your tour of the south side of Loch Ness can begin at Inverness Castle, walking, cycling or driving. It is also the starting point for anyone wishing to tour the North Coast 500 (NC500) the Loch Ness 100 (LN100) or the Great Glen.
You will then head out the B862 to the village of Dores, passing the entrance to Pringles Woollen Mill and then Aldourie Castle. The fairy-tale-style castle on the banks of Loch Ness is not open to the public. However, our cruises from Dochgarroch Loch pass it every day and you can gain a great view on board either the Jacobite Queen or the Jacobite Rebel.
Dores, once famous for its pottery, is now well known as the home of Steve Feltham, who has spent the last 25 years living in a converted mobile library looking for the Loch Ness Monster. You can drop in to see him and buy one of the lovely Nessie sculptures he makes to earn a living,
Next to where Steve is based is the Dores Inn, a famous watering hole and a lovely place to relax and try some Loch Ness Gin.
Then, heading west along the shore road, you will come to Inverfarigaig, a small village close to a rugged gorge, forests and magnificent woodland walks. It is here that Boswell and Johnstone stayed on their Highland visit in 1773, 27 years after the battle of Culloden. General Wade also built his famous roads in this area.
Carrying on towards the village of Foyers, you will come upon what’s left of the world-famous Boleskine House. Sadly destroyed by fire, it was once the home of the Master of the Occult, Aleister Crowley.
Further west, in Foyers itself, you will discover an excellent camp site and access for fishing on the loch. To fish for salmon, you will need a licence which can be obtained from Graham’s shop, in Castle Street, Inverness.
A must-see attraction in Foyers is The Falls, written about by none other than our national poet Robert Burns. You can also take a break at Cameron’s café for some tea and cake.
Next, you will leave the village of Foyers and head towards Whitebridge. Look out for the hump-back bridge! High in the hills above Loch Ness, you will enjoy fascinating scenery and a rugged and wild landscape. It’s a great opportunity to get some really good photos of the Highlands. This is also a chance for you to take a moorland or forest walk.
The Suidhe Chuimein viewpoint is a great location to get a 360-degree panorama around the hills above Loch Ness … it’s a must stop on your journey.
A break at Whitebridge Hotel would also be recommended before dropping down to Fort Augustus and completing your tour of the south side of Loch Ness. We hope you enjoy your trip and that you will also find time to join us for a relaxing boat trip on Loch Ness itself.
PS: And here's our recommended route if you now wish to tour the north side of Loch Ness.
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