Activities in South Loch Ness

There are a wealth of activities to take part in when staying in the South Loch Ness Area.

The majority of folk visit the area because of the beauty and variety of the Nature,  so at the top of the list would be the varied Walks and Trails that can be referenced from a splendid map downloadable at or available from many tourism outlets in South Loch Ness. We have two major multi user routes – The Trail of the 7 Lochs (a 50 mile loop trail) and the South Loch Ness Trail (soon to be completed and link with the Great Glen Way to offer a 360 “round the Loch” trail).

Boat Trips offer a great alternative view of Loch Ness. You can choose from an exhilarating RIB ride from Fort Augustus, a serene cruise with Jacobite or the new service being provided at our very own Foyers Pier.

Cycling is tremendously popular on the quiet single track roads and we have the National Cycle Route 78 (the Caledonian Way) which runs all the way from Campbeltown to Inverness passing through the area. Cycles can be hired locally . The Etape (round Loch Ness Cycle Race) is run every year in April on closed roads so providing the ultimate experience for the road cyclist.

Running is represented by the Baxters Marathon run annually in September and plenty of on road and off road is practised in this area

Fishing is plentiful with hundreds of lochs, lochans and rivers in the Straths, either from the banks, by wading the salmon rivers or fishing from boats, with gillies or without. Salmon, sea trout, trout, pike – whatever your bag.

Horseriding is a great way to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of South Loch Ness. Full licensed and approved facilities are available in our area for experienced horse riders, offering from a short hack to a full riding holiday. Horse owners can bring their own horses on holiday with them as there are several places that can provide suitable accommodation for both horses and riders to explore the countryside.

One of the more unusual activities is Wild Water Swimming, where we have an increasing number of dedicated swimmers (with and without wetsuits) gathering most Saturdays in Dores Bay to challenge chilly waters of Loch Ness. The Loch Gu Loch Race comes to South Loch Ness in September each year with its 13 swim sections and 47 m of running. The only places you cannot swim are the lochs that are used to provide a water supply.

Rock-Climbing has many enthusiasts in the area who offer information on the best places to go.

Boating is offered in Foyers with both kayaks and motor boats.

Archery is also available in Foyers .
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