Loch Ness – Itinerary Two
South Loch Ness Car Tour
This is a one-day self-guided car tour, stopping at some of the highlights of south Loch Ness, the wilder, more remote side of the loch, great for walking and stunning views. It takes around two hours of driving time to loop around the whole of Loch Ness. Starting and finishing in Inverness.
Stop 1 – From the hotel, head south out of town and onto the B862. Our first stop is Dores Beach, a 15-minute drive away. Dores is a tiny Loch Ness village with a long shingle beach which offers stunning views over the water. You can take a short walk along the beach. Or enjoy an extended walk on the Aldourie Castle Circuit for fantastic views of the loch, castle and Meall Fuar Mhonaidh. There is a great pub beside the beach for refreshments.
Stop 2 – Continue along the B862 for a further 20 minutes. The route follows General Wade’s Military Road, a historic road constructed under the British Army in the 18th century, in the aftermath of the Jacobite Risings. Stop at Farigiag Woods for a choice of walking trails, with wonderful viewpoints and abundant wildlife to look out for, including red squirrels!
Stop 3 – Carry on southwards, towards the village of Foyers, less than a 10-minute drive. Along the way, you’ll pass Boleskine House, a historic manor house, which was once home to author Aleister Crowle and Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page. Currently the house is being restored and is not open to the public, but the area is still worth a short stop. You can explore the nearby Boleskine Burial Ground, a fascinating place shrouded in myth and legend.
Stop 4 – Next, you’ll pass the Falls of Foyers. This is a spectacular waterfall on the River Foyers with a 50 metre drop. A south Loch Ness must-see with both an upper and a lower viewpoint.
Lunch – For lunch, you could stop at the Waterfall Café by the Falls of Foyers. Here you can enjoy tasty home-cooked treats, take in amazing views and browse the gift shop. Or you could continue on a further half a mile to Camerons Tea Room. A bright and open café, serving delicious food and drink. Meet the Highland cows grazing in the field and visit the farm shop for local seasonal produce and souvenirs.
Stop 5 – Now head south to Fort Augustus. At the southern tip of Loch Ness, this picturesque village on the Caledonian Canal is our final stop. The best way to experience Loch Ness in on the water, and from here, you can take a boat trip with Cruise Loch Ness.
Dinner – Head back to Inverness, this time along the north side of the loch, via the A82, for a change of scenery. Back at the hotel, you can enjoy fine dining in Torrish Restaurant or a relaxed bistro experience at Bruach.
If you have more time, you’ll find additional sample itineraries in our Highland Holiday Itineraries section. Including our road trip along the north side of the loch. Our Concierge Team are here to help with itinerary planning during your stay with us, so please ask if you need any assistance at all.Contact Us