Loch Ness 360
About Loch Ness 360
Loch Ness is an iconic landmark of the Highlands and this trek allows walkers to experience it in all its glory. The Loch Ness 360 trail is a 130km circular trek around Loch Ness. A growingly popular route for walkers, runners and cyclists.
Beginning and ending in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, this well pathed yet sometimes challenging walk can be split into 6 sections. The route combines both the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail and takes on average 6-7 days to complete (if walking). Both routes are waymarked, follow the blue waymarks with thistles for the Great Glen Way and blue waymarks with squirrels for the South Loch Ness Trail. The walk passes up above Loch Ness, through woodland and villages across varied terrain including paths, forestry tracks, bog and minor roads. There are some challenging sections of the route including steep inclines and uneven, narrow paths so some experience of hill walking and good fitness is necessary to complete the Loch Ness 360.
Section 1: Inverness to Drumnadrochit (30.5km, approx. 7-9 hours)
The route begins in Inverness and takes you along the Great Glen Way to Drumnadrochit, the home of Urquhart Castle. This is the longest distance of the 6 sections.
Section 2: Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston (21.75km, approx. 6-7.5 hours)
Taking you high above Loch Ness this section of the walk has guaranteed spectacular views, even on a bleak day!
Section 3: Invermoriston to Fort Augustus (12.25km, approx. 4-4.5 hours)
Still following along the Great Glen Way this is one of the shorter sections finishing in the scenic village of Fort Augustus.
Section 4: Fort Augustus to Foyers (22.5km, approx. 5.5 – 6 hours)
Now setting off on the South Loch Ness Trail, this section passes the halfway point. Passing through a mix of settings and terrain this section has some spectacular views and gives a real feel of the remoteness of the Highlands!
Section 5: Foyers to Dores (22km, approx. 5-6 hours)
Leaving the village of Foyers this next section takes you across a stretch of forestry tracks and road to the village of Dores. Here you can get right down to the banks of Loch Ness and enjoy a pint at the popular Dores Inn overlooking the Loch.
Section 6: Dores to Inverness (16.5km, approx. 4-4.5 hours)
The final section of the Loch Ness 360 and South Loch Ness Trail takes you away from Loch Ness and back towards Inverness. This final stretch boasts impressive views of the Kessock Bridge and Moray Firth. The Loch Ness 360 finishes where you started in Inverness.
For a more detailed breakdown of the Loch Ness 360 Trail visit Walk Highlands.
To make your walk more pleasant save yourself the hassle of hiking with baggage and book our baggage transfer service. We can pick up your bags from any of the sections of the Loch Ness 360 (and other walks) and take them to your next stop.