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Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

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Explore the quieter side of Loch Ness, away from the crowds. Hike by beautiful Caledonian pine tress and Scotland's 4th-highest waterfall to the shores of Loch Ness to take in the size and atmosphere of this magnificent loch.

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Duration 8 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup will be from your accommodation/the harbor 15 minutes before your activity starts.
Private group


  • Enjoy the road less traveled in an executive VW Caravelle
  • Adventure through the native Caledonian pine trees
  • Get your own view of the loch away from the crowds
  • Learn about the history of the Highlands
  • Sample some fantastic local baking
Full description
Leaving Inverness down the old "Wade" road and along the alternative side of Loch Ness, take in the spectacular views before you explore the magnificent Caledonian pine woods of Foyers. Pass one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland and learn about the national bard, Rabbie Burns, including how he visited these falls before continuing down to the shores of Loch Ness itself. The track you'll take is only really used by locals, so when the loch opens before you you will more than likely be the only one their to enjoy the atmosphere and views. You'll stay for a while, taking in the calmness of this special place before heading back where some local baking will be waiting for you in the Waterfall Cafe. From there it's back up the loch via some more hidden roads, taking in the typical Highland scenery and wildlife before descending back down to the north end of the Loch at Dores Beach. Take another short walk along the pebble beach to reward yourself with a magnificent perspective of the great glen fault that Loch Ness is a part of. Before returning to Inverness, visit the 4,000-year-old burial chambers of Clava, where you can soak in the history and atmosphere of these ancient monuments.
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Light snacks and water on board
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 12 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • As the hike has a 200-meter descent and you return the same way, a fair level of fitness is required (the walk is through woodland and can sometimes be uneven and slippy)
    Customer reviews

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    Even before the tour started we were sure that it was going to be brilliant. Jamie contacted us beforehand to hear of our interests in order to tailor the day, and even suggested other routes we could try out on the other days. On the day we were picked up from our hotel, and the whole day was amazing. Jamie is very easy going and fun and he had the full attention of our (otherwise occasionally) sully teens. They were so impressed! He is a mine of knowledge, and weaved facts, mythology and the love of Scotland into a lovely hike, which indeed was out of the beaten path of tourists, so we really could appreciate the beauty of Loch Ness and surroundings. A great highlight was the visit to Clava Cairns, it was so spectacular and again Jamie was a great source of knowledge able to put the whole site into context with the greater history for us. A huge applause from us - and we will surely book again next time we are in Scotland! Thank you!

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    August 2, 2021

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