Private tour

Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

Activity provider: Secret Highlands
Private tour

Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

Activity provider: Secret Highlands

From US$ 342.50 per person

Explore the quieter side of Loch Ness, without the crowds by an experienced private guide. Beautiful Caledonian pines, Scotland's 4th-highest waterfall, the shores of Loch Ness and much more!

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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.
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  • Enjoy the road less traveled in a Mercedes V Class
  • 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
  • Light snacks and water on board
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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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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The guide arrived on time, gave us a few options to choose from and was nice and amiable. The attractions chosen, were suited to our expectations and were a great relief in comparison to previously experienced crowded tours. Our guide Jamie, turned out as a great guy and we had a very enjoyable time with him(hope it was mutual). All in all, will consider favorably in the future to take private tours.

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March 26, 2023

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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March 26, 2023

C'était absolument magique! Nous étions seulement ma soeur, moi et notre guide, et le sentier que nous avons empruntés jusqu'au loch est réellement secret et connu des locaux uniquement. La promenade est assez facile je trouve, des enfants doivent pouvoir y arriver. Notre guide était extrêmement sympathique, il nous a beaucoup renseignées sur l'histoire de l'Écosse, et contrairement aux guides touristiques s'il ne sait pas quelque chose il n'invente pas, il va chercher la vraie information! C'était une journée très agréable, clôturée en beauté par la visite de Clava Cairns et du champ de bataille entre Jacobites et armée royale. On peut aussi se baigner dans le Loch Ness, mais il y avait trop de vent pour que nous le fassions. Cette expérience était vraiment très personnelle et locale, et je la recommande vivement! Merci beaucoup à notre guide :)

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 367970