The Loch Ness Circular is a long-distance walking holiday in Scotland. This walk will suit anyone wanting a relaxing walking holiday in superb surroundings. The Loch Ness circular walk is 81 miles in length and can be walked comfortably in 5 - 7 days.
Loch Ness is situated in the Great Glen, which is a natural fault line, or glacial trough which separates the Grampian Mountains from the North-West Highlands. The actual Loch is some 23 miles in length, and some 230 metres deep. Dramatic heather clad mountains rising from the shores make for some truly stunning views.
The world-famous legend of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, has to date never been proven. Just as well really, as dreaming about monsters is preferable to spotting one! This legend has been a hot topic since the 7th century. Whilst you almost certainly won’t see any monsters, you will be luckier with the wildlife in the area. Grouse are common to Scotland, and Golden Eagles, Kites and Goshawks are regal in the skies. Red Deer, Roe Deer, and red squirrels are a familiar sight. Keep your eyes peeled for otters on the shores. These creatures are reasonably shy, so you need to be quiet.
From Inverness, the Loch Ness circular makes a complete circuit around the beautiful Loch Ness. Following forest tracks, paths, sheep and Drovers ways. Picturesque villages along the way include Dores, Inverfarigaig and Foyers (where you can visit the beautiful waterfalls - the Falls of Foyers). Fort Augustus sits at the southern end of the Loch, and from here you swing back round, and head north again. Climbing through woodland and a chance to view the expanse of this truly vast Loch. On these walking days, you will arrive at Invermoriston. A pretty little village with a fabulous old bridge that spans the waters. Urquhart Castle which is perched upon a rocky outcrop high above the Loch, and the village of Drumnadrochit are yet other notable places along this route.
You will also have the opportunity to walk along a section of the Caledonian Canal. Easy walking and pretty too.
The river Ness connects the Loch to the sea at the Firth. Inverness means ‘mouth of the river Ness’. It is here that the walk comes to its end, in front of the 12th Century Inverness Castle.
Scotland is a fabulous country for photographers. The dramatic landscape lends itself so well to light and shadows. Colours of heather, rock, trees, sky and water all create an overload for the eye. Capture some magnificent shots to create some fond memories. The Loch Ness circular is a comfortably easy walk which lends itself to taking time for photography, or even sketching along the way.
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