Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

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  • World-famous Loch Ness: wild, beautiful and slightly mysterious
  • Dramatic gorges, brooding lochs, tumbling waterfalls, breathtaking views at every turn
  • Superb bird-spotting: ospreys, red kites, peregrines, buzzards, magnificent golden eagles
  • Red squirrels, red deer, pine martins and even dolphin sightings!
  • Rich Scottish Highlands clan culture and history

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Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

Few places stir the imagination like Loch Ness; a jewel in Scotland's crown and a window to its wild and wistful soul. This is a magical place of undisputed natural beauty, shrouded in mystery and legend, where history and heritage are greatly revered.

Our 6-night self-guided walk explores the remote, southern side of Loch Ness where shady forests, tumbling waterfalls and rolling, heather-clad moors provide a misty backdrop to some of the most spectacular hiking in the Scottish Glens. It's a timeless and kaleidoscopic landscape and the place to visit if you want peace, tranquillity and an 'escape from it all' experience.

The walking is relaxed, with few serious climbs, taking in: the serene Caledonian Canal, a section of the Great Glen Way, pretty Beauly Firth and a wealth of lochs and rivers whose glassy waters mirror the seemingly endless sky. Plant and birdlife are prolific, and there's a high probability of spotting deer too.

The south side of Loch Ness was once the main military route from Fort Augustus to Inverness, and its undiscovered woodland, quiet paths and remote villages are steeped in history. Everywhere you'll be staying has its own unique appeal: a Victorian former mansion; a Highlands country inn; a friendly B&B with direct beach access, and a luxury riverside hotel in the heart of Inverness.

Varied walking following a mixture of woodland paths, country lanes and forest tracks. Some steep, but relatively short, ascents and descents, but a good head for heights is not necessary.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Inverness

Arrive in the wonderful waterside town of Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.

Day 2 The Great Glen Way 13km/8mi/3hr or 18km/11.5mi/4.5hri

Set off along a section of the Great Glen Way, overlooking Loch Oich, to the historic Bridge of Oich. Continue along the Caledonian Canal towpath to Fort Augustus, at the southern tip of Loch Ness.

Day 3 At Fort Augustus

Spend the day in Fort Augustus, walking in the surrounding woodland or taking a boat trip on the world famous waters of Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle.

Day 4 South Loch Ness Trail to Foyers 16km/10mi/5hr

Follow the South Loch Ness Trail with spectacular views of the wild and timeless Highlands. Pass through the village of Whitebridge and on, through shaded forest, to Rabbie Burns' famous Falls of Foyers.

Day 5 Foyers to Dores 15km/9.5mi/3.5hr or 19km/12mi/5hr

Head up through the Boleskine woods to Inverfarigaig, with stunning views of the crags of Dun Deardail; from Fair-Haired Lad's Pass down over Loch Ness to the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

Day 6 The Caledonian Canal and Beauly Firth Circular Walk 12km/7.5mi/4hrly Firth Circular Walk 12km/

After a short bus ride to Inverness, take in the Ness Islands, ancient Craig Phadrig, the sea locks at Beauly Firth and perhaps even some dolphins in Beauly Firth. Loop back to Inverness to explore its shops, cafes and castle.

Day 7 Leave Inverness

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Glen Mhor Hotel

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness (3 Star)

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Set along the tree lined banks of the River Ness in the shadow of Inverness Castle is The Glen Mhor Hotel. The Glen Mhor is a collection of stylish Victorian townhouses situated just minutes’ walk from Inverness town centre and railway station and offers classic Highland hospitality. There is a restaurant offering an informal atmosphere and dining inspired by French cuisine. There is also an extensive whiskey collection in the bar.

Dates Deluxe King Room Deluxe King Riverside Room Suite
01/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £18 £22 £28

All prices shown above are valid from 02/11/2016.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

The Lovat

The Lovat, Fort Augustus (4 Star)

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The Lovat is an award-winning eco-conscious hotel, situated on the southern tip of Loch Ness. The beautiful Victorian building with authentic décor is located in the loch-side village of Fort Augustus and has a restaurant which, in 2007, was named a Top 10 Restaurant in Scotland by the Press and Journal. It was recently awarded three AA rosettes for culinary excellence.

Dates Deluxe Room Super Deluxe Room Master Room
01/05/2017 - 30/06/2017 £20 £34 £44
01/07/2017 - 31/07/2017 £26 £42 £54
01/08/2017 - 31/08/2017 £26 £46 £58
01/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 £20 £34 £44

All prices shown above are valid from 02/11/2016.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

Craigdarroch Inn

Craigdarroch Inn, Foyers (4 Star)

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Situated in the village of Foyers on Loch Ness' southern side, surrounded by heather covered hills, sparkling lochs and breath-taking views, with the famous 'Falls of Foyers' waterfall just minutes' walk away. This country inn has a peaceful ambience, with the comfortable feel of a Highland lodge. The public rooms offer spectacular views over Loch Ness; a perfect place to sit, relax and do a spot of Nessie hunting. It’s also possible to sample one of the many whiskies available.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.


Balachladaich, Dores (4 Acorn)

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Situated on the tranquil south side of Loch Ness, just outside the peaceful village of Dores, Balachladaich is a brand new, purpose built Bed and Breakfast, and the only B&B to be located directly on the shores of south Loch Ness. With direct access from the house straight to the beach, they will even supply wellies so you can have a paddle! The luxurious guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms and loch facing balconies / decking areas, offering a tranquil space for relaxing after a good day’s cycling.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Extra nights are not available at this hotel.

Travel options

Transfers included from Inverness to Invergarry at start. Times vary according to arrival.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

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Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed by Headwater appointed agent.


Please call for departure dates, for 6 days (5 nights).


Full Scottish Breakfasts.

Other details

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Starting your tour

Transfers included from Inverness to Invergarry at start. Times vary according to arrival.

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