Loch Ness 360

A circular route around Loch Ness, the largest freshwater expanse of water in the UK, begins and ends in Inverness.

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Moderate Terrain
Moderate Navigation Skills
80 miles (128.5 km)

Route Stops

The Loch Ness 360 begins and ends in Inverness, vibrant “Capital of the Highlands”

The outbound section is effectively the South Loch Ness Trail on the southern side of Loch Ness, reaching Fort Augustus in two days before turning and tracing the northern side of the loch, also known as the Great Glen Way to end at Inverness Castle.

The first stage of the Loch Ness 360 departs Inverness by way of the Ness Islands on the River Ness to encounter a short section of the western end of the Caledonian Canal on and over Drumashie Moor to find the small village of Dores located on the south side of Inverness.

Depart Dores on road walking alongside Loch Ness before turning inland opposite Urquhart Castle on the north side of the loch and the ascent to find the River Farigaig returning to the loch side at Inverfarigaig and on to Foyers.

Depart Foyers by way of the track alongside the River Foyers to find elevated moorlands with magnificent views all around.  There is a rest stop at the Whitebridge Hotel before continuing south/west and the steep descent at the end of Loch Ness into the secluded township of Fort Augustus the half way and turning point of the 360 Trail.

Perhaps take a morning cruise on Loch Ness before joining the forest trails to Invermoriston. Enjoy the lovely views as you walk through the forest high above Loch Ness.

Mostly forest trail walking today until the last stretch which follows the minor road from Gortaig. A steep descent leads to the busy lochside village of Drumnadrochit.

Quite a steep climb out of the village: continue through open moorland along the edge of Craig Leach Forest and enjoy spectacular views over the Beauly Firth on the descent to Invernesss. Follow the River Ness into the town and the completion of the walk at Inverness Castle.

Congratulations – you have completed the Loch Ness 360! After breakfast, it is time to set off on your onward journey.

Loch Ness 360

80 miles / 128.5 km

An inspiring walk that begins and ends in Inverness and circles Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The route is slightly longer than the more recognisable Great Glen Way, however, it offers a wonderful experience of walking on the much quieter south side of Loch Ness, before turning at Fort Augustus on the return stage.

The trail leaves the Capital of the Highlands, passes through Dores and Foyers, to turn at Fort Augustus, where the loch connects to the central section of the Caledonian Canal. Returning on the north shore and following the Great Glen Way, through Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit, to enter Inverness by the picturesque Ness Islands and end at Inverness Castle overlooking the city.

Quality Accommodation

Door to Door Baggage Transfer (min 18kg)

Rucksack Readers Guide Book

Location Details For Each Accommodation

Travel Information from start to finish

Sugguested Equipment List

Route Packages

What’s included?

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in quality B&Bs, guest houses, inns and hotels Rooms with shower/wc (where available)
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer – maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Rucksack Readers Guide Book
  • GPS Mapping App detailing full tour and accommodations
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Suggested equipment list
  • Emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

First established in 1996, EasyWays has built a strong reputation with the UK and International walking community in the delivery of walking tours throughout Scotland.

The template of every successful business is grounded in long term relationships, and EasyWays, along with our accommodation providers and baggage transfer companies work as one to ensure your walk experience is both enjoyable and memorable.

As a Scottish based company we are close at hand to the walking routes and pride ourselves in delivering a bespoke service – tell us what you would like and we will build an itinerary to match.