Exploring Scotland’s Loch Ness

While staying at Tulloch Castle, we were able to explore the area of Loch Ness pretty well. Starting our day driving towards Inverness, we followed the tiny tourist trail south (taking our first single track road) to Inverfarigaig. Here, we got out of the car to hike up through an enchanting forest for a birds eye view of Loch Ness.

Inverfarigaig

Visiting the Loch Ness viewpoint at Inverfarigaig – Scotland 2016

Loch Ness viewpoint

Reaching the top – Scotland 2016

Not too much further down the road, we stopped at Foyers Falls. It is a place the poet Robert Burns had much to say about. An exciting stop for literature and nature fans alike, and gives a look into life when travellers were first discovering wonderful little places such as the falls.

Foyers Falls

The trail down to Foyers Falls – Scotland 2016

Foyers Falls

Foyers Falls – Scotland 2016

The scenic drive really was wonderful; if you checked out my driving tips you know how hard it was for me not to stop every few minutes on the road!

Scotland forests

Stopping along the way – Scotland 2016

Next stop was Fort Augustus, a little town on the southernmost tip of the lake. Derek and I were both pretty disappointed with this place. I felt as if it was a bit too much of a tourist trap, and you really don’t get a unique view of Ness. The most interesting part of the town was probably their operating canal.

Fort Augustus

Stopping at Fort Augustus – Scotland 2016

Loch Ness

The Canal – Scotland 2016

Loch Ness

Checking out the beach – Scotland 2016

Fort Augustus

The canals – Scotland 2016

Derek and I were debating what to do next, whether to stop at Urquhart Castle or at the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition (both right around Drumnadrochit). We chose Uruquhart Castle. It was first along the road and we thought we might have time to visit the Exhibition, but we didn’t (another excuse to return really).

Loch Ness

Loch Ness at Urquhart Castle – Scotland 2016

You can read my review on the castle here. From there we drove straight back to Dingwall.

Urquhart Castle

Visiting Urquhart Castle – Scotland 2016

Where to stay near Loch Ness:

Tulloch Castle

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