Walking the Loch Ness 360° Trail

If you work through the sections below, one at a time, you’ll enjoy a spectacular 360° loop around the waters of Loch Ness. This circular trail takes in the city of Inverness, Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus, Foyers and Dores. This route is 72 miles long, and we recommend walking it over six days – one section per day.

Or, if you’re looking for a shorter walk, take any of the six sections and follow that part of the trail. Each part of the walk has its own unique things to see and enjoy. So, take a look through and choose your favourite one.

The Six Sections Of The Trail


Guided, Group and Walking, Running or Cycling Holidays

You can take in the Loch Ness 360° Trail at your own leisure by following our detailed instructions above. Or, if you’d like some expert guidance to see you along the route, you can hire a tour guide. There are several tour companies that can take you around the loch, telling stories and sharing their knowledge of this magnificent area. We also have bike hire, guides, walking holiday companies and many more activities on and around the trail.


Cycling the Loch Ness 360° Trail

We would recommend cycling the Loch Ness 360° Trail following the same six sections (two per day), while taking note of a few alternative routes.

Exploring the Trail

Follow Section 1 from Inverness to Drumnadrochit as normal.

In Section 2, between Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, there is an alternative low-level route available. Simply follow the signage for Great Glen Way low route.

When following Section 3, between Invermoriston and Fort Augustus, there is alternative low-level route. Just use the signage for Great Glen Way low route.

Exploring the Trail

In Section 4, from Fort Augustus to Foyers, the part of trail between Inverfarigaig and Foyers is not suitable for cyclists. The alternate route is via Glen Lia (Gleann Liath).

When cycling Section 5, from Foyers to Dores, there is a low level alternative between Torbreck Woods and Dores, as opposed to the route over Drumashie Moor , which can be taken by following the cycle route at the side of the B862 to Scaniport (Sustrans Route 78).

Follow Section 6 from Dores back to Inverness as normal.

If you notice any waymarkers that have been vandalised or damaged, please contact us to let us know. Thank you!

Elevation profiles

These elevation profiles show a cross-sectional view of the terrain along the Great Glen Way (sections 1 to 3 of the LN360°) and the South Loch Ness Trail (sections 4 to 6).

Elevation profile for the Great Glen Way
Elevation profile for the South Loch Ness Trail