Preparing for your Visit

The Loch Ness 360° Trail is a challenging route, so it’s important to prepare correctly before you begin. Here, we’ve put together some helpful travel and preparation tips to help you get ready.

Loch Ness 360° Trail Tips and Advice

Inverness, the starting point for this trail, is easily accessed by plane, train or car. Travel to Inverness.

Don’t underestimate how long it will take to walk each of the six sections. You can follow our 6-day guide. Some sections involve substantial amount of ascent and descent.

Ensure you have a good level of fitness before taking on this route, as it is challenging in parts.

Dress appropriately for Scotland’s changeable weather and varied terrain. Waterproofs and layers are a must! Not forgetting good, sturdy footwear.

Bring a backpack with everything you need for the day. Including snacks, water, a phone, map and compass.

Familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This gives practical advice about exploring Scotland’s outdoors safely and responsibly.

Find out more about accommodation, things to do and places to eat along the trail on the Visit Inverness Loch Ness website.

Read our LN360° FAQs for further information.


Walk with a Guide

Join a walking group or walk with a guide along the Loch Ness 360° Trail. 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. Alternatively, join in with a walking group for some company along the way.

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