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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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