Section 2 - Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston
High Route: 22 km or 13.5 miles
Low Route: 23 km or 14 miles
For the second part of the Loch Ness 360° walk, which takes you from Drumnadrochit to Invermoriston, you will follow the Great Glen Way (GGW). Look for the blue signage with a dark blue thistle along the route.
Step by Step Guide
In Drumnadrochit, today’s walk starts along the A82. Follow the road through the village until you reach Lewiston. Shortly after passing the petrol station on the right you cross a bridge over a small stream. Turn right here, following the GGW signage and the small road signposted Bunloit. After a few meters the GGW veers off the road to the right for an off-road detour past Clunebeg House. Eventually you re-join the small and steep road to Bunloit and follow it uphill until the road ends at a small car park. The pottery here offers refreshments during the summer months. Near the car park you will see signage for the hill path to Meall Fuar Mhonaidh, a popular local walk, as well as for the GGW. Follow the path through a gate here.
An even forestry track now leads you through woodland with glimpses of Loch Ness on your left. You pass several small streams and pretty waterfalls here. The view opens up now on the left with great views along Loch Ness and the Great Glen! Before long, you come to a plaque that indicates the split of the route between the low route and the high route. There is a picnic spot and viewpoint here.
The low route is suitable for all users, the high route is mostly suitable for walkers, but you will get rewarded with more great views for your efforts! When choosing the high route, the path immediately climbs steeply uphill past ancient Caledonian pine trees. The high route is a mixture of woodland and high moorland paths and occasionally dips down towards small streams and back up again. Look out for the “troll bridge”! (Halfway along the high route you have the opportunity to turn off the GGW and follow a forestry track down to Alltsigh Hostel, should you wish to stay there overnight).
You now pass through a valley between the hills of Meall na Sroine and the surrounding hills. This part of the route feels wild and remote. At the end of this section you will see the sculpture “The Viewpoint” – a perfect photo opportunity! Shortly after passing the sculpture, the path turns right and you start the slow descent towards Invermoriston.
Follow the route downhill towards Invermoriston until you emerge on to a forestry track and then minor road. Here you will see another plaque pointing out the high and low route. The final stretch is a steep descent on a small local road towards the village of Invermoriston.
In Invermoriston you find a hotel, guest houses, a café, small convenience store and public toilets.