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What to do - Suggestions

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we are up for World Cup Weekend in June, normally we stay somewhere else for a few days then head to Fort Bill on the Wed. For a few reason's we are headnig to Fort Bill on the Saturday and staying there for the full week this year and im asshamed to admit that side from the Mallaig train, the Ben and mountain biking I don't know what else there is in the area!!

We do hope to climb the Ben, we visited Mallaig last year so are looking for other suggestions of things in the area, in reasonable driving distance.

Any suggestions of things to do? We have dogs, no kids, just me and hubby - he doesn't do castles (i love them!).....

Thanx in advance

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1. Re: What to do - Suggestions

Goanjock posted this about the Loch Ness area in March 2011 - it covers most everything nearby with a little bit of driving and is invaluable as an answer, so I saved it. thanks Jock!

1) See the optical illusion on the Falls of Foyers. – Look at the waterfall, look at the rocks is the water falling or are the rocks climbing!

2) Feel the breeze and admire the views from Suidhe Viewpoint the highest point on road down the south side of the loch. There is an interpretation board and a breathtaking walk to take you even higher

3) Take a walk along the Caledonian Canal to Kytra locks – level and gentle

4) Enjoy freshly baked cakes and Bread at the Baking Birds - Drumnadrochit

5) Take a cruise out on Loch Ness with Jacobite Cruises – everyone must do this at some point during a visit to Loch Ness, it’s the best way to get up close and personal!

6) Look ‘over the edge’ at Plodda Falls – spectacular Victorian bridge worth a visit if you are in Strathglass area.

7) Find out all there is to know about shinty at the Shinty Shop, Drumnadrochit – like hockey but for men! Highlanders favourite sport + Games locally every Saturday in season

8) Enjoy all day good food at the Dores Inn – and walk it off as well some nice walks along Dores beach and the woods along the Caledonian Canal.

9) Visit Loch Ruthven and see the rare Slavonian Grebe – the RSPB have a hide to watch Grebes Osprey and lots of other birds on this reserve.

10) Enjoy the unique splendour of Abriachan Garden and Nursery the only plant nursery on Loch Ness _ see St Columbas Well.

11) Walk the Great Glen Way, all the way from Fort William to Inverness

12) Go fishing on the River Farrar with Culligan Fishing

13) Find the ‘Preacher’s Footprints’ in Glenmoriston.

In 1827 a travelling preacher, Finlay Munro, was heckled by two young men, who called him a cheat and a liar. He replied that the ground on which he stood would bear witness to the truth of his words until the final Day of Judgement. Two parallel marks in the ground are said to be his footprints wherein no grass grows.

14) Sunbathe on Dores beach the only real beach on Loch Ness and a good place to launch boat or have a swim.

15) Take a walk through Inverfarigaig Woods – print a walk from Loch Ness map

16) Look for red deer in winter at Loch Tarff or any time of year on the loch Killin road. You can find Killin on the dynamic map of South Loch Ness where it shows a bike trail and a scenic walk

17) Explore the long distance ‘Trail of the Seven Lochs’ on horseback, on foot there are some nice stretches you can walk. coming soon, a dedicated map for riders and walkers.

18) Go for a paddle in Loch Ness anywhere but especially good access to the shore from the south side along the B852

19) Camp out at ‘Rockness’ – Annual festival held in June on the shore of Loch Ness quickly becoming one of the top gigs in Scotland’s

20) Relax with a game of golf at Fairways Inverness

31) Hire a Cruiser on Loch Ness with Caley Crusiers

32) See the illusive pine marten

33) Visit the most famous castle ruins in the Highlands at Urquhart Castle

34) Find the ‘Black Rock’ a secret hard to find even for locals

35) Take a walk up the Corkscrew and enjoy the views of Loch Ness

36) Run the Loch Ness Marathon in October.

37) Buy some truly original Loch Ness rock (not the kind you eat!) at Dores, ask for Steve?

38) Have a picnic on Inverfarigaig pier

39) Visit the beautiful, historic and just ever so slightly spooky Boleskine Graveyard

40) And while you’re at it.. why not visit Dunlichity Graveyard with it’s enclosure to the memory of the Clan MacGillivray

41 Sit and watch the boats go through the locks at Fort Augustus

42 Cycle the mountain bike trails of Abriachan Woods

43 Have a game of tennis at Fort Augustus

44 Challenge yourself at Balnain Bike Park

45 Climb Mealfurvonie, the highest point around Loch Ness

46 Drive over the Garbole road and look out for Golden Eagles

47 Pack your overnight gear and walk the Corrieyairick Pass

48 Throw stones in to Loch Ness but you won’t hear them reach the bottom!

49 Take a short walk through the enchanting woods to Divach Falls

50 Walk on water with Boots ‘n’ Paddles Outdoor pursuits

51 Play 9 holes of golf on Aigas Golf Course near Beauly

52 Spend a morning shopping in the bustling village of Beauly

53 Enjoy the pleasures of real ale at the Benleva Hotel

54 Find the wall of the old fort at Fort Augustus

55 Climb Craigmonie Hill (150 metres!)

56 Visit ‘Bonnie’ the deer near Croachy

57 Take a drive from Inverfarigaig to Farr

58 Go horse riding along the shores of Loch Ness

59 Go cycling on the quiet south side of Loch Ness

60 Visit the Clog and Craft ship at Invermoriston

61 Stay up late and watch for badgers

62 Enjoy a dram at Fiddlers, award winning malt whisky bar

63 Walk the round trip from Inverfarigaig to Foyers

64 Go and watch the dolphins at Chanonry Point

65 Sit down by the shore and enjoy a sunset over Loch Ness

66 After a long walk enjoy a drink in the relaxed ambience of the Bog Cotton Café, Cannich

67 Stare up at the tallest tree in the UK in Reelig Glen

68 Hit the bulls eye with some archery, Boots ‘n’ Paddles

69 Count the different coloured dragonflies and damsel flies at Dog Falls

70 Find the memorial to Lady Jane Fraser on the shores of Loch Ness near Foyers

71. Photograph Cherry Island, the only island in Loch Ness

72. Find out about wildlife and plants on a Highland Council guided Ranger walk

73. Visit the ancient remains of Corrimony Cairn

74. Enjoy a pint at the Whitebridge Hotel

75. View Loch Ness from the Wellington lay by

76. Wild walk in the Monadhliath Mountains

77. Visit Kilmorack Art Gallery

78. Get your picture taken with Nessie at Fort Augustus

79. Walk down by the River Moriston to St Columba’s Well

80. Visit the Clansman Centre, Fort Augustus

81. Find the ‘totem’ poles at Abriachan Woods

82. Visit the historic Beauly Priory

83. Take a walk in the ancient oak woodlands at Bona

84. Find the ‘secret loch’ at Inverfarigaig

85. Buy your favourite whisky at the Whisky Shop, Drumnadrochit

86. Cruise on Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

87. Walk to the Upper Falls at Foyers

88. Step back in time at the Kettle Hole Lochans, Littlemill Wood, Inverarnie

89. Photograph the water lilies on Loch Bran

90. Drive up Glen Affric ‘ the most beautiful glen in Scotland’ as far as the road goes

91 Run over the Fair Haired Lads Pass on south Loch Ness

92 See the work of local artists at Beauly Gallery & Kirk Coffee Shop

93 Go clay pigeon shooting with Loch Ness Gun Club

94 Have a picnic on the banks of the River Fechlin at Dalcrag

95 View Urquhart Castle from across the water at the Change House lay by

96 Visit the Iceberg glassblowing studio at Fort Augustus

97 Take the kids ‘weaseling’

98 Check out the Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit for music and much much more

99 Simply chill out and relax… you are on holiday at Loch Ness!!

100-Climb the path to Battery Rock and enjoy the view overlooking Ft.

Augustus and Lochness

101- Walk the forest path from Ft. Augustus to Invermoriston, starting at Jenkins Park.

102- Bike the forest trail from The Inch in Ft. Augustus to Invermoriston

103- Enjoy the “Malt whiskey of the month” at the Inchnacardoch Hotel bar

104 - Enjoy a pint of locally Brewed Real Ale from the Loch Ness Brewery at the award winning Benleva Hotel - Drumnadrochit

Not all of them will be relevant to your interests but its a pretty good start and well worth reading!

Woody x

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2. Re: What to do - Suggestions

Phew, that's am amazing list! Some of those are a fair way from Fort Bill of course, and it's not clear whether you will have a car.

I can't match that, but I can suggest one good trip: drive or take the 08.30 train to Arisaig or Mallaig and have a day trip to one of the Small Isles. Eigg is the easiest to reach, but it all depends on the day of the week. See www.arisaig.co.uk, and www.calmac.co uk.

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3. Re: What to do - Suggestions

Well worth exploring is Glen Nevis along with the walk to Steall Falls.....Glencoe is also absolutely stunning and an absolute "must explore" whilst in the area ;-)

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4. Re: What to do - Suggestions

Just an add on to DH's post.....another great way to explore the smaller Isles is with Arisaig Marine http://www.arisaig.co.uk/index.asp

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5. Re: What to do - Suggestions

hi All

thanx for the help, woody, that is some list!!

We will have a car, we are taking our touring caravan, last year we stayed at Arisaig before we went to Fort Bill, loved the area and we visited Mallaig when there hence why not fussed about going to Mallaig again. we also did Skye the two years before.

Did the steall falls last year too, the dogs loved it and ended up manky!! lol they were belly deep in mud :) may take another trip up the glen this year again.

Thanx folks!


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6. Re: What to do - Suggestions

I must reiterate that was Goanjock's list but I think its amazing too!

Hope the June weather is good for you

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7. Re: What to do - Suggestions

We have been quite lucky the last few years do fingers crossed! Thanx :)

Heading over your way after, staying at rothiemurchus, looking forward to it!! Thankfully know that area like the back of my hand lol :)

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