Walk: Fantastic Falls of Foyers

[River Foyers gorge]

A short drive along the narrow shore road from Dores brings you to the village of Foyers, scattered across the hillside high above Loch Ness. A short walk takes you to viewpoints for the breathtaking waterfalls on the River Foyers. The scenery seems almost North American in character here, trees towering high above a seemingly bottomless chasm, filled with mist when the river's in spate. As is usually the case with waterfalls, photographs don't capture the true scale of the terrain - you have to actually be there. The area is deserving of exploration all the way down to the houses in Lower Foyers where the river runs into the loch. We found the area beyond here a bit anti-climatic, so it's probably worth turning tail here and burning some calories on the steep ascent back towards the car park.

[Falls of Foyers - it's bigger than you're thinking]

Name: Walk: Fantastic Falls of Foyers ★★☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 120 metres
Points of interest: Falls of Foyers
Start / finish: Car park on the B852 next to Foyers Village Stores, G.R.: NH 498205 / highly uproot melts

Route: Car park - viewpoints for Falls of Foyers - Lower Foyers - return by outward route or similar
Terrain: Clear but steep paths, narrow in places.
Wildlife today: Annoying midges around at the bottom of the route, nearer the loch. This is a good place to spot red squirrels.
Weather today: Mostly sunshine overhead but cloud over the hills. Quite warm and sticky with little wind.

[Bridges over the river near Lower Foyers]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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