Walk: Fantastic Falls of Foyers

Highland | Loch Ness | Short walk | ★★★★

[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 - even bigger than it looks here]

📌 Walk: Fantastic Falls of Foyers ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on B852 next to Foyers Village Stores, G.R.: NH 498205 ///highly.uproot.melts

▶ 3 km / 2 mi | ▲ 120 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Lower Fall of Foyers
Terrain: Clear but steep paths, narrow in places.

Route & map

Car park - viewpoints for Lower Fall of Foyers - Lower Foyers - return by outward route or similar


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Annoying midges around at the bottom of the route, nearer the loch. This is a good place to spot red squirrels.
Weather: Mostly sunshine overhead but cloud over the hills. Quite warm and sticky with little wind.

Also on this walk

📌 Lower Fall of Foyers ★★★★
Off B852 near Foyers Village Stores, G.R.: NH 498204 ///called.tram.royally
Always open | Free

💬 If not doing the full route, the best viewpoints for the falls are a 5-min (each way) steep downhill walk from the car park, using the start of the route described above.

[Bridges over the river near Lower Foyers]

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