Walk: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh - or "the one above Loch Ness"

Highland | Loch Ness | Half day walk | ★★★

[View along Loch Ness from Meall Fuar-mhonaidh]

Meall Fuar-mhonaidh (Cold round hill) is the domed summit rising above the west bank of Loch Ness, particularly distinctive in views from Dores. The name of the hill is a bit of a tongue-twister, but the appeal of the ascent is simple: almost the full length of Loch Ness is visible from the 699-metre top, with the panorama even extending as far as Ben Nevis on a clear day. Some parts of the path along the broad ridge are a little boggy and eroded, but we're not complaining; having a path at all is a bit of a luxury in these parts!

[Wooded first section]

📌 Walk: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh - or "the one above Loch Ness" ★★★
Start / finish at car park (gets busy), minor road end at Grotaig, 4 mi south of Drumnadrochit, G.R.: NH 491238 ///coffee.funny.buzzards

▶ 9 km / 6 mi | ▲ 540 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Summits: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh (699 m, Graham)
Terrain: Hill path throughout with quite a few eroded sections, sometimes boggy.

Route & map

Car park - join ridge at G.R.: NH 477238 - Meall Fuar-mhonaidh - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Stonechats, a shrew, hairy caterpillrs, small fish in Grotaig Burn.
Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds and temperature in high teens at the car park. Buffeting wind higher up.

Chronological photo guide

[View of the summit from near the start]

[Wooded first section]

[Wooded first section]

[Good views of Loch Ness as the path leaves the trees]

[Joining the ridge]

[Meall Fuar-mhonaidh]

[Hairy monster]

[The hill path follows the top of a small ridge]

[Loch Ness]

[Loch Ness]

[Approaching the first, eastern summit]

[Loch Ness & Foyers]

[Foot of Loch Ness from the east top]

[Head of Loch Ness from the slightly higher west top]

[Looking northwest]

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