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Allt na Crìche

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Allt na Crìche Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

A tree-lined climb to a view over Loch Ness

If you're travelling north from Fort Augustus this is your first chance to get out into the forests overlooking Loch Ness. The trail follows the Allt na Crìche burn, with its charming waterfall, through mixed birch and pine woods and rises steeply to a magnificent viewpoint with a bench.

Take a rest and admire the vast watery expanse of Loch Ness and the solid stone towers of Fort Augustus Abbey.Take a look at our guide map to explore Allt na Criche and other forests in this stunning area.

Guide Map to the Great Glen (PDF 7MB)

Walking trails


Allt na Crìche Trail

An invigorating climb up the cascades of the Allt na Crìche burn is rewarded with some marvellous views over Loch Ness.

Firm gravel surface with long steep slopes. Includes several sections of stone steps.

1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

1 hour

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Enjoy extraordinary views over Loch Ness.

Facilities & access


The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Fort Augustus, about one mile (1.6 km) away.

Getting here

From the centre of Fort Augustus head north towards Inverness on the A82. You'll see the car park signposted on your left, about one mile (1.6 km) from the village. The car park is at grid reference NH 390 108.

Using SatNav?

PH32 4BL is the nearest postcode, a little before you reach the car park heading north on the A82.

Public transport

The Inverness to Fort William bus service stops in Fort Augustus, about one mile (1.6 km) from the start of the trails. See Traveline Scotland for details of bus services.

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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