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 series of viewpoints and benches. 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.
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 some earth sections that are narrow, rocky and muddy in places. Long steep slopes. Includes several sections of boardwalk and some steps.
Allow 1 hour
The extraordinary views over Loch Ness include Loch Ness's only island – tiny Cherry Island (or Eilean Muireach; Murdoch's Island). It may seem natural but it's actually the remains of a crannog – an artificial mound built from wood and stone that once had a castle on it.
The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Fort Augustus, about one mile (1.6 km) away.
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.
PH32 4BL is the nearest postcode, a little before you reach the car park heading north on the A82.
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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