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Balnain

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Find peace off the beaten track near Loch Ness

If you'd like to get away from the crowds hoping for a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster, Balnain is for you. The trail here offers a good long spell of peace and quiet amidst the trees.

The Affric Kintail Way, a new long distance route linking Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich on the west coast, passes through the site.

A few years ago there was a ‘North Shore’ mountain bike park here. This is now closed and the trail structures have been removed. You are still welcome to ride along the forest tracks.

Guide Map to the Great Glen (PDF 7MB)

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Walking trails (1)

Walking

Loch Meiklie View Trail

A long circuit through the varied conifers of Glen Urquhart Forest with a magnificent viewpoint overlooking Loch Meiklie. A fine long walk or great off-road cycle ride. 

Wide, firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Long fairly steep slope for half a mile. Includes one gate.

Strenuous trail grade icon
5 ¼ miles / 8.6 km

Allow
2½ hours

Facilities and access

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Life's essentials

You'll find toilets and places to eat in Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, or Cannich, near Glen Affric.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Balnain is on the A831 between Loch Ness and Cannich.

Using SatNav?

IV63 6TJ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses run along the A831 between Drumnadrochit and Balnain. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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Nearby forests

Man looks down from hill top at Craigie Forest, over valley towards Loch Ness

Spectacular views over Urquhart Bay from the crag named after a Viking Prince

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Balnain': 2.00 miles
Moss on tree trunk

A gentle, atmospheric stroll through oakwoods to a magnificent waterfall

Facilities and activities
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Walking
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Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Balnain': 2.12 miles
View over Loch Ness and hills beyond from Change House, with broadleaf trees with red berries in the foreground

Peaceful picnic spot on Loch Ness' south shore with views over Urquhart Castle

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Balnain': 3.93 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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