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Change House

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Change House 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.

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

A great place to pause and soak up the panorama of Loch Ness and the Great Glen, enjoy a scenic picnic or stroll down to the stony loch shore. Feel the sweep of history as you take in the magnificent scenery – on the opposite shore there are the 500 year old ruins of a royal castle, and you’re close to the remains of a travellers’ rest visited by famous writers Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell in 1773.Take a look at our guide map to explore Change House and other forests in this stunning area.

Guide Map to the Great Glen (PDF 7MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Change House Trail

Wander through hazel woods along the shore of Loch Ness to the ruins of the Change House.

Mostly firm but sometimes uneven gravel path with a short steep slope.

Moderate
½ miles / 0.8 km

Allow
½ hours

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On the trail you pass the atmospheric ruins of Change House, a staging post where travellers could rest and change their horses. Celebrated writers Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell stopped here during their ‘Highland Jaunt’ in 1773, recording that it was a simple place, its dark smoky interior heated with a peat fire. The owner, they wrote, was ‘an old woman, boiling goat’s flesh in a kettle’.

Activities

South Loch Ness Trail

The South Loch Ness Trail passes close to Change House. This 28 mile (45km) route links Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus with Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. Most of the trail is easily accessible for walking, cycling and horse-riding. Much of the route follows the line of the historic General Wade’s Military Road along the loch shore.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets, parking and places to eat and drink in nearby Inverfarigaig and Foyers.

Getting here

Change House is on the south side of Loch Ness beside the B852.

From Inverness, take the B862 to Dores and then the B852 towards Inverfarigaig. The parking area is beside the road on your right after about 5 miles (8km).

From Fort Augustus, take the B862 to Whitebridge and then the B852 via Foyers to Inverfarigaig. The parking area is beside the road on your left after about 3 miles (5km).

The car park is at grid reference NH 550 284.

Using SatNav?

IV2 6XP is the nearest postcode, but it’s about 3 miles (5km) north of the car park on the B852.

Public transport

There is an infrequent bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus that travels along the south shore of Loch Ness. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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