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Craigmonie

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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.

About

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

The trails at Craigmonie lead you amongst a whole variety of trees, from colourful birchwoods to conifers of all ages. Some of the conifers are splendid specimens, planted 200 years ago by a former estate owner. Look out for two towering Wellingtonias (redwoods) at the entrance to the woodland – how many of you will it take to give each one a hug?

We manage this well-loved community wood with invaluable help from our partners, Craigmonie Woodland Association. The Association has helped develop a great network of trails that link Craigmonie with Balmacaan Wood next door, which is owned by Woodland Trust Scotland.Take a look at our guide map to explore Craigmonie and other forests in this stunning area.

Guide Map to the Great Glen (PDF 7MB)

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Craigmonie Trail

Climb up through the atmospheric pines to this historic lookout over Loch Ness. The crag was named after a Viking prince who was mortally wounded in a siege here.

Long steep slopes for up to 600m. Uneven earth and grass paths, with rough, narrow and muddy sections. Includes some steps and exposed tree roots.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

This picturesque circular trail begins dramatically between two giant redwood trees, then climbs steadily to the top of Craigmonie crag, which has a rather sinister history. It is named after a Viking prince who, according to legend, was mortally wounded here 1,000 years ago. More recently, a gibbet stood on this prominent point as a warning to local wrongdoers.

The trail passes through Craigmonie and neighbouring Balmacaan, both woodlands with ancient origins that were planted with soaring specimen trees 200 years ago by the estate owner. The peaceful woods are an excellent place for birdwatching – look and listen for a host of woodland birds, including black caps, redstarts and woodpeckers.

There is no car parking at the start of the woodland trails here. Instead, park in the centre of Drumnadrochit and follow waymarkers from the village to ‘Craigmonie Woodland Trails’. It’s just a short walk (¼ mile / 500 metres) up to the start.

Walking

Milton Trail

An enjoyable walk through newly planted areas and magnificent Douglas fir…with views of Glenurquhart where you can discover the story of the village of Milton.

Climb up through the atmospheric pines to this historic lookout over Loch Ness. The crag was named after a Viking prince who was mortally wounded in a siege here.

Uneven earthy surface with exposed tree roots. Several narrow and muddy sections. Long steep slopes for up to 400m.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.6 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

Milton takes its name from the 19th century woollen mills here, which produced the distinctive Glen Urquhart black-and-white checked tweed. In spring there’s a riot of wild flowers here, particularly around the birch trees.

There is no car parking at the start of the woodland trails here. Instead, park in the centre of Drumnadrochit and follow waymarkers from the village to ‘Craigmonie Woodland Trails’. It’s just a short walk (¼ mile / 500 metres) up to the start.

Activities

Watch wildlife

The bluebells and dog’s mercury that bloom here in spring tell us that these woods are ancient, and there’s plenty of wildlife too. Spot roe deer and red squirrels amongst the trees, and great spotted woodpeckers and crossbills in the canopy of branches. You may find clues that secretive badgers and pine martens also live here.

More trails from Craigmonie

You can explore more of the woods here along a network of trails that link Craigmonie with Balmacaan Wood beside it. The wood is owned by Woodland Trust Scotland.

The Great Glen Way

Drumnadrochit, just next door to the forest, is in the heart of the Great Glen. A great way to explore the glen is on the long distance trail, which stretches 79 miles (127 km) between Fort William and Inverness. It’s a rewarding walk or cycle, mainly following towpaths and woodland tracks. You can also travel the glen by boat, canoe or kayak.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

You’ll find parking, toilets and places to eat, drink and shop in the village of Drumnadrochit. 

Parking for Craigmonie

There is no car parking at the start of the woodland trails here. We recommend that you park in the centre of Drumnadrochit – from here it’s just a short walk of ¼ mile (500 metres) up to the start of the trails. Look out for waymarkers to ‘Craigmonie Woodland Trails’.

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.

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Getting here

Craigmonie lies just to the west of the village of Drumnadrochit, off the A82 on the western shore of Loch Ness.

There is no car parking at the start of the woodland trails here. We recommend that you park at the Visitor Information Centre car park in the centre of Drumnadrochit – from here it’s just a short walk of ¼ mile (500 metres) up to the start of the trails. Look out for waymarkers to ‘Craigmonie Woodland Trails’.

Using SatNav?

IV63 6TX is the nearest postcode for the Visitor Information Centre car park.

Public transport

The bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus stops at Drumnadrochit. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

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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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Craigmonie': 1.10 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 'Craigmonie': 1.93 miles
Three young boy cyclists sit on wooden bench high up in Balnain, with views overlooking Loch Ness and hills beyond

Find peace off the beaten track near Loch Ness

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Craigmonie': 2.00 miles

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