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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

River Oich

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River Oich 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 great place for a family picnic and a gentle stroll

Picnic by the enchanting River Oich and explore an easy trail through the pretty woodland nearby. It loops through the trees and returns along the river bank. This is a good place for spotting wildlife or just listening to birdsong and the dreamy sound of flowing water.

Take a look at our map to explore River Oich and other forests in this stunning area.

Guide Map to the Great Glen (PDF 7MB)

Walking trails


River Oich Trail

Follow the beautiful River Oich through towering Norway spruce, larch and Scots pine, and look for squirrels, otters and water birds.

Uneven earth and grass surface with exposed tree roots. Some rough, narrow and muddy sections. Generally flat with some short steep slopes. Riverside path floods in heavy rain.

3 ¾ miles / 6.2 km

2 hours

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There's plenty of wonderful wildlife to spot on this family-friendly trail. Red squirrels forage for food in the woods and water birds like cormorants and goosanders visit the nearby canal. Walk quietly along the smooth grassy banks of the River Oich (just begging for a picnic!) and you may even see an otter. You can also follow the trail from the Torr Dhuin car park.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

You'll find the nearest toilets and places to eat in Fort Augustus.

Getting here

From the centre of Fort Augustus head north towards Inverness. Before leaving the village you'll see a signpost to Jenkins Park and Auchterawe on the left hand side. Turn left up the steep hill and then left again after the play park. At the fork in the road keep left and continue for ½ mile (800 metres) until you see a green Forestry Commission sign for Torr Dhuin and the River Oich trails. Turn left here: the River Oich car park is at the end of the road (grid reference NH 365 089).

Using SatNav?

PH32 4BW is the nearest postcode, just before the fork in the road.

Public transport

The Inverness to Fort William bus service stops in Fort Augustus, about 1½ miles (2.4 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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