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Torr Dhuin

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Torr Dhuin 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 peaceful woodland with views over the river Oich and the Great Glen

A tranquil and secluded area named after Torr Dhuin, one of several Iron Age forts or duns along the Great Glen. In prehistoric times it probably defended this important route through the mountains. Today the river banks are only disturbed by ducks, water birds and the occasional paddler splashing by. You'll enjoy quiet trails through the woods and commanding views from the fort.

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 River Oich car park.


Torr Dhuin Trail

A trail notice is in effect

Climb steeply to an anicent hill fort perched on a precipice with surprising views over the Great Glen and Caledonian Canal.  Follow the trail anti-clockwuse for a less steep climb.


Long steep slopes on a good surface. Includes a bridge.

Long steep slopes on a good surface. Includes a bridge.

1 ½ miles / 2.4 km

1 hour

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Torr Dhuin is one of several Great Glen forts built by Iron Age people in less peaceful times; its vitrified (or burnt) walls are up to three metres thick.

Facilities & access


The village of Fort Augustus has public toilets and many places to eat.

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 another 2½ miles (4 km) until you see Forestry Commission signs directing you onto a forest road and into the car park at grid reference NH 350 073.

Using SatNav?

PH32 4BT is the nearest postcode, just before the Auchterawe Country House hotel.

Public transport

The Inverness to Fort William bus service stops in Fort Augustus, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the start of the trails. See Traveline Scotland for details of bus services.

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