GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Duntelchaig

2 miles (4 km)

This walk visits Loch Duntelchaig in Inverness-shirein theScottish Highlands. The scenic freshwater lake is also the primary reservoir for Inverness.
At the south western end of the loch you can follow a country lane to the ancient hut circles which sit on the western side above the water. It's a lovely peaceful place with fine views over the water to the surrounding hills.
The loch is just to the east of Loch Ness so it's easy to continue your waterside walking in the area. You can visit Dores Beach on the eastern side or pick up the epic Great Glen Way on the western side of the world famous loch. The lovely RSPB nature reserve at Loch Ruthven is also just a mile to the south. It's an excellent place for wildlife with Slavonian grebes, osprey and black-throated divers to see.

Postcode

IV2 6TX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loch Duntelchaig OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Duntelchaig Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the western side of Loch Ness you'll find the community run AbriachanForest. The expansive forest area includes a school which encourages learning in the outdoors and health and well being through exercise. The site includes around 40km of trails for walkers while mountain bikers can enjoy a fairly easy 3km green loop and a longer 5km blue trail. You can also visit the smaller Loch Laide in this area too.
To the north of the loch there's one of the historic highlights of the area at Culloden Battlefield. There's a circular walking trail here which explores the site of the famous battle of 1746. The site includes an informative visitor centre where you can learn all about this fascinating conflict. On the south eastern side of the battlefield there's also the Clava Cairns and the Culloden Viaduct. The ancient Bronze Age site includes prehistoric burial monuments and the remains of a medieval chapel. It's also a short walk from the eye catching Culloden Viaduct which carries the Highland Main Line over theRiver Nairn.
The Inverness Canal and Forest Walk will take you along the canal before heading to Craig Phadrig Forest, which lies just to the west of the city. The forest is a peaceful place for walks and includes a viewpoint with an Iron Age Hillfort.
The Affric Kintail Way can be picked up at Drumnadrochit village, which lies on the western side of Loch Ness. This long distance trail runs from the lochto Morvich via Glen Urquhart and Glen Affric. If you were to follow the trail west it would take you to Loch Meiklie and the village of Cannich. Also near Drumnadrochit you can visit the historic Urquhart Castle. The photogenic 13th century castle ruins are positioned in a dramatic spot overlooking the western side of Loch Ness.
Just to the north there's Loch Ashie. The loch is notable as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its status as the foremost location in Britain for the congregation of Slavonian grebes both before and after their breeding season.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.

Photos

An Dornaidh and Loch Duntechaig - geograph.org.uk - 386907

An Dornaidh and Loch Duntechaig. The wooded promontory of An Dornaidh and the loch with Creag Dhearg beyond.

Loch Duntelchaig from B862 near Achnabat - geograph.org.uk - 1561054

Loch Duntelchaig from B862 near Achnabat

End of Loch Duntelchaig - geograph.org.uk - 1060602

End of the loch

Entrance to Hut Circle near Loch Duntelchaig - geograph.org.uk - 974557

Entrance to Hut Circle near Loch Duntelchaig

Lochan an Eoin Ruadha from Across Loch Duntelchaig - geograph.org.uk - 974022

Lochan an Eoin Ruadha from Across Loch Duntelchaig. The lochan is located on the western side.

Old Township above Loch Duntelchaig - geograph.org.uk - 5315041

Old Township above the loch

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Duntelchaig.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Loch Duntelchaig.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)