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Loch Gu Loch 

Swimrun Scotland will return to the South Loch Ness area on 1st October. Around 50 teams of 2 people will undertake a course comprising multiple swimming sections (in Lochs Ness, Duntelchaig, Mhor, Ceo Glais, and Tarff) and running sections – these total around 7.5km of swimming and 50km of running.

Affected routes include the South Loch Ness Trails and the minor roads in the South Loch Ness area.

There are no road closures, and no significant disruption will occur. The courses will be marked with arrows, flags and tape from 29th Sept, and all markings will be removed by the end of 2nd October.

South Loch Ness Map

The new map of trails and paths that we have been working on since January, is hot off the press and now available at many outlets in the area. All residents of Dores and Essich, Strathnairn and Stratherrick will have a copy delivered to them at home by their community councils. The Access Group has made copies freely available to all the councils for this purpose.

We are delighted with the map, which is in folded A2 format and on one side shows an overview of the whole area and on the reverse has blown up inserts of popular local areas which offer great tracks for all classes of user.

You can access the map online using the following link:-


If you would like a paper copy and are not able to get hold of one then please email me - candy@lochnessriding.co.uk

Also - do please let us know if you think there are any errors or ommissions in the map. Tell us too if you think we have done a good job!

The map is free but we are always happy to receive donations which will go towards further reprints.


Community Walk

(Organised by South Loch Ness Access Group)

Join us for a community walk exploring the paths around Dores with a half-way stop at the school for free refreshments.

The walk is for all abilities, all you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes (could be wet underfoot) and a waterproof jacket!

Date: 27th August 2016 at 2pm

Meeting Place: Dores Inn bus stop

Please contact us to let us know you are coming so we have plenty of rolls/cake!


What a lovely walk we had on Saturday - great weather and lovely to meet new people in our area and enjoy the trails together. Thanks to SRUC for sponsoring. Also thanks to Louise Robertson for opening up Aldourie School for us - the cake was delish!!


Forestry harvesting activity in Leiterchullin Forest (near Croachy, South Loch Ness). 

The harvesting site is by the southern shore of Loch Duntelchaig approximately 1 mile west from the fish ladder. The operation has commenced & will be active until end of September, associated timber haulage expected for several months.

This route is part of the Trail of the 7 Lochs.

Harvesting & the majority of timber haulage at Leiterchullin Forest is complete. 


Illegal Activities

We have received the following anonymous email from a concerned person and would like to ask our friends to report any such illegal activity taking place in the vicinity of the Fair Haired Lad's Pass. The message will also be passed on to the Forestry Commission:-

"I would like to highlight the fact that the fair haired lads pass is getting destroyed by motorbikes it started with a red ford connect van which was reported to crimestoppers  and now there are others with a Toyota pickup and I am sure once word gets out we will be swamped with motorbikes",.

Please help stop this type of nuisance.


Glenfarigaig Wood

The gate into the Glenfarigaig Wood from Dirichurachan meadow has been replaced with an "all singing/dancing" Centre Wire bridleway gate in a joint venture between Tilhill Economic and the Highland Council. We were the liaison for this project. There are new forest roads planned for this area too which will open up the woods for access once the harvesting has been completed.




New Harvey's Map out for the South Loch Ness Trail and the Trail of the 7 Lochs.

Superbly drawn new map on waterproof polyethylene for walkers, riders and cyclists. If you would like a copy then we can arrange to send you one for £8.50 which includes postage and a donation of £1 to the work of the South Loch Ness Access Group to improve and maintain the trails in the area.

Please pay by Paypal to candy@southlochnessaccess.org.uk

If you wish to add a further donation to the payment then you can be assured that it will be put to good use.

The group has been going for ten years now . We are constituted to encourage and develop responsible off-road access for walkers and riders in the South Loch Ness Area, to promote the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and to liase with other access groups inthe surrounding areas.

The group is affiliated to the British Horse Soctiey Bridleways Group 

A view from the path on the Fair Haired Lad's Pass which the SLNAG has helped to secure the funding for.