New Loch Ness trail opens on the south side of the waters

A new, 28-mile trail has opened on the south side of Loch Ness, where you can walk, cycle and horse ride from Loch Tarff to Torbeck

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A new trail has opened on the less-travelled, south side of Loch Ness. The 28-mile trail was launched last week as part of a long-term tourism plan run by the Loch Ness Destination Management Organisation (DMO).

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The South Loch Ness Trail runs from Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus in the west, to Torbeck, on the outskirts of Inverness in the east and allows visitors to explore the south side bank of the loch on foot, bicycle or horseback. The track also connects to existing tracks.

The trail includes sights of bordering moorlands and pine-forests, the Foyers falls, as described by Robert Burns, an iron age fort and an 18th century, single span general wade.

Newly installed way makers and interpretation panels mark the route along the trail, which climbs to heights of 1200ft at times and runs alongside the waters of the Loch at others.

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Future plans are being made to link the trail to the Great Glen Way and from spring 2012 visitors will be able to take the Great Glen Canoe Trail from Fort William to Inverness.