Take a break at Torr Dhuin
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.
The village of Fort Augustus has public toilets and many places to eat.
River Oich Trail
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 Allow 2 hours
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 (diverted)
There will be improvement works to this trail until the end of March with diversions in place. The steep section will be closed while machines are working.
Climb steeply to an ancient hill fort perched on a precipice with surprising views over the Great Glen and Caledonian Canal. Follow the trail anti-clockwise for a less steep climb.
Uneven gravel and grassy surface. Long steep slopes with some rocky steps. Includes narrow sections of boardwalk and some potentially muddy areas.
1 ½ miles / 2.4 km Allow 1 hour
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.
Mountain biking trails
How to get 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.
PH32 4BT is the nearest postcode, just before the Auchterawe Country House hotel.
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.
There are many superb trails and viewpoints near Loch Ness and along the Great Glen, including three long distance walking, cycling and boating routes between Inverness and Fort William. See Forests of the Great Glen leaflet for nearby forest trails.
Find out more about fishing and boating along the Caledonian Canal.
Old Military Road
Step back in time on the Old Military Road which lies 2.5 miles to the north east. Walk in the footsteps of Highland cattle drovers and soldiers on this historical route that stretches 12km/7 miles from Glenmoriston to Fort Augustus. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot along the way too, from black grouse and crested tit, to pine marten and foxes.
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