Wind through majestic oakwoods to reach beautiful Divach Falls

Divach Falls

Take a wander to Divach Falls

It’s a short, fairly easy stroll through atmospheric oakwoods to a viewing platform overlooking the dramatic cascade. The water tumbles 100 feet (30 metres) to the Divach Burn, before flowing out into Urquhart Bay on Loch Ness. This is a tranquil and picturesque spot for a picnic, and the woods are full of wildlife.

Take a look at our guide map to the Great Glen (PDF 5.8MB) to explore Divach Falls and other forests in this stunning area.

Parking Walking Wildlife hide Viewpoint

Life’s essentials

You’ll find parking, toilets and places to eat, drink and shop in the village of Drumnadrochit.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Walk to the falls

Allow about half an hour to walk down to the falls and back, along an obvious but unmarked earth path. This quiet, largely undisturbed area is a haven for wildlife and, in spring, look out for wildflowers at the feet of the ancient oaks.

The Great Glen Way

Nearby Drumnadrochit is in the heart of the Great Glen. A great way to explore the glen is on the Great Glen Way, which stretches 79 miles (127km) between Fort William and Inverness. It’s a rewarding walk or cycle, mainly following towpaths and woodland tracks. You can also travel the glen by boat, canoe or kayak.

An inspiring attraction

It’s hard to imagine that, before anyone spotted the Loch Ness monster, the walk to Divach Falls was Drumnadrochit’s main tourist attraction. It was busy place in the 19th century, and the falls inspired many artists. John Phillip’s painting of Divach hangs in Buckingham Palace.

It’s usually pretty peaceful here now, but the picturesque falls are just as worth visiting. And unlike Nessie, you’re guaranteed to see them…

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

Divach Falls is about 2 miles (3 km) south of Drumnadrochit, at the end of an unclassified road.

Look for a turning off the A82 on the south side of the village, called Balmacaan Road and signposted to Balmacaan and Divach. Follow this road for about ½ mile (800 metres), then keep right onto a single-track road. After about another mile (1.6km), you’ll see the small car parking area on your right. The car park is at grid reference NH495277.

Using SatNav?

IV63 6XW is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus stops at Drumnadrochit. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Drumnadrochit stands on the western shore of beautiful Loch Ness. The largest loch in Scotland by volume, it holds more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together. Its dark peaty waters are also said to be home to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Keep watch for her as you explore!

Look out for the distinctive landmark of craggy Craigmonie above Drumnadrochit. Meander through attractive mixed woodland to reach this high point, with spectacular views over Urquhart Bay.

Just 4 miles (6.5km) from Drumnadrochit, visit Balnain to enjoy a fairly long but easy ramble around picturesque Loch Meiklie.

Head for remote and beautiful Glen Affric for a taste of wilderness, panoramic views, stunning waterfalls and cathedrals of trees.

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