Falls of Foyer and Loch Ness Walk9 min read

Falls of Foyer from the viewpoint

Scotland’s nature and landscape never ceased to amaze us during our Scotland road trip. One thing that continually piqued our interest was the many stunning waterfalls we came across. The Falls of Foyer was one of the most impressive waterfalls we encountered on our travels.

We found a 2.75-mile circular route on Walk Highlands. It takes in the views of the Falls of Foyer, takes you through lovely woodland paths and along the pebbled shore of Loch Ness.

About the Falls of Foyer

According to Wikipedia (we do like our facts), the Falls of Foyer is the 9th highest waterfall in the United Kingdom. It drops a casual 165 feet (32m). Flowing from the River Foyer, it eventually feeds into Loch Ness.

The Falls of Foyer is a dramatic waterfall falling into a gorge below your feet. Frankly, it looks like the kind of place that would be awesome to dive into, however, we would strongly recommend NOT doing that. Really. Don’t. But it is very impressive in person.

Parking at Falls of Foyer

We drove to the falls and parked at the free Falls of Foyers car park. It’s always a bonus when there’s free parking. The car park is right next to the Waterfall Cafe, a handy place to be near when you’re returning from a walk.

If you were just there to see the falls, they are really close to the car park, too. You could probably get to the falls and back in about 15-minutes. But obviously, we chose the longer walk.

Finding Falls of Foyers

We set off from the car park and took a right. Across the road from the cafe, you can see a signposted route and a gate. This takes you down towards the falls viewing areas and was the start of our route. Even we couldn’t miss this route.

Taking some steep, muddy steps, we’re being careful with our footing. The steps look like they could be a bit slippy and we don’t want to go tumbling down with the falls.

After passing a signpost and keeping left, it wasn’t long at all until we reach the upper viewpoint for the Falls of Foyer. Wow! The size of it is just amazing, yet it looks so peaceful. We spend a few minutes here before we continue to follow the steps down to the lower viewpoint.

At the lower viewpoint, we found that you get a much better position. You can see slightly more of the falls and get a real sense of its majesty. It’s also a much better position for a photograph.

Falls of Foyer Woodland Walk

Once we were happy with the pictures, we turned around and walked back up to the signpost and took a left to follow a fenced path. Note: if you did want to go back to the car, then going right here takes you back up the way you came.

This took us through a woodland path, with signs to say there are red squirrels. We kept our eyes peeled, but unfortunately, we didn’t see any. As we walked through, we did enjoy the views, though.

Through breaks in the trees, we could see the lower falls in the gorge. This really was the waterfall that kept on giving. It seemed at every turn there was something else to see. At one point we looked out and could see two bridges that cross the river as it goes into Loch Ness.

Shores of Loch Ness

Eventually, we came out of the woods onto a small country road. Following the road downhill before crossing an iron bridge over Foyers River. Using the directions from Walk Highlands we find our way to a campsite with a signpost for a dog walk. That’s the way we need to go.

We follow another woodland path for a short while. As we look through the trees to our right, we can see Loch Ness. Eventually, the trees thin out and we find ourselves on the pebbly shore of Loch Ness.

Naturally, as soon as we arrived we went straight to the water’s edge and splashed our hands it. Keeping our eye out for monsters, of course.

Along the shore are some fishing huts and small boats which would likely make a really nice picture. However, we got a little distracted. Something caught the corner of my eye as it ran from the wooden hut to one of the boats.

What’s under the boat?

Curious as we are, we got closer to the ground to take a look. Was it a mouse? A rat?

As Alan lowered his head to check underneath the boat, two eyes were staring right back at him. They belonged to a tiny little baby rabbit. The cutest thing. We couldn’t get too close to the boat as it would run off and we didn’t want to scare it. Megan went one side and Alan went the other.

As it moved, Alan moved to get another picture. If he lost it, Megan would shout-whisper to say she could see it. Then, on opposite sides of the boat, we both mimed that we could see it. That’s when we realised there were two.

We looked around and we could see what looked like the mummy rabbit sat watching us. We finished taking pictures and started walking along the shore and then we saw even more rabbits. There were probably half a dozen happy rabbits hopping about. This was a nice little surprise.

Time for a Picnic

After spending far too long taking pictures of rabbits, we realised we were getting pretty hungry. We came back up off the shore to the grassy path that ran parallel and continued to walk.

As is the case quite often in Scotland, it started to spit. So, we found a big tree to offer some shelter and perched ourselves on a tree stump. Out came the picnic and a well-deserved rest.

One thing that we absolutely love about hiking is finding a nice spot for a picnic. We try our best to find nice views and peaceful locations and this offered both. We didn’t see another person whilst we were down here, despite the fact that there was a campsite right next door.

Full circle

Our path slowly begins to rise above Loch Ness and we turn off, walking along the edge of a cemetery, before finding ourselves back at the iron bridge and returning along the woodland path.

Something we always find on these walks is the final stretch is the most tiring. We’ve seen the views, our legs are getting tired and for some reason, it’s always uphill! Nonetheless, we make it make up the steep woodland steps. Still no red squirrels.

Dropping our bags off in the car, we promptly return to Waterfall Cafe for a drink and flapjack. This was well deserved. It was lovely and the staff were really friendly, too.

So that was one of the last walks of our Scotland road trip. Back in the car, we were heading down to Pitlochry to find a spot to wild camp.

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