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Before you head off into the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands…dog lead in hand, excitable pup by your feet – have a read of our Dog Owners Guide to South Loch Ness.  This will help you put together yours and your pup’s trip itinerary.  If you’re in need of some good information or just a good map, come and see us at The Lovat Loch Ness.  We can set you in the right direction.

Walks –

South Loch Ness has some breath-taking walks for the fittest of dogs, especially if you’re looking for good walks and plenty of dog trails.  And many beautiful walks for the dogs that just like a nice stroll – there’s a walk for everyone.  To the west of Loch Ness there is Glen Affric which has a selection of walks including Plodda falls and Coire Loch trail. To the east, just north of Foyers, there is Farigaig and parts of the trail of the 7 lochs.  In Fort Augustus there is quite a few trails to follow.  Allt Na Criche, River Oich trail, and Torr Dhuin to name a few.  Come and see us at The Lovat Loch Ness and we have all the maps and information you need for a good local walk.

Activities –

There are many activities in the area for you and your dog.  But before you set off, please read any rules that any of the activities may provide for dog owners.  The rules are mainly keeping your pup under control and what areas your pup is and isn’t allowed.  The Cairngorms national park is a doggy favourite, endless walks with beautiful scenery.  Loch Ness Cruises in Fort Augustus accommodate pup passengers, but please contact them in advance to make sure they have the room.  You can even enjoy a journey on the Jacobite train, made famous for being the train on Harry Potter.

Places to eat –

At the south of Loch Ness there are a few locations which have dog friendly restaurants.  There’s the Waterfall cafe in Foyers, as well as the Whitebridge hotel, both on the east side of Loch Ness.  The Lock Inn pub, overlooking the Caledonian canal locks in Fort Augustus.  Here at The Lovat Loch Ness, you can also enjoy your meal with the whole family.  Your furry friend can come and sit in our Brasserie with you while you eat.

Places to stay –

South Loch Ness is a prime location for families with dogs and the area has quite a few dog friendly places to stay.  It’s always a good idea to research the area and what you would like to do before you narrow down on a location for accommodation.

There is the Whitebridge Hotel on the east side of Loch Ness to be closer to Aviemore and the Cairngorms national park.  There is the Ancarraig Lodges between Invermoriston and Drumnadrochit.  The Clunie Inn which is on the A87 towards the Isle of Skye.  Or you can stay with us at The Lovat Loch Ness, which is in Fort Augustus, the heart of the south of Loch Ness.

We hope this information helps you with your plans to discover the best walks for you and your pup. Once you’ve found your favourite, please let us know so we can pass on the knowledge.

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