Dark, deep and narrow, Loch Ness stretches for over 23 miles between Fort Augustus and Inverness. Every inch of its crisp cold waters have been extensively explored in search of Nessie, the elusive Loch Ness monster. Nessie continues to frustrate and beguile in equal measure, and in all honesty ‘Nessiemania’ achieved overkill many moons ago. However, Scotland’s (if not the world's) most famous loch has a remarkable array of natural beauty and outdoor activities, that keeps campers coming back, even if Nessie doesn’t play ball.
Enjoying stunning views of the nearby forest and mountains is the appropriately named Loch Ness Shores. Located on the quieter south shore near the village of Foyers, this 99 pitch, open-all-year campsite is run by the welcoming husband and wife team of Donald and Lyn, whose excellent local knowledge ensures campers can make the most of their stay. The site has impressive eco-credentials too. Innovative green technologies are used to light and heat the onsite facilities, which include a decent amenity block (with under floor heating) and home-from-home shower rooms.
The surrounding flora and fauna is one of Loch Ness Shore’s major draws. With regular sightings of red squirrels, badgers, wild goats, otters, deer, and over 40 species of wild birds, campers are advised to keep their binoculars at the ready. Wildlife hides are available and walks – ranging from a short leisurely stroll to Foyers Pier, to a wide range of forestry paths – offer fantastic sighting opportunities for all.
Open to both C&CC members and non-members, Loch Ness Shores also offers the opportunity to ‘glamp’ in one of their five wooden wigwam cabins, all boasting snug caravan-style beds. But whichever accommodation you opt for, you’re sure to enjoy this beautiful, tranquil location in one of Britain’s most scenic spots. So scenic in fact it’s a wonder why Nessie hasn’t dropped by for a cheeky weekend of camping. Ah well, Nessie’s loss is most certainly your gain.
The Owner Says
Set in a tranquil location on the Southeast shores of Loch Ness, offering panoramic views with a picturesque backdrop of mountains and woodland; multi award winning Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site is the perfect location to stop when visiting the Highlands.
The site offers a variety of pitch types suitable for touring caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents and tents so all camping needs are catered for. Innovative and green technologies are used to heat the building and water in the award winning amenity block. This includes under floor heating and home from home showers, accessible facilities and laundry. The on-site shop offers a taste of local and Scottish foods to enjoy throughout your stay.
The fantastic location is ideal for individuals who enjoy fishing and other water based activities with boat and canoe hire available on site. Other highlights include the many different species of wildlife that can be spotted close by including otters, red squirrel and over 40 different kinds of wild birds, which can be spotted regularly.
Keen Cyclists and walkers will be spoilt by The South Loch Ness Trail, which passes close to the site and connects many paths from Inverness to Fort Augustus, including the famous Falls of Foyers.
Loch Ness Shores has been awarded a 5 star accreditation from Visit Scotland, Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, Eco-Friendly category winner for Loo of the Year Awards 2016 and has also won the Scottish Holiday Park Loo of the year award.
In addition, if glamping is more your style, Loch Ness offers a number of luxury wooden WigWam cabins, all boasting comfy caravan-style beds, accommodating up to 5 people. To find out more about the WigWams, please call the site direct.
To book your break or for more information visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/lochnessshores or call 01456 486333More images from Loch Ness Shores...
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