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Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site The Camping and Caravanning Club
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.
Electrical hook-ups, farm shop, motorhome stop off, heated amenity block, parent and baby room, chemical disposal point, children’s play area, backpacker facilities, drying room, WiFi and designated dog walk. One of only a few places around Loch Ness where you can launch your own boat. For hire: electric bikes, canoes and boats with fishing permits if required. Trout Fly Fishing can also be arranged (01456 486711). You can also try your hand at archery, river dipping, tracks and signs and den building on site.
Suitable ForTents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents, organisations and family groups, children and dogs – yes.
In Your Element (0333 6006008) and Explore Highland (07808 071810) offer visitors to Loch Ness Shores various paddle sport activities, including open canoeing, and river kayaking adventures. These are available for half or full day depending on your level of experience. Most activities are suitable for children between the ages of 10 and 18, when accompanied by an adult. Ace Adventure (0330 555 0313) are a specialist White water rafting and outdoor activities provider, based near Aviemore. Jim and the team cater for a wide range of activities; from high adrenaline thrills to relaxed wilderness and wildlife experiences.
Food & DrinkThe onsite shop sells fresh local produce, including BBQ food, take-away coffee, cakes and meals prepared by a local butcher. There is also an Airstream Diner serving the best of Scottish food from 8am–8pm. Foyers Stores & The Waterfall Café (01456 486233) is a 20-minute walk and comes well stocked. Cameron’s Tea Room & Farm Shop is on the outskirts of the village to the south. Enjoy traditional ambience at Craigdarroch House Hotel (01456 486400). The wood panelling, high ceilings and open fires all add to the comfortable feel of this Highland lodge. At the end of a hard days hike, relax in front of a roaring log whilst sampling the single malt whiskies. Food is also available at the Dores Inn (01463 751203) and Whitebridge Hotel (01456 486226).
Contact Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Loch Ness Shores, Monument Park, Lower Foyers, Inverness IV2 6YH
Nearest bus stop: Lower Foyers at the site entrance. Nearest train station: Inverness (20 miles). Monday to Friday buses 2 hourly to and from Inverness, less frequent service at weekends.
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