There are no end of stunning beaches and lochs to be seen across the Highlands and Islands. Many are easily accessed but some will require a sturdy pair of walking boots! Whether fishing, swimming or relaxing with a book, bear in mind that the Scottish weather can change in the blink of an eye, so a backpack with towel, waterproof and sun cream should cover all bases!


Dores Beach

Located on the banks of Loch Ness in the village of Dores this beach is small and rocky with stunning views down the Loch. Dores Inn, right by the beach, is famous for its fantastic food, while a small ice cream hut sells locally made ice cream throughout the summer.


Loch Oich

This is a great place to stop for a break if you are walking the Great Glen Way. There are picnic tables beneath the trees next to the road, and if the exertion is too much it a perfect spot for a refreshing dip.

Loch Ruthven

Close to the town of Farr, this RSPB reserve is famous for being home to half the UK’s population of the very rare, Slavonian Grebe. This is also a good place to see osprey’s catching fish as well as heron, oystercatcher and cuckoo.

loch ruthven
loch mhor

Loch Mhor

Osprey can occasionally be spotted taking some very good fish from Loch Mhor and occasionally some of the more dedicated fishermen have also been successful. Mostly small brown trout are to be had if you are lucky

Loch Ashie

A spectral army is said to appear on the shores of the loch at dawn on May the first, which is Beltane in the Celtic calendar. Tradition suggests that the warriors are men from the army of Finn Mac Cumhail, the Irish folk hero who appeared in battle in this area.

loch ashie
loch garry

Loch Garry

Loch Garry, which was dammed in the years after the War has some of the best wild trout fishing in the country, the British record fly caught brown trout of 19lb 2oz was taken here.

Plodda Falls

Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area, over forty metres high. Parking is available at the end of a narrow track, you can wander around the impressive forest before taking in the dramatic views.

plodda falls