Falls of Foyers
South Loch Ness
Car parking, general store and the Waterfall Cafe are all located at the top of the falls
The river foyers drops a spectacular 140 feet in to the gorge know as the Falls of Foyers, and then runs into Loch Ness
In 1787 Robert (Robbie) Burns wrote a poem about the Falls of Foyers:
Among the heathy hills and ragged woods
The roaring Foyers pours his mossy floods;
Till full he dashes on the rocky mounds,
Where, through a shapeless breach, his stream resounds,
As high in air the bursting torrents flow,
As deep-recoiling surges foam below,
Prone down the rock the whitening sheet descends,
And viewless Echo's ear, astonish'd rends.
Dim seen, through rising mists and ceaseless showers,
The hoary cavern, wide-surrounding, lowers.
Still, through the gap the struggling river toils,
And still, below, the horrid cauldron boils.
Falls of Foyers.
The falls may not be as dramatic as they once were in Victorian times, however they
are still worthy of a visit.
Parking is outside the Post Office / Coffee Shop in the village (limited spaces). Across
the road from here a well maintained path leads steeply down forested slopes to two
viewpoints overlooking the Falls of Foyers. This is the spectacular 140ft waterfall in
which the River Foyers drops into a gorge finally leading into Loch Ness.
During your walk you will come across several interesting information boards about
the falls and the history of Foyers.
During the Victorian period the falls and gorge were a popular tourist attraction for
the “gentry”. Arriving by paddle steamer from Inverness.
Adjacent to the falls are forest and gorge walks, these are also well worth a visit,
keeping a sharp lookout for red squirrels.
Regrettably the access is not suitable for the disabled as the pathways and steps are
steep and uneven in places (walking boots/shoes recommended).
Should your visit to the falls be after prolonged heavy rainfall then you may even see
them close to their former glory.
Following his visit Robert Burns was inspired and wrote the following verse circa