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
If the general steepness of the area doesn't give it away, note that even the short walk to the Falls involves fairly... steep but very well maintained paths. Upper viewing area isn't huge... was very busy when we were there and the experience suffered for it. I'm not anti-crowds, but it's the sort of place you want to be able to spend a bit of time at, and not feel that you should get out of the way after a few snaps and a couple of minutes gazing at the gorgeous view, wishing that the kids behind you would just keep it down for a moment! Would love to come here again off season.read more
It's all right, probably I expected to se bigger water falls but it just ok. Nice walk around the water path and... definitely wonderful mountain views around. Not sure if I go back, good to have the experience of seeing it once in life time.read more
The falls are a lovely walk through the wooded area. There is a fenced path which follows the stream and gives you a... nice view of the water falls through the trees. There are steps at some of the steeper parts of the trek but a lot of the trek is over tree roots and compress soil. The trek is not suitable for people with walking difficulties due to the uneven ground.read more
It was amazing. We went the first time and there was only a narrow stream of water coming down, but it still looked... beautiful. When we went the second time after it had rained, the torrent of water was glorious. Definitely recommend.read more
Beautiful waterfall and the 2 viewing points are not too much of a walk, but lots of steps. The longer trail down to... Loch ness was a bit far for us, but of you have the time or are an avid walker it will be worth it. Little cafe at the top is nice and can get rather busy, has both inside and outside seating. Lovely cakes!read more
Nice hike but trail is not well signed and was difficult to find the remainder of the loop. We ended up on the road and... following that back to the car park. Falls were just okay for me, I'm from the Pacific NW in the US which is known for big and stunning waterfalls so this one was pretty disappointing in comparison.read more
We could hear the falls, but didn't get to see them. Think better signage might help - or perhaps we should just have... studied that map more closely. Lots of wildlife, red squirrels and a happy selection of birds to be seen and heard. Worth the stop.read more
Great paths to the waterfall from the camp site where we started on the road.We went off route in the return missing... the aluminium works.We are not sure how that happened .But still had a lovely walk down to the side of the Loch on an another route.A lovely short walk.read more
Exceeded expectations. The gorge is huge and the pictures don’t really do justice to the size of the waterfall. Aside... from visiting the view points there’s a great walk that takes you through the forrest and down to the shore of Loch Ness. Stopped off at the cafe too for a coffee once done. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.read more
Nice quick trail that leads to 2 viewpoints of the falls. Other paths take you different direction into the little... forest. You can stop at the parking lot by the entrance and go for a nice walk down the trail, get some water and have proper shoes though can get a little steep.read more
Worth a visit if you can find it.Complete lack of signage. We drove past it and the car park.Once parked, where do... we go? (It’s across the road).3 routes to choose from we tried the black route. (The longest). And then the markers stop.We were not the only group to be lost. Ended up cutting though a overgrown foot path and ended back at the start and we didn’t see any falls.read more
Breathtaking view points of the Falls. Such dramatic rock faces which really are huge.Prepare for a lot of uneven... timber/earth steps down and rocky ledges, all with handrails. The climb/walk down is worth the return journey back to the top.read more
Absolutely beautiful falls and woods. An easy but a bit steep walk which a nice path and stairs. The falls when there... is a lot of water is beautiful. We heard when there is less water it isn’t as impressive. Either way worth a visit!read more
Staying local to here and made the rather short trip to see the falls.Well signposted all the way to the two viewing... areas and the path is well constructed. Be warned, although it is only about 200m in distance, it is a cheeky climb back up (184 steps, to be precise)! Certainly not insurmountable, though and the view is certainly worth it!We visited the afternoon after some rains the evening and morning prior which resulted in a fantastic sight.The post office and shop at the start of the walk offers all the little things you may need if staying local and the adjoining car park is free to use while visiting the falls.Take a trip, it's worth it.read more
Good parking with public toilets and a cafe/shop/post office. Nice scenery and nice walks, however the falls themselves... were slightly disappointing but this may be due to time of year. Nice stop if you are passing but wouldnt go out my way to visit.read more
A nice place to stop during your visit around Loch Ness. It is a hidden waterfall in the valley which looks amazing.... There are some nicely built steps what lead down to the waterfall. I really liked the nature there and the view!read more
Lovely views with a couple of view points of the falls. A very good village shop and post office, that has all... essentials and some. Please support it if you can, even if you only buy a packet of biscuits or a chocolate bar.read more
well after a what seemed like a couple of hundred steps down to the upper viewpoint , considering the amount of rain we... had I have to say we were very disappointed in the falls. As you can see by the pictures there was a thin trickle of water running down the cliff face. The stairs down were steep and of different sizes made of wood placed into the hillside, some places had a hand rail but it was not very safe in places as there were tree roots and large rocks to in and across the steps so if you have children or pets or like us kind of getting on in life be very careful. There were some good places for pictured as you can see. some nice spotsread more
Beautiful, tranquil and amazing views so its definitely worth a visit. It is very steep and lots of steps to climb down... and up. Overall perfectly safe but there are some rocks and stones which could be a bit slippy so wear some suitable shoes.read more
A steep but short walk to 2 view points give a excellent view of this spectacular waterfall. On the journey back there... is a marked path going off to your left. If you walk along here for a short while you will be treated to another view of the waterfall in a complete forest setting (the waterfall looks as if it is in the middle of the forest). If you have the time and energy I would highly recommend doing this.read more
Lovely falls, quite rocky and steep walking down and back.Well worth the effort if you are good on your feet.Really... nice shop and cafe right opposite to help refresh.Definitely worth a visit.read more
Nice waterfall. I have seen more stunning views than this, but it’s still worth coming to see if you’re in the area.... There was quite a few people there, but not too busy.If you like walking there is also a quite a nice walk that runs to a viewing platform and to the lower bit if you want to see it from below.read more
Excellent trails leading to the falls and through the forest down to the lower village. Wonderful native woodlands and... great views of the gorge throughout. If possible, time your visit according to recent rainfall as, after a dry period, the falls can be very underwhelming given the amount of water extracted upstream to power the local hydro generation scheme (this can leave barely a trickle of water over the falls themselves).read more
Such a magical place just a shame you can't get to the bottom of the actual falls... But there is a spectacular view... point of them... The surrounding area is also full of little surprises to be found... And the shop before you enter the forest to the falls is also a great little place too... It's a great location and we will plan another trip there in the near future ;)read more
The waterfall wasn't especially impressive when we were there, due to lower river levels, but the setting and the huge... drop from the viewing points are really something! Me and my 3 kids of various ages enjoyed the walk to the waterfall view points and then round to the other side of the basin. We didn't go right down to the loch side, but it looked like a good walk through the woods.read more
I understand why this is on the tourist trail because of its history. But it wasn't worth the walk down & up again. The... waterfall is tiny, more like a trickle than a waterfall. If it's on your way through the area stop off but don't go out of your way to see this as you'll just be disappointedread more
A nice place to come and visit if you're in the area. They aren't the most dramatic waterfall I've ever seen but the... surroundings are lovely and the shop across the road is surprisingly well stocked and the people there are very friendly.read more
We both enjoyed this walk. It is quite steep in places and I am sure it's amazing from the bottom but we wimped... out.We did a circular route by going over the bridge and then back up to the top..In hind sight we should have gone right at the top and taken the slope down and I may have made it to the bottom.read more
Definitely not one for the less physically able, there are good secure steps down to the upper viewpoint but access to... the viewpoint is narrow and uneven. The 'steps' to the lower viewpoint are uneven wet natural stone in several places not steps at all. My son counted 442 paces (mainly steps) from the lower viewpoint back to the road, after which the kids legs were too tired to consider the red squirrel walk.read more
Somewhat steep but tranquil sunset walk down to the falls. A bit trickling rather than cascading waterfalls yet it is... so beautiful. Make sure you visit the falls only 15 miles from Invernessread more
Only dropped a star because despite recent rain and snow melt the falls were pretty uninspiring. I believe the water is... sometimes channeled away from the top of the falls for hydro electric use?However the path network through the forest is extensive with spectacular views. A great place for kids to burn off energy.read more
Lovely walk through woodlands with views of the falls and Loch Ness and the Great Glen. The upper falls are reached by... a path with steps, but it is not "accessible" if you are not mobile or have trouble walking up/down a slope. The lower falls are not currently visible from the path due to tree and shrub growth. Excellent cafe at the top of the path 😁🍰☕ and Post Office.read more
What an interesting place to visit, lots of history, beautiful historical items to see and if you take the time..... to... read about ...i was amazed how many people coming in behind myself and hubbie passed us and left the castle whilst we were still enjoying the sights and the history ........ don't do that, history is what makes up who we are....A stunning setting even in the drizzle..... Covid regulations were strictly adhered to but caused only the slightest of delays......Real value for money, we thought the entry price was extremely reasonable considering the upkeep that must be required for the place, let alone the staff etc.... please note!! No photographs are allowed inside the castle.Would definitely recommend!read more
Really like the experience. Lovely view and nice quiet place to relaxQuite busy place passing with people on the... route.When it gets dark or foggy signs are hard to spot.Meet 2 couples who got a bit lost because they didnt see the singsread more
The Falls are a lovely wee walk. Nothing too strenuous, unless you want to do the slightly longer trail. Trainers are... fine for this kind of walk, and the waterfall is beautiful. There is a cafe at the top of the walk if you fancy a wee tea/coffee and cake as a reward!read more
A lovely wander up from Loch Ness Shores Camping & Caravanning Site but be aware that the top bridge in Lower Foyers is... not open and has been fenced off and is unsafe!The Falls are magnificent, but it is quite a climb up from Lower Foyers but we'll worth the effort. Even more so when you factor in the refreshments at the Foyers Falls Cafe (next to the Post Office). Excellent choice with gluten free options.If you have the time take the track back past the Upper Falls, which are well worth a visit on their own, and along an ancient route through the forest. Watch out for red squirrels, red deer, pine martens and wild cats. Walk quietly and you may be lucky enough to see some of them.read more
Everything about Highlands is amazing and this place is one of them. I visited with my family, my kids 10, 8 & 4. The... path is clear and fenced. The walk along the shores of Loch Ness will be memorable. We all enjoyed it.read more
Impromptu visit after visit Loch Ness and can confirm was not disappointed . Such a nice setting and place. The walk is... a bit challenging so come prepared otherwise definitely worth the tripread more
Lovely little bridge, my boys love bridges!! Gorgeous views of the river too. Good little information board giving info... on history of the bridge. And we were lucky enough to see the swing bridge open too for a boat going along the canal! Perfect for a little stop off.read more
The area is super well maintained, loads of information and staff were also very friendly and attentive, we were able... to find out about loads more info by talking to them.The one-way system adopted is working really well and gave us plenty of confidence to explore everywhere !Beautiful views to be enjoyed from many areas!read more
Brilliant.Once you adapt to the eclectic quirkiness of the public areas it's quite something. The staff are without... question among the most friendly and cheerful you'll meet anywhere. The food is second to none, and there's plenty of it.The gents loos are worth a visit 😎This place is a hidden gem.read more
No for wheel chair access. This is a steep walk down and up the side of a mountain, it is amazingly beautiful walk... and view. There are steps and hand rails. Parking is available. No fee to go on the walk. Not good if you have bad leg joints or are very heavy. I stopped 1/3 the way and was glad I had when I walked back up. It was a lovely placeread more
Much more water than usual going over the falls just now as the nearby hydro electric power station is undergoing... maintenance and their not diverting the flow away from the falls. Impressive any time. Amazing now!read more
Didn't get the chance to go in as it was closed. Potentially this was a blessing as the bridge to the castle was still... left open allowing you to walk around the outside of the castle without a ticket. The best views of the castle itself are actually from the car park but the views from the castle give lovely views of the area.read more
Well worth a visit if you are Nessie hunting. A free car park with a dirty workman hut style toilet....but the walk... down the steps is quite easy to the top of the falls...you'll get wet....and further steps to the lower falls. Great viewsread more
A beautiful and majestic water fall. Fall can be approached by stairs. Water flow is strong. When it falls from a good... height then it creates fogs, almost like smoke. The surroundings scenery is also beautiful.read more
Nice (but tough) walk/climb and scenery. Falls were a little disappointing considering how much it had been raining... (and compared to the pictures we'd seen) but I'm not dumb enough to mark down such a natural beauty because the water wasn't behaving the way I wanted ?read more
A lovely walk we did it two days in a row as it had been dry and not much water was flowing. It was quite a different... event after a night of rain and the water was thundering down the next dayread more
Beautiful scenery to take in and lungfuls of fresh air to inhale. The waterfall itself can be impressive but be sure to... go after a prolonged period of heavy rain to catch it at its most spectacular. The footpaths around the falls can be tricky to navigate for people with disabilities, but they're generally manageable for those with a moderate fitness levelread more
A must see, big waterfall with different vantage points. Shop and cafe across from entrance. We walked from wildside... Highland lodges, spectacular views on the way, abundance of wildlife including wild deer, or parking is available if you want to drive.read more
We visited these falls after a heavy rainfall and they were spectacular. You could feel the power in the water. Quite a... lot of steps on the way down which makes it quite a climb back up. Tiring but well worth it. Beautiful.read more
Lovely waterfall. Had been raining a lot so it was running well. The path to reach it has been made into steps but... still fairly difficult to cover if slightly older or have a disability. Definitely not for wheelchairs or prams.read more
Beautiful and stunning place. Definitely worth stopping by. The waterfalls and suranding area are well maintained.... However, please keep in mind that the access to the bottom of the falls may be challenging if you needs assistance with walking. Also, some steps are steep and parents should keep an eye on their children to prevent scraped knees.read more
Amazing little gem on the road to (or from) Inverness. We were just visiting the restaurant so can't comment in the... rooms. Staff were brilliant. Service was incredibly quick. The menu is wide ranging and there are vegetarian and vegan options including desert. Prices are reasonable for both food and drink. The Chickpea curry was delicious and the lamb my friend had was apparently the best lamb dish he had ever had. Highly recommend this treat of a venue.read more
Impressive falls once you climb down lots of flights of stairs. There are two viewing decks but people seem to be... unaware of the lower deck. Saw many returning after viewing the falls from the upper deck.read more
Super cool view on the falls! There's an upper and lower viewpoint and both are well accessible by steps with handrails... as well. Close around are benches to sit and enjoy some quiet and also other walks around the forest close by. Despite the steps and handrails, it's still quite steep so take trainers or boots ;)read more
It was a beautiful country and almost untouched countryside around it very pretty and a little winding trail to get to... it difficult and muddy in places spray from the waterfall makes it wet but it was amazing to a city boy like me nature is beautiful and deadly well worth a look but you need to be able bodied coming back up the trail was hard.read more
Hidden down a steep but we'll stepped path is the stunning waterfall hidden in the trees. Several vantage points can be... reached from the path, it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear & not for anyone who struggles on steep awkward terrain. Adequate car parking at the shop / cafe with public toilets, likely to be busy during the holiday season. Worth the effort to reach the viewpoints.read more
An impressive waterfall in easy distance from Inverness and with delightful views of lochness. The is a convenient path... from the parking lot down to two viewing locations. I would recommend following the path round the edge of the gorge taking you to lower Foyers. You can then with retrace your steps or return via the town. There are several excellent cafes in the vicinity rust do good tea, coffee and cakes.read more
Nice place to rest, breathe fresh air. The waterfalls themselves are small, in May the lower fall was almost dry.I... liked that there are quite a lot of banks where you can enjoy the view. Also at the beginning of the road there is a Cafe and at the end of the road there is a cottage where yo can grab some tea. Unfortunately, it works only till 3pm. All in all it is a place to stop.read more
I liked the nature, I liked the trial down the fall. The steps were awkwardly spaced though, and kind of narrow if you... meet anyone. More room next to the stairs. Read about the fall being smaller because of hydro power plant.... that sucks....read more