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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Urquhart Bay Wood is situated on the banks of Loch Ness (Grid reference: NH519297) and is one of the best examples of surviving ancient wet woodland in Europe. The site has two main circular trails that are reached by a public right of way. The shorter loop trail is the more accessible, and although neither route affords an open view of Loch Ness, the paths follow the River Enrick and meander through lovely woodland. Urquhart Wood is well worth a visit and is just a couple of minutes drive from Drumnadrochit where many cafe's, museums and other conveniences can be found. For more information on Urquhart Bay Wood, please visit the Woodland Trust website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/our-woods/Pages/wood-details.aspx?wood=4905

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 2012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.2 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: Two wicket gates are present along the path.
Toilets: No

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The car park is located directly opposite the Church. There are no parking areas designated for visitors with disabilities.

CarPark The car park is located directly opposite the Church. There are no parking areas designated for visitors with disabilities.

There are two entrances to the car park. The entrance to Urquhart Wood is via a wicket gate, as can be seen in the background.

Direction There are two entrances to the car park. The entrance to Urquhart Wood is via a wicket gate, as can be seen in the background.

Signage at the entrance to the wood.

Start Signage at the entrance to the wood.

The wicket gate has been fitted with a straight handled 'easy latch'.

Gate The wicket gate has been fitted with a straight handled 'easy latch'.

Rough surfacing is present on the other side of the gate, although this is only over a a few metres.

Surface Rough surfacing is present on the other side of the gate, although this is only over a a few metres.

The path is laid in stone and is well-compacted. However, vegetation has encroached on to the path and is uneven in places.

Surface The path is laid in stone and is well-compacted. However, vegetation has encroached on to the path and is uneven in places.

Cross slopes (from right to left) were present along this section of the path. Although fairly minor, wheelchair users may nevertheless require fit and able assistance.

Gradient Cross slopes (from right to left) were present along this section of the path. Although fairly minor, wheelchair users may nevertheless require fit and able assistance.

This wicket gate has also been fitted with a straight handled 'easy latch'. The gate opens in one direction only.

Gate This wicket gate has also been fitted with a straight handled 'easy latch'. The gate opens in one direction only.

After the second wicket gate, the path surfacing improves. The path width is 1.6 metres.

Path After the second wicket gate, the path surfacing improves. The path width is 1.6 metres.

At this point, the gradient along the path increases slightly (measured at 10% downhill), although this is only over a distance of 10-12 metres.

Gradient At this point, the gradient along the path increases slightly (measured at 10% downhill), although this is only over a distance of 10-12 metres.

An information board is situated on the right hand side of the path, and over unsurfaced ground.

Information An information board is situated on the right hand side of the path, and over unsurfaced ground.

From this point on the path surface has been re-graded with loose stone. The surface has not been compacted or sealed with finer 'dust' so wheelchair users may find it a little bumpy.

Surface From this point on the path surface has been re-graded with loose stone. The surface has not been compacted or sealed with finer 'dust' so wheelchair users may find it a little bumpy.

The path meanders pleasantly through the woodland.

Path The path meanders pleasantly through the woodland.

A land slip was present on the left hand-side of the path, dropping away into the stream.

Gradient A land slip was present on the left hand-side of the path, dropping away into the stream.

At this T-junction bear left so that the river is on your left-hand side.

Direction At this T-junction bear left so that the river is on your left-hand side.

In February Snowdrops are found amongst the ground flora.

Wildlife In February Snowdrops are found amongst the ground flora.

Path

The woodland is rich in biodiversity. Rich green of mosses and lichens stand out amongst the Silver Birch and Alder.

Wildlife The woodland is rich in biodiversity. Rich green of mosses and lichens stand out amongst the Silver Birch and Alder.

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This section of the path runs parallel with the River. There are many tranquil places to stop, although no formal benches or rest areas were found along the route.

View This section of the path runs parallel with the River. There are many tranquil places to stop, although no formal benches or rest areas were found along the route.

Path

Path

At this T-junction bear RIGHT. However, the LEFT hand path follows a longer, circular route on a mostly unsurfaced  path. THE FOLLOWING 6 PICTURES DESCRIBE THE ROUTE WHICH FOLLOWS THE LEFT HAND FORK WHICH IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS OR PEOPLE WITH EASIER ACCESS NEEDS.

Direction At this T-junction bear RIGHT. However, the LEFT hand path follows a longer, circular route on a mostly unsurfaced path. THE FOLLOWING 6 PICTURES DESCRIBE THE ROUTE WHICH FOLLOWS THE LEFT HAND FORK WHICH IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS OR PEOPLE WITH EASIER ACCESS NEEDS.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. Although fairly level, this path is un-surfaced.

Surface NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. Although fairly level, this path is un-surfaced.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. At this T-junction bear left to head towards the Loch or turn right to follow the larger circular trail.

Surface NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. At this T-junction bear left to head towards the Loch or turn right to follow the larger circular trail.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL.The path leads out to an open area.

Surface NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL.The path leads out to an open area.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. Viewpoint and boundary of Urquhart Wood.

End NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. Viewpoint and boundary of Urquhart Wood.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. View towards Loch Ness.

View NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. View towards Loch Ness.

NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. This viewpoint of Loch Ness was reached with a significant degree of difficulty.

View NOT ON HIGHLIGHTED TRAIL. This viewpoint of Loch Ness was reached with a significant degree of difficulty.

The RIGHT-hand fork follows the shorter, more accessible trail.

Path The RIGHT-hand fork follows the shorter, more accessible trail.

Path

At this intersection the longer loop trail rejoins the main path, from the left. There was no signage or waymarking to help with orientation or distance, so continue straight on to return to the start point.

Direction At this intersection the longer loop trail rejoins the main path, from the left. There was no signage or waymarking to help with orientation or distance, so continue straight on to return to the start point.

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The path meanders through the woodland.

Path The path meanders through the woodland.

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Path

A wood carving next to the path.

Feature of Interest A wood carving next to the path.

 

Direction

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The path returns to the first T-junction encountered on the path. At this point, bear left to retrace your steps on the the return to the car park.

Direction The path returns to the first T-junction encountered on the path. At this point, bear left to retrace your steps on the the return to the car park.

A tourist information centre is located in Drumnadrochit.

Visitor Centre A tourist information centre is located in Drumnadrochit.

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