Dores Beach

DORES BEACH is one of the most famous attractions in Scotland – even though it does not open out into any ocean.

Instead, its shores meet Loch Ness, best known for the sightings of the mythical monster Nessie that lives in the waters.

Where is Dores Beach?

Dores Beach is located in the north of Scotland, only around eight miles from Inverness city centre..

It is connected to Loch Ness, a freshwater loch that spans nearly 23 miles and through the River Ness, it leads to Moray Firth and the North Sea.

Getting to Dores Beach is quite easy though, with the 302 bus running from Inverness, while there is a free car park just five minutes’ walk away if you are visiting by car.

Dores Beach is nestled in the Scottish wilderness and boasts incredible views of the famous Loch Ness (Flickr/Simon Varwell)
Dores Beach is nestled in the Scottish wilderness and boasts incredible views of the famous Loch Ness (Flickr/Simon Varwell)

Can I go on Dores Beach?

Dores Beach is a public beach and therefore free for anyone to go onto.

And it is not just the stony shores that you can visit, with the Torr Point walk also fantastic for those that enjoy seeing nature.

The walk begins at the car park by the church before heading down to Dores Beach and then follow the wooded trail west around the shoreline and towards Aldourie.

However, there are no public toilets near to the beach or along the walk with the only available restrooms being at The Dores Inn.

Where to stay near Dores Beach

There are only a few places to stay nearby, including 1 Loch Ness Heights – a single apartment that overlooks the loch and is just over a mile from Dores Beach.

With views of the loch as well as the mountains around plus a full kitchen, it is the perfect location to enjoy the Scottish landscape from – and you can stay from £135 a night.

Otherwise, your best option is staying in Inverness, with the Drumdale Bed and Breakfast offering free parking and situated in the heart of the city.

You would be within walking distance from the River Ness and the Inverness Castle, while it is just 15 minutes’ drive from Dores Beach and Loch Ness – prices start at £54 a night for the single room.

Dores Beach overlooks Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster Nessie and surrounded by old castles, mountains and the beautiful Scottish nature (Pixabay/iphotoklick)
Dores Beach overlooks Loch Ness, home to the mythical monster Nessie and surrounded by old castles, mountains and the beautiful Scottish nature (Pixabay/iphotoklick)