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    Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravann...
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  • Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Site - the name says it all.

    This is one of the few locations, with easy access to Loch Ness where you can picnic and barbeque on the shore.

    The panoramic views across to Meall Fuar-mhonaidh and beyond are representative of the spectacular local scenery.

    Photographs of the area found on this page haven’t been taken by professionals but by visitors who return time and again to enjoy this unique location.

    The flora and fauna are second to none with otters, squirrels, pine martens, stoats, sika and roe deer all frequenting the site and surrounding farm land with bats and badgers restricting their visits to the evenings and night time.

    And if that isn’t enough a 2012 RSPB survey identified over 40 species of wild birds locally and since then they have been joined by a family of Jays.

    Located at Foyers on the south side of Loch Ness, where the Forbes family have farmed for generations, Donald supported by his wife Lyn have spent 6 years planning this brand new site, a farm diversification which offers facilities to 5* standard.

    However, despite what could be called luxury in camping and caravanning terms, it is our intention to support a sustainable environment through best use of resources.

    This is demonstrated through our choice of green energy and buildings with energy efficient construction and low impact, locally sourced materials.

    Innovative sustainable technology is used including solar thermal and geo-thermal systems and even the water is sourced from boreholes on site.

    This provides the under floor heating and hot water for the buildings which are equipped to 5*standard including the service block.

    Am Fasgadh (Gaelic for shelter) will accommodate the communal area with table tennis and other games available, plus a site shop where you can buy takeaway food and even hire fire pits and locally sourced timber for barbeques on the shore.

    WildNess is our chosen partner for delivering outdoor activities.

    Passionate about the natural environment Aly Ainsworth who focuses on environmental outdoor activities is creating unique opportunities for people to 'travel' through beautiful landscapes using 'leave no trace' principles. These will include opportunities to walk, climb, ski, and cycle learning more about the local area and heritage. Canoeing and kayaking can also be arranged.

    With the opening of the South Loch Ness Trail and Great Glen Canoe Trail and the extension of the National Cycle Network all of which pass within close proximity of the site, there has been tremendous support from membership organisations for this, the only place with facilities to camp on the South Shore of Loch Ness.

    Donald and Lyn’s vision is that Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site will help the local area to retain its current services and encourage others to come to live, work and visit the area.

    As one of only a few people who were born in Foyers still residing in the village, Donald can remember his school days when there were over 100 pupils in the village school, 2 shops, a pub, hotels and the Club, with its billiard room and dance hall where dances were held regularly through the winter months.

    Summers were taken up with bowls, tennis and most importantly of all the Boleskine Shinty Team had their home ground near the campsite, with locals flocking to watch the local team on a Saturday afternoon.

    Foyers, once an industrial village with over 300 people employed in the Aluminium smelter, was one of the places bombed during the war.

    It was also the first place in Britain to get electric street lights, which lit the paths for the workers in the village.

    A few hundred yards from the smelter is the old pier, where all the raw materials for the smelter came in by boat and the aluminium ingots were taken away.

    The road to Inverness was upgraded eventually in the late 1950’s and road haulage took over this work.

    The pier is due to be restored in 2013 so that any vessel using the canal can berth in Foyers once again.

    Foyers and the surrounding area has lots of history, including a cave repeatedly used by Bonnie Prince Charlie after his defeat at *Culloden (*25 miles to the East of Foyers) and roads and bridges designed and build by General Wade.

    Another claim to fame are the Falls of Foyers, reputedly visited by Queen Victoria on her Highland travels and subject of a poem by Robert Burns.

    Minutes away from the site of the family home of James Fraser, the Dun Bonnet, as told in the Diana Gabaldon books, the shore was also used as the beach location in Ted Danson and Jolie Richardson’s film Loch Ness. The rabbit scene from the film Local Hero was also shot only a few miles up the road from here! We even have our own monster - what more could you ask?

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