Loch Glass, north of Ben Wyvis, is situated in a rugged and untamed area of the Highlands but offers outstanding views without the need to climb the summit of the mountain itself. If you’re seeking uninterrupted solitude amid a backdrop of mountains and water, you won’t be disappointed.
The southern shore of Loch Glass presents some fabulous landscapes: the distinctive exterior of Culzie Lodge, also known as the Pink House, for example, invokes a sense of wonder in all weathers, but is amplified when its pink-painted walls contrast sharply with the snow-laden slopes of the mountain behind. From the loch, the often-unseen craggy face of Ben Wyvis is more formidable and dramatic than its western flank, which most visitors first catch glimpse of the mountain.
Whether you choose to hike or to cycle, there are plenty of route options and opportunities to extend or shorten your journey around Loch Glass, with every path telling a different story.
GETTING THERE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Arriving by car
Loch Glass is situated in a remote location in the Highlands, served by a small network of narrow single-track roads, although these are generally well-maintained.
The closest parking is at Eileanach, at the end of the public road, while space is also available in the village of Evanton, a moderate walk from the loch.
Arriving on foot
Loch Glass is ideally visited as part of a circular walk, of which there are many in the area.
The village of Evanton is a convenient starting point, as it offers free parking for cars and is served by Stagecoach’s 25/25X service between Inverness and Invergordon.
The walk to the eastern tip of the loch is approximately 6 miles.
The terrain around Loch Glass is uneven and boggy in places, while the weather is invariably unpredictable, so arriving fully kitted out is a matter of common sense!
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEARBY
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
The Storehouse Restaurant, in Evanton, is renowned throughout the Highlands for its fresh food. Whether you’re popping in for a quick snack and refreshing drink, or craving a sustaining breakfast, lunch, or evening meal, you’re not likely to be disappointed! As the ingredients are sourced locally and dishes are prepared in small quantities, the menu changes throughout the day, offering something different every time you visit.
In Dingwall, the Croft Restaurant offers a tasty range of light and main meals, from baked potatoes, paninis, and toasties, to speciality burgers, fish, and pies. Children and vegetarians are catered for, and there’s also the chance to dine outside if the weather allows.
DID YOU KNOW…?
Some of the stunts that feature at the start of The Dark Knight Rises were filmed over Loch Glass.