Dores on Loch Ness

Dores is a tiny Highland village on the southern shores of Loch Ness, 10 km southwest of Inverness. It has a church, village hall, welcoming country pub and a stunning beach.

This historic Loch Ness village dates back to the 1st century. Its name comes from the Gaelic meaning “dark woods”. Visit for lovely scenic walks, amazing views over the loch and perhaps a spot of Nessie hunting!


Grab a bite to eat

Enjoy amazing Loch Ness views at the Dores Inn village pub

Dores Inn

The Dores Inn is the only pub in the village, located right on the shores of Loch Ness. The family-run pub and restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, Its menu offers local delicacies, such as fresh seafood and traditional haggis, neeps and tatties.

It is a great place to enjoy some refreshments while gazing out over Scotland’s most famous and mysterious loch.

Dores Beach

The long shingle beach stretches away from the pub, giving spectacular views south west down Loch Ness and the Great Glen. Many come here to take in the vast beauty of the loch. And maybe even catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!

The famous Nessie Hunter himself, Steve Feltham, is based in the village. He has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster full time since 1991. His van is permanently parked by the beach and he describes his view of Loch Ness as the best that anyone could wish for! You can follow Steve’s adventures here on the Nessie Hunter blog.


Walks and Views

What to see and do at Dores village by Loch Ness

Nearby Attractions

The Aldourie Castle Circuit is a popular woodland walk between Dores and neighbouring village Aldourie. Starting at Dores Church car park, it takes in views of Loch Ness and Aldourie Castle Estate.

From Dores, there are great views across the water of Meall Fuar Mhonaidh, the most prominent hill in the area.

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