In July 1724 General George Wade (1673-1748) was sent to Scotland on a military mission for George I. In the continuing uncertainty after the 1689 and 1715 Jacobite Risings, he was to ‘inspect the present situation of the Highlanders’ and to ‘make strict inquiry into the last law for disarming the Highlanders’. He identified that the Highlands were ready to rise up and was appointed commander in Chief of the North of Scotland. He build roads so that he could move his troops quickly and put down rebellions. One of these roads runs along the south side of Loch Ness. This was Fraser country and they fought on both sides in the Battle of Culloden that was to take place in a few years after Wades work was complete. They fought on both sides so that they were on the winning side and would keep their land and title. Unfortunately Lord Lovat who chose the losing side was beheaded in the Tower of London and a memorial to him can be found in Boleskine Gravyard on the South side of Loch ness.
The south side of Loch Ness is not the main road to Inverness from Fort William but it is the most beautiful. Even quicker because there is less traffic and more opportunities to overtake. You also get a better view of loch ness from this road.