Affric Kintail Way (incl. GPX!)
With Heritage Paths!
Distance: 71 km Overall grade: 3 (Moderate)
This 4-stage walk is moderately difficult with some steep sections and is recommended for experienced walkers! Map reading skills are essential. Glen Affric, situated west of Loch Ness and south west of Inverness, is seen by many as the most beautiful glen in Scotland. The glen is a near magical mix of native woods, glistening lochs and haunting moorlands. The Affric Kintail Way is a great route for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders stretching almost 71 km from Drumnadrochit by Loch Ness to Morvich by Loch Duich. The Way has been created by linking a number of rights of way, forest trails and footpaths that have existed in some cases for centuries. These have been incorporated into what many experts believe to be one of the best long distance trails in Scotland.
Traversing this trail from east to west is recommended. You will have the sun at your back for a good bit of the day, the ascent is much more gradual and Drumnadrochit & Cannich offer a greater opportunity for picking up supplies en route. Surfaces on the Affric Kintail Way are generally very good. Much of the route is on forest tracks but there are sections where it will be wet underfoot and quite rough. There is also a section on public road but there is a good verge. Glen Affric was part of the Clan Chisholm lands from the 15th to the mid 19th centuries. Life would have been hard, families depending mainly on subsistence farming on poor soil, for their survival. From the 1780s many Highland glens saw the forced removal of men, women and children by their own Clan chiefs as the introduction of sheep was deemed a more economic use of the land. The folk of Clan Chisholm were particularly affected and, like many others throughout the Highlands, they were dispersed around the globe.
Stages (on the trail map):
- Drumnadrochit - Cannich 21,5 km (Slightly harder)
- Cannich - River Affric Car Park 19,5 km (Slightly harder)
- River Affric Car Park- Alltbeithe 14 km (Slightly harder)
- Alltbeithe - Morvich 16,25 km (Moderate)
Heritage Paths (on the trail map):
1-From Cannich you might take the Strathfarrar to Strathglass Drove Road (20 km) and later the Loch Monar Drove Road (30,5 km) to link up with the Cape Wrath Trail and the Scottish National Trail at NH073472 (GPS: 57.474455,-5.214553).