Affric Kintail Way

With Heritage Paths!

Description:

This is a 4-stage walk with an overall difficulty grading of 3 (Moderate). Terrain will at times be steep and map reading skills are essential. Recommended for experienced travellers!

Glen Affric, with it's woodlands, loch and hills, is seen by many as the most beautiful glen in Scotland and 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 in Kintail 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. 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:

  1. Drumnadrochit - Cannich 21,5 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  2. Cannich - River Affric Car Park 19,5 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  3. River Affric Car Park- Alltbeithe 14 km (Grade: 2-Slightly harder)
  4. Alltbeithe - Morvich 16,25 km (Grade: 3-Moderate)

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Heritage Paths

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).

2-From Tomich NH307273 (GPS: 57.305254,-4.811171), 6 km from Cannich, take the Drove Road (28 km) to Fort Augustus to link up with the South Loch Ness Trail or the Great Glen Way.