Few places stir the imagination like Loch Ness; a jewel in Scotland's crown and a window to its wild and wistful soul. This is a magical place of undisputed natural beauty, shrouded in mystery and legend, where history and heritage are greatly revered.
This 6-night self guided walk explores the remote, southern side of Loch Ness where shady forests, tumbling waterfalls and rolling, heather-clad moors provide a misty backdrop to some of the most spectacular hiking in the Scottish Glens. It's a timeless and kaleidoscopic landscape and the place to visit if you want peace, tranquillity and 'an escape from it all' experience.
The walking is relaxed, with few serious climbs, taking in: the serene Caledonian Canal, a section of the Great Glen Way, pretty Beauly Firth and a wealth of lochs and rivers whose glassy waters mirror in the seemingly endless sky. Plant and bird life are prolific, and there's a high probability of spotting deer too.
The south side of Loch Ness was once the main military route from Fort Augustus to Inverness, and its undiscovered woodland, quiet paths and remote villages are steeped in history. Everywhere you'll be staying has its own unique appeal: a Victorian former mansion; a Highlands country inn; a friendly B&B with direct beach access, and a luxury riverside hotel in the heart of Inverness.
Varied walking following a mixture of woodland paths, country lanes and forest tracks. Some steep, but relatively short, ascents and descents, but a good head for heights is not necessary.
This tour is rated 1 boot+ indicating that some small sections of the route are slightly more challenging than the overall rating of 1 boot.
|Meals||Full Scottish Breakfasts|
|Tour Starts||Inverness train station (pick up at times at your request, subject to a minimum of 2 people), 5 mins to hotel.|
|Tour Ends||Taxi to Inverness train station (5 mins, pay locally)|
|Rail Options||Please inquire for schedules|
|Rail Supplement||Please inquire for prices|
|Singles||Add $73 per person per night for all May dates; $79 pppn Jun, Jul & Sep, $104 pppn Aug for sole sole occupancy of a double room.|
|Other details||Child rate: Over 2 and under 12, sharing with 2 adults. Inquire for prices. This tour is rated 1 boot +, meaning that some small sections of the route are slightly more difficult than the overall rating of 1 boot.|
|Hotels||**** (4 nights), *** (2 nights)|