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The Affric Kintail Way

The Affric Kintail Way is a superb cross-country route for walkers and mountain bikers stretching from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail.

The trail 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 waymarked with finger posts and trail heads along the route and incorporated into what many experts believe to be one of the best long distance trails in Scotland.

The Route

We recommend the Affric Kintail Way is traversed from east to west (i.e. starting at Drumnadrochit) for several reasons – 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.

The Affric Kintail Way is a fully signposted, superb cross-country route for walkers and mountain bikers stretching almost 44 miles from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail by Loch Duich. Given the proximity to the Great Glen Way (Inverness – Fort William) it is quite possible to extend your route to/from Drumnadrochit to Inverness and enjoy a spectacular coast to coast trek.

The AKW is recommended for experienced travellers and takes in a variety of landscapes with stunning views – ancient drove roads which used to take cattle to market from the west coast, deep lochs, towering glens, ancient woodlands, The Glen Affric National Nature Reserve and an optional stay at the Alltbeithe Youth Hostel the most remote in the Highlands. Some sections can be quite strenuous and there is in excess of 6000 feet of ascent over the course of the trail.

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 – these will be especially tricky for the cyclist! There is also a section on public road (Corrimony – Cannich) but there is a good verge that hopefully will not be allowed to get too overgrown.

For further information visit Affric Kintail Way.

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