From Glenurquhart head for Cannich, from Cannich take the route to Beauly about 18 miles through Mauld, struy, Eskadale, Aigas, Kilmorack, to Beauly,
On the way you pass Erchless Castle, an L-plan castle near Struy.
The current building was built in about 1600, by the River Beauly at the point where it forms from the confluence of the rivers Glass and Farrar.
Today you can rent The castle for self-catering holiday accommodation
On this route you pass Aigas golf course, established in 1993 as a farm diversification project, with greens and wide undulating fairways that are popular feature of this 9 hole well manicured parkland golf course (par 33) is well known for it’s picturesque setting, surrounding Aigas
At the junction take the left hand turn to Beauly, The village of Beauly is offers a range of excellent and varied shops, eating places, hotels and guest houses, and all just a 20 minute drive from Inverness.
The River Beauly is a renowned salmon river, but also provides some of the gentler walks around the village.
From Beauly to Muir Of Ord take the A862, then the A832 through Marybank to the A834, follow the route to Garve a picturesque village,that lies five miles north west of Contin and one mile south of Gorstan.
Garve is an excellent base for exploring the Highlands and has some of the most rustic and natural landscapes surrounded by some of the finest summits in the North Western Highlands, along the Black Water River.
From Garve follow the route to Achnasheen, on the A832 it lies at a junction between Skye and Gairloch.
The village was historically an important drover stop for the cattle-trade in the Highlands on their way to the markets at Dingwall and Inverness.
The ‘Old Drovers Road’ can be seen on the north-side of Loch Rosque at 100ft above the main road.
Achnasheen translated from Gaelic means ‘field of storms.’
For hundreds of years this has been an important junction in the centre of the northern Highlands, out here The locals know the roads, especially the single lane roads, so they drive fast and confidently, and will expect you to pull into the passing places as they approach or pull over and let them pass if they are behind you, you are on holiday, Only drive the more challenging routes if you are a confident driver, If you are a nervous driver, these roads are not for you, always do the research before you go, the Sun sets at about 3pm from November, so plan your day to ensure are at your destination by then, the weather can play havoc, so carry a selection of different changes of outdoor out fits, we do not have street lights and the Mobil phone will not always work, snacks for the day are important as many food outlets often close at strange times out here. Enjoy the route but it is important to be prepared.
Follow the route on the A890 to Strathcarron is situated at the head of the sea loch, Loch Carron, between the rivers, River Carron and River Taodail,, amid the beautiful scenery, heritage and wildlife of Wester Ross, with peaceful views to the surrounding mountains, Explore the area by rail on this outstanding scenic line or take the road and wander further afield to mountains, lochs, spectacular coastlines, islands, gardens, whisky distilleries, castles and wildlife, the Isle of Skye just a few minutes away by road past Loch Alsh
Follow the route to Auchtertyre a village, lying half a mile from the north shore of Loch Alsh near Kyle of Lochalsh, turn on to the A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh, then over the bridge to Sky.
There is something for everyone from walking, cycling, boating, golf, wildlife watching, canoeing, windsurfing and mountain biking, History, Castles such as Eilean Donan Castle, recognised as one of the most iconic images of Scotland all over the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, today one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish Highlands.
Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified castle was built in the mid 13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail, used in the film Highlander.
There are many lovely walks, a gorgeous waterfall to be discovered.
Auchtertyre is very well serviced by rail and road, Crianlarich is only two miles away and has regular train services to Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and a sleeper service to London, the village is located close to a number of key Highland roads, to Oban, Fort William, and to the Highland Capital Inverness past the watery home of Nessy on Lochness. All waiting to be discovered.
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