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GAIRLOCH TO INVERNESS NC500

Starting at Gairloch take the A832 trough the rural hamlets of Charlestown, Kerysdale, past Loch Maree, 20 km long and 4 km in width, making the Loch the fourth largest freshwater loch in Scotland, regarded as one of the most scenically attractive areas of Scotland, the loch itself is the largest in the north-west Highlands and lies in a glacial up to 110m deep, Loch Maree has a large number of islands 66 in total, the larger islands such as Eilean Ruaridh Mor, an Garbh Eilean and Eilean Subhainn contain pristine remnants of ancient Caledonian Scots Pine wood some over 350 years old, and standing on ground that has changed little in the last 8000 years, here you will find scenic beauty, rare plants and wild life, Sea trout and salmon are an important part of Loch Marie's ecosystem and they provide food for the Black-throated diver and the Otters.

kayaking is an excellent way to discover the loch, relax with the soothing sound of water lapping against the Kayak and nature quietening both mind and body and sole, or take the track next to the loch, the Tollie path, the walk starts at the Slattadale parking place and ends at Tollie Farm near Poolewe, about five miles there and five miles back.

Continuing on theA832 past Loch Maree through Taggan, Anancoun to Kinlochewe were you take the junction onto the A896

From the A896 continue on to Annet past Upper Loch Torridon, All An Dubn, Straithcarron, to Tornapress junction from here you can turn to Applecross, accessed by the spectacular Bealach na ba road for 11 miles as part of the adventure, come rain or shine this remote peninsula in the Scottish Highlands has sea kayaking, gorge walking, fishing and hiking, stunning scenery an abundance of wildlife and white sandy beaches, whether your cycling, walking or driving, fantastic photographic opportunities, camping on remote Islands and beaches in season, seals, dolphins, basking sharks, pilot and Minke whales are frequently in the waters, and look to the sky for Puffins, Skuas, Guillemots and Gannets.

At the Tornapress junction take the A896 through the hamlets of Kishorn past the river Kishorn and Sanachan to Lochcarron a sea-loch on the north-west coast of Scotland, on the mainland opposite the island of Skye, and is set among the most dramatic scenery in Britain.  Lochcarron and district is a scattered community, in winter in Lochcarron sees beautiful snowy hills, and when the snow creeps down into the village, at the northern end of Lochcarron, in Kirkton, you'll find its attractive loch side 9 hole golf course.

At the junction to Straithcarron take the A890 through New Kelso.

At Strathcarron take the A890 to Ardnarff along the Loch side, through Achmore, to Auchtertyre at the junction take the A87 to Dornie a small former fishing village in the Kintail district in western Ross-shire, the rivers Loch Duich, Loch Alsh and Loch Long meet up, here you will find Eilean Donan Castle.

At Shiel Bridge at the head of Loch Duich take the A87 to Invermoriston on the shore of Lochness, through the rural hamlets of Torrlaoighsearch, past loch Cluanie, Tomchrasky, Dalchreichart and Dundreggan.

From Invermoriston take the A82 past Urquhart Castle home to Nessy, through Drumnadrochit were you will find the Lochness Monster Exhibition, to finish back in the Highland capital Inverness.

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