|Track length:||81.51 km|
|Average speed:||10.01 km/h|
|Total ascent:||2203 m|
|Total descent:||2226 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
The Affric Kintail Way runs from Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness, to Morvich in Kintail, near the west Highlands seaboard.
Whether you are Hiking, backpacking, hillwalking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, or on a great Landscape and wildlife photography holiday this is a wild place, this route has many options, depending on how long you want to take, or how much effort you want to put into your trip, and which direction you want to take, this is a truly superb cross-country experience.
It consists of the mountains to the north of Glen Shiel and the A87 road between the heads of Loch Duich and Loch Cluanie, Glen Shiel, Strath Croe, Gleann Gaorsaic to the north and An Caorann Mòr to the east and Kintail via Glen Affric, Glenurquhart, Cannich to the east coast,
it is a way marked over a 44 mile route through low-level farmland, moorland and along magnificent lochs and tumbling rivers, ancient Caledonian pine forest, forest tracks and mountain passes, Linked with the Great Glen Way it can be extended either north to or from Inverness or south to or from Fort William, abundant with wildlife, leading onto a wild and remote upper glen, home to the UK’s remotest youth hostel, run by the Mountain Bothy Association, it is 8 miles from the nearest road and surrounded on both sides by long mountain chains which include some of the highest and finest peaks in the Western Highlands.
For the more adventurous of you can take in a few of the munros and corbetts on the way Tom a' Choinich and Toll Creagach,
These are the easiest of the Munro's to reach from Glen Affric, but still a substantial walk.
The two peaks are contrasting in character;
Toll Creagach is a very rounded mountain with mossy upper slopes,
Tom a' Choinich is a more shapely peak with rocky ridges.
- Other munros include
Sgurr na Lapaich it can be accessed either from Loch Mullardoch dam or from Loch Monar at the end of Glen Strathfarrer, with more challenging mountain footpaths,
when it rains the rivers, particularly those flowing into Loch Mullardoch from the north, swell very quickly and can make river crossings dangerous or impossible so be prepared for a long detour or to wait for the waters to clear away, it skirts the lower northern slopes of the five sisters of Kintail, you finish on the west coast at Morvich on the shores of Loch Shiel.
The 20,000-acre deer forest of Fasnakyle, is at the east end of Glen Affric
The red deer stag stalking season runs from 1 July to 20 October and the hind season from 21 October to 15 February.
Most commercial deer stalking involves hunting the stags, so takes place between August and October, within these defined seasons, however, each estate set there own stalking season, Therefore, you should always contact a sporting estate to ask about its stalking season before making plans.
Strong footwear, warm and waterproof clothing are a must for this route as you will be passing through some remote areas and the weather is liable to change at short notice, even in summer, you can help conserve this route by taking all rubbish away with you.
At present there are no stiles to cross on the route but there are a number of gates so please ensure they are closed properly after you pass through, Have Fun.