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GPS Track Details
Track length: 24.62 km
Moving time: 2:27
Average speed: 10.01 km/h
Total ascent: 250 m
Total descent: 505 m
Difficulty Level: 3/5 - Medium
Overall rating: 6 (26 vote(s))

Starting from the the grounds of the Craig Dunain NHS hospital follow the track to the start of Blackfold to Abriachan. The way starts to slowly ascend with views to the north is over the Beauly Firth. This forest has several paths but the Way is clearly marked, the area can be exposed and mist is likely to sometimes hide the view. Turn into Craig Leach forest, the next four miles to Abriachan are on a single track road, walking first in woodland then over open moorland some 900 feet above sea level, although mostly a low-level walk there are some challenging sections. The route passes between Meall na h-Eilrig and Carn na Leitire, passing along the side of farm tracks until it starts to climb, with views over Urquhart Bay to Urquhart Castle, on the shore of the world-famous Loch Ness, home of many myths and legends, Follow the history of this turbulent region as the Way passes castles and forts, scenes of some of the Scotland’s bloodiest battles. In 1998 the community purchased 540 hectares of forest and open hill ground from Forest Enterprise. Since then, as a social enterprise, the Abriachan Forest Trust has managed this land to create local employment, improve the environment and encourage it’s enjoyment by the public through a network of spectacular paths, Abriachan Forest, is 15 km to the south-west of the city of Inverness, this section is perhaps the most varied of all, with further ascent and descent and a mixture of farmland, moorland and forestry, it is thought to be one of the biggest community owned woodlands in the UK. Follow the footpath on to the A82 to Drumnadrochit at Tychat, then follow the main road for less than 2 miles past Temple pier and the life boat station before reaching the Lochness Exhibition centre and into the village of Drumnadrochit.

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