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From Glen Urquhart Trip to Smoo Cave

Starting from Glenurquhart Bed and Breakfast,

Offering off road parking, comfortable En-Suite bedrooms in our rural woodland setting, rich with wildlife, six miles from Drumnadrochit, in an area of outstanding natural beauty we have from our door step nature, wildlife, rambling, hillwalking, cycling and mountain biking, whisky trail, Golf, water sports, History, unspoilt beaches, Castles, the area is outstanding for the aspiring photographers and painters, and even for the experts, some must have works of art waiting to be produced, Glen Affric, less than half an hour's drive from us witness dolphins frolicking off the Moray Coast, marvel at the sensational seascape of the North Highlands, walk in the shadow of Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, or explore the stunning islands and stretches of coastline.

 For our guest seeking relaxation, quiet and home comforts, home cooked meals and a hearty Breakfast to start the day, this is the place for you, it really doesn't get any better if you want to escape and unwind.

 Leaving the Highland Glen Lodge, from the end of the road turn right to the village of 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 let 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 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, through Marybank then the A835 to Dingwall the village sits south of the Cromarty Firth The ancient Dingwall Castle is well worth some time to discover

It is an attractive and busy resort town of narrow streets and pink stone buildings set around its now disused harbour, today the harbour foreshore is a popular site for birdwatchers.

Primarily renowned as the legendary birthplace of Macbeth, it retains some notable historic buildings, including the Fyrish Monument built in 1781, it is a good point for touring the Highlands.

  • From Dingwall follow the route on the A862 to the A9 at the Ardullie roundabout, follow the A9 to Alness, From Alness take the B9176 to Ardgay.

Although a designated National Scenic Area, the Dornoch Firth is one of the least well known beauty spots in Sutherland, it is often known as the "quiet county" There are fine viewpoints from Newton Point, between Clashmore and Spinningdale, with great opportunities for fine photography.

From Ardgay take the A836 to Bonar bridge has a well-known iron bridge and a "stone circle" using a selection of Highland stone, with fine views of the Dornoch Firth the viewpoints from the road overlook the Dornoch Firth, please note this route needs to be driven with extra caution and is not recommended during the winter.

 From Bonnerbridge follow the A836 to Lairg enjoy the magnificent views of this beautiful and interesting area, explore this designated National Scenic Area,one of the most under-rated areas of the Highlands.

It is advisable to exercise caution if using this route during the winter, spring and autumn, especially when it is dark or early morning, due to patches of ice, fog, and deer on the road.

We recommend that you take the coast road via Tain instead under such conditions.

Tongue is a historic village on the north coast of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland situated 31 miles north of Lairg.

There is evidence of ancient settlements in the area with various Bronze Age burial sites, Iron Age Brochs and early Christian stones.

Tongue is thought to have been occupied by the Norse from the 900s-1200s with the name coming from 'tunga' describing the tongue-shaped land projecting into the water, the ruins of the tower Castle Varrich sitting one mile to the west of the village are also believed to date back to Norse rule.

Tongue lies on the east shore of the Kyle of Tongue with Ben Loyal standing at 2506ft high over shadowing the village on the south side, it is a popular tourist destination particularly with walkers, climbers and nature enthusiasts, the area is vast and wild offering some of the most spectacular scenery and driving routes in the Highlands.

From tongue take the Causeway across the sea loch, through Achuvoldrach a small remote village on the west shore of the Kyle of Tongue from the A836 to the A838 to Hope to Portnancon, on the shore of Loch Eriboll a 16 km long sea loch, which has been used for centuries as a deep water anchorage as it is safe from the often stormy seas of Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth. It is named after the village of Eriboll on its eastern shore.

  • Continue north on the A836 Smoo cave is at the eastern end of the extended village of Durness.

Smoo" is a name thought to derive from the Old Norse Smuga which means "hiding place" and the name is applied to this end of the village and to the river, the Allt Smoo, which disappears into a sinkhole on the inland side of the A838 is a short walk from the car park, as well as to Smoo Cave itself.

  • This is the end of the route.

Situated around a mile to the east of the town of Durness, the cave can be explored by boat or by the path from the car park on the cliffs. The cave boasts one of the largest entrances to any sea cave in Britain at 50 ft high and is floodlit inside. It was formed by a burn that runs down into the rear chamber, as well as erosion caused by the sea.

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Min Elevation
3 ft
Total Distance
137.71 Miles
Max Elevation
869 ft
Total Time
22h 10m 37s
Total Elevation Gain
8671 ft
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8963 ft
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Max Speed
8.72 mile/hr
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Average Speed
6.21 mile/hr
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