|Track length:||250.1 km|
|Total ascent:||1994 m|
|Total descent:||1990 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
Starting in Gairloch, take the A832 through the rural hamlets of Charlestown and Kerysdale, past Loch Maree, 20 km long and 4 km wide, 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, Sea trout and salmon are vital components of Loch Marie's environment, providing food for the Black-throated Diver and Otters.
Kayaking is an excellent way to explore 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 Tollie path, which begins at the Slattadale parking lot and ends at Tollie Farm near Poolewe, about five miles there and five miles back.
Continuing on the A832 through Loch Maree, via Taggan, Anancoun, and Kinlochewe to the A896 intersection.
Continue on the A896 to Annet, via Upper Loch Torridon, All An Dubn, Straithcarron, to the Tornapress junction, from whence you may turn to Applecross, reachable by the beautiful Bealach na Ba road for 11 miles as part of the trip, rain or shine. This remote peninsula in the Scottish Highlands offers sea kayaking, gorge walking, fishing, and hiking, stunning scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and white sandy beaches, whether 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.
Take the A896 from the Tornapress junction through the hamlets of Kishorn, through 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 located amid the most stunning landscape in Britain. Lochcarron and region is a dispersed settlement, with lovely snowy hills in winter and when the snow drifts down into the town, at the northern end of Lochcarron, at Kirkton, you'll discover its picturesque lake side 9 hole golf course.
Take the A890 via New Kelso at the Straithcarron intersection.
At Strathcarron, take the A890 to Ardnarff along the Loch side, through Achmore, to Auchtertyre, and then the A87 to Dornie, a small former fishing village in the Kintail district of western Ross-shire where the rivers Loch Duich, Loch Alsh, and Loch Long meet, and where Eilean Donan Castle is located.
Take the A87 from Shiel Bridge at the top of Loch Duich to Invermoriston on the shores of Lochness, passing via the rural hamlets of Torrlaoighsearch, Loch Cluanie, Tomchrasky, Dalchreichart, and Dundreggan.
From Invermoriston, travel the A82 via Urquhart Castle to Nessy, then through Drumnadrochit to the Lochness Monster Exhibition before returning to the Highland capital of Inverness.