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Inverness to Strathpeffer to Beauly to cannich to Drumnadrochit. The weather is not always great but the ride and your visit will make it well worth it.
Starting in Inverness take the A9 over the Kessock bridge through to Artafallie and Arpafeelie are small hamlets on the Black Isle on the West Coast to Tore a small village set round a major roundabout where the A9 intersects the A832 and the A835
Offering the choice of direction to wide open and remote spaces, hundreds of miles of quiet awesome roads, Stunning wild scenery vast sea escapes, Grab a map and start creating your own Highland adventure.
Taking this route, the A835 to Conon bridge a village near the town of Dingwall, with a railway station on the line Inverness to Dingwall.
Inverness is roughly 20 minutes drive, and Dingwall is roughly 5 minutes drive. a great central location for touring the Highland Region, here you will find Castles, old ruins, Whiskey distilleries, fishing villages, crofting, Golf, history, towns and villages offering Highland hospitality, Food and Drink, Shooting, Sailing, walking,
To the west to Skye, north west to Lochinver, north to John O'Groats or south to Glencoe, this part of Scotland has to rank as one of the real contenders for a truly great biking country, there are so many beautiful places to visit with roads offering long fast straights to sweeping curves.
From Kinlochewe hair raising bends climb to Applecross among majestic scenic mountains on the west coast and beautiful beaches and a rugged coast in the north.
From Conon bridge, continue on the A835 to Strathpeffer a Victorian spa town, within striking distance of Ben Wyvis a vast and sprawling mountain whose isolated position makes it the dominating feature of a wide area the ascent to its spacious plateau is a reasonably straightforward in good summer conditions by Munro standards and there are very extensive views from the summit, popular base for walkers.
There are superb views from the Iron Age hill fort of Knock Farril, of the Cromarty Firth and of the surrounding mountains, another good walk is through Ord Wood to picturesque Loch Kinellan, where a small island bears the ruin of a fort.
The pavilion in the main square has been redeveloped in resent years and the Highland Museum of Childhood, can be found at the restored Victorian train station, a great place to explore the local history.
At Moy bridge over the river Conon take the A832 to Mary Bank, Urray, to Muir of Ord to take the A862 past the Muir of Ord golf course to Beauly, on the River Beauly, a renowned salmon river, varied shops, eating places, hotels and guest houses,with some gentler walks around the village and most stunning areas in the Highlands to walk is around, here you will find Beauly Priory one of three priories founded in Scotland in about 1230 for monks of the Valliscaulian order. Today only the abbey church still stands housing some fine funerary monuments.
Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Beauly in the 16th century, local tradition credits the naming of the village to her.
From Beauly follow the main road south out of the village and past the station, after a mile turn right onto the A831 signposted to Cannich.
Cross the river just below Kilmorack dam, follow the riverside road which is followed all the way through Eskadale and on to the head of Strathglass then to the small village of Cannich a peaceful and relaxing location in a quiet rural setting, close to mountains and sea, an ideal spot for nature lovers and wildlife, rambling, hillwalking, cycling and mountain biking, photographers and painters, next to Glen Affric National Nature Reserve Glen Affric contains an ancient Caledonian woodlands, direct descendants of trees that first colonised the Scottish Highlands after the last Ice Age 8-10,000 years ago.
Glen Affric is a haven for wildlife with a wide range of habitats ranging from high mountains to moorland to low level warm forest.
Then continuing on the road main A831 to Drumnadrochit climb up the steep hill through stunning back roads and one of the most beautiful remote areas in this region past the sign for the the Corrimony RSPB Nature Reserve, Set in stunning moorland and Caledonian forest, this beautiful reserve is a treasure trove for anyone who loves birds watching and ornithology, with over 100 different bird species, including golden eagle, black grouse, osprey, red kite, Scottish crossbill and crested tit. Habitats are widely varied and include agricultural land, pastures, woodland, moorland, wetlands, mountains, rivers and lochs, and the Corrimony Cairn a circle of standing stones and discover this ancient passage grave, dating back 4,000 years.
Continue down the glen passing Glenurquhart, then through Balnain and Millness this region is ideal for short strolls, low level walks and rambling, hillwalking, Corbett and Munro bagging, long distance walking trekking and Nessy hunting, a most beautiful, inspiring and truly stunning region of ancient landscapes and Beautiful scenery, waiting for you to explore and discover at your own pace.
Continue along the A831 for a further mile to Drumnadrochit, home to the world famous Nessy.
Drumnadrochit is the last stage walking the great glen way to Inverness.
From Drumnadrochit the road, continues on a further 15 miles to Inverness on the A82 following the shore of Loch Ness, where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth.