|Track length:||118.0 km|
|Total ascent:||715 m|
|Total descent:||824 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
From Glen Urquhart head towards Cannich,
Cannich to Beauly, is 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 rent 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 is 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 take the A862 to Urray and Mary Bang on the wester road, to Contin, located in the county of Ross, here you will find Fairburn Tower a Late 16th/early 17th century, square tower with 4 storeys and a attic The dramatic cracks running the length of its walls can be stitched and repaired.
Detailed archaeology is already underway and will allow us to recover the tower’s form.
The village of Muir of Ord lies 3 miles south east of Marybank, along the A832 road. The village of Contin lies less than 2 miles north west of Marybank, there are two UNESCO world heritage sites nearby.
From Marybank follow the route to Tarvie on the A835 through Garve onto Gorstan at Gorstan take the A835 to Gorbat
Loch Glascarnoch a reservoir 7km long, is about halfway between Ullapool and Inverness, a hydro-electric loch with a small power station about halfway along the loch. holding brown trout, pike and perch with Bank fishing only.
The A835 follows its south shore and has several parking areas and view points,
Follow this route on theA835 to Ullapool, past Lochbroom to the finish point.
Ullapool is nestled on the shores of Lochbroom about 1 hour North of Loch Ness and Inverness airport. It is the perfect base to discover Ross-shire, Cromarty, Sutherland, The Black Isle and Inverness, it is a picturesque fishing village, an ideal base from which to explore Wester Ross and the Highlands of Scotland, the village is now becoming well known for its Music Festivals, here you will find the Beinn Dearg a mountain most frequently climbed by following the River Lael up Gleann na Sguaib. Starting from near the head of Loch Broom, a path follows the glen to a bealach, which is about a kilometre north of the summit, the neighbouring peaks of Con a' Mheall and Meall na Ceapraichean may also be climbed. Eididh nan Clach Geala, which lies about 3 km north of Beinn Dearg, is also added in to complete a round of 4 Munros.
From the port at Ullapool you can take one of the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland's west coast, the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry usually shortened to CalMac,
The North Atlantic Drift passes Ullapool, moderating the temperature.
South from Ullapool are attractions such as Leckmelm Shrubbery and Arboretum, Lael Forest Garden, Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach.
Along the Road to Poolewe are great views out to sea over golden beaches and green, rocky islands, and the famous Inverewe Garden overlooking Loch Ewe and to the west Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to pine martens, wildcats, buzzards and golden eagles as well as the unique shape of Stac Pollaidh one of the most photographed hills in this area.