|Track length:||24.62 km|
|Total ascent:||250 m|
|Total descent:||505 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
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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In Scotland, you can participate in a variety of high-adrenaline and adventure sports. This country is an all-year-round playground for outdoor activities. The spring and summer months have mild weather and long days of light, which makes them ideal for hiking, biking, water sports, and other types of adventurous activities. Coastal & Water Activities, Walking, Mountaineering & Rock Climbing, Outdoor Centres to suite every age and ability, Forest & Land Activities, Cycling & Mountain Biking, Snow sports & Winter Activities to Wildlife Watching, Sightseeing Day Tours, Food & Drink Experiences, Multi-Day Cruises,
Then, Autumn and Winter give lengthy nights with no light pollution, the black dark skies offer stargazing with no light pollution, and the snow-capped mountains are capable of competing with some of the top winter locations around.
The Great Glen Way travels through a public right of way. The city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, is located approximately 15 miles to the north of the Great Glen Way. Inverness is home to numerous commercial, educational, retail, and service establishments, in addition to a bustling mainline railway station and an international airport.
You can learn more about the history, myths, and mysteries surrounding Loch Ness at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, which is located in the village of Drumnadrochit. Loch Ness is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in Scotland, as it plunges to a depth of over 260 metres (over 800 feet). It is also the largest string of lochs along the Great Glen.
Take a boat ride on the Loch if you book at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. The boat will take you out to the deepest point of Loch Ness, show you the marker posts used by John Cobb during his water speed record attempt, tell you all the secrets of Urquhart Castle, and of course tell you about the shy monster. If you book at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, you can take a boat ride on the Loch.
You may also take a boat tour on Loch Ness from the harbour at the Clansman Hotel, as well as the new pier at Dochgarroch, which is located just outside of Inverness and is where the sightseeing bus departs each day during the summer.
Hiking is a popular activity among both tourists and locals because of the breathtaking vistas that can be seen from various places along the trail.
Depending on your level of fitness, the Great Glen Way can be completed in about seven days, while the Loch Ness Trail encircles the loch for approximately 80 miles.
You need to keep an eye out for way-markers as you make your way up the short path that leads to the beginning of the 'Craigmonie Woodland Trails' trailhead from Drumnadrochit.
There are several tough areas that require stamina and experience in order to complete the trip. Hikers can either work their way up or down the mountain routes depending on their skills and level of experience. You may wish to attempt the Munro's or the Corbett's.
You can get to many different walks and view points from the village of Drumnadrochit. Some of these walks include The falls of Divach, Urquhart Woods, Abriachan Forest Trust,Contin Forest Walk, Glen Urquhart Forest trails and water falls, Allt na Criche, Daviot Woods, Inverfarigaig, Little mill, Boblainy Forest, Daviot Wood, Balmacaan, Plodda Falls, Dog falls, Or
You should be aware that there are seasonal bye laws that came into effect on March 1, 2017, that affect how you can camp in some areas between the months of March and September. If you plan to "wild camp," you should be aware of these laws and check with the local authorities to ensure that you are in compliance with them.
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