Glen Affric & Loch Ness walking

Duration:
6 days, 7 nights
Transport:
Minibus
Tour Type:
Guided Walking holiday
Group size:
2 - 6
Location:

£1,270.00

Glen Affric has been described as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of Scottish Nature Conservation. Home to the third largest area of native Caledonian Pinewoods in Scotland, it is for many the epitome of West Highland splendour. The dark lochs surrounded by noble Scots Pines and cradled amongst high peaks are classic Highland splendour. The whole area is subject to a whole host of nature conservation designations. It’s no wonder when its home to over 1300 different species of plants, animals and fungi!

Here there is NNR status (National Nature Reserve) and the area is home to many native species of Scotland. Trees for Life have played an important part in re-establishing the Caledonian forests and a wide range of habitats for the native mammals, birds and flora of the Highlands.

Glen Affric was part of the Clan Chisholm lands from the 15th to the mid 19th centuries. Life would have been hard, families depending mainly on subsistence farming, on a poor soil, for their survival. The glen was massively affected by the Highland Clearances and also played a part in the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the battle of Culloden so it is not only important for its stunning scenery and nature but also for the history. You can still see the evidence of many settlements down the glen.

 

HIGHLIGHTS
5 days guided hiking
7 nights accommodation: at Corrimony Holiday Houses
1 day to rest or enjoy the local area
Delicious home cooked meals making the most of local produce
pick up/drop off at Aviemore station or Inverness airport
transport to the walks

Discount:
Departure:
  • September 10, 2022


ITINERARY

Day of Arrival:

Aim to be in Boat of Garten by 4pm or Inverness by 4.30pm for pick up on the way to our accommodation in Corrimony.
If you can’t arrange transport on the day, those travelling by train or car may find this an issue, you can travel up the day before and stop over with us at Fraoch Lodge. Please contact us in advance to arrange this. Then you’ll at least have the chance to stretch your legs on some local walks after breakfast before the drive north.

Day 1:
We ease ourselves into the week by doing a magnificent circuit around beautiful Loch Affric. Starting in Native pine woods the route makes a gentle climb to views down to the loch and across to the glen before dropping down to loch level and increasingly open moorland scenery.

17km on tracks and good footpaths, 343m of gentle ascent. Approximately 6 hours of walking excluding breaks, photo stops, etc.

Day 2:
Our aim for the day is the Graham of Meall Fuar-mhonaidh (699m) perched high above Loch Ness. This distinctive landmark commands stunning views down into the great trench of the Great Glen and onto Loch Ness. For the geologists amongst you it has the distinction of being composed of the most elevated Old Red Sandstone rocks in the country!

9km, 516m of ascent on mountain and woodland paths. Approximately 4 hours of walking excluding breaks.

Day 3:

Our sights are set on one of the easier Munro’s in the area, that of Toll Creagach (1054m). Commanding a grandstand view down onto Loch Mullardoch to the north and Glen Affric to the south, it’s the most easterly a 14 km chain of Munros.

15km on tracks and mountain paths with some rough walking with 897m of ascent. Approximately 6:15 of walking excluding breaks.

Day 4:

Is a non-guided, do-as-you-please rest day. Either chill out at the house, visit Beauly or traverse from Plodda Falls in your own time back to our accommodation at Corrimony – the choice is entirely yours.

Optional Plodda falls to Corrimony Traverse:
18km and 410m of ascent on hill and woodland tracks. Approximately 5:30 of walking excluding breaks, photo stops, etc.

Day 5:

The Corbett of Sgurr na Diollaid (818m), is a fine rocky peak that sits high above the lower reaches of Glen Cannich and Glen Strathfarra. Being somewhat separate from the main mountain chain this hill commands some of the finest views of the area as you look north and west to the high Munros of Strathfarrar, Loch Mullardoch and Glen Affric.

This is a 10.3km hill walk on rough terrain involving 744m of ascent and about 5hrs of walking excluding breaks etc.

Day 6:

Beinn a’ Bhathaich Ard (862m) is another hill set back from the main ranges that provides excellent views out across the lower glens, moorlands and sea to the east and south and back across to the west and north to the munro peaks. The route provides a lovely high level horseshoe walk with contrasting vistas.

15km and 922m of ascent on mountain paths and a little rough terrain. Approximately 6:15 of walking excluding breaks, etc

Wet/bad weather alternative:

Dog Falls, illicit Still (remains) and Tomich circuit in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. 18km and 619mm of generally gentle ascent on footpaths and woodland tracks.

Approximately 6:30 of walking excluding breaks, etc.

Day of Departure:

breakfast with us at Corrimony before we transfer you on to your train/flight/bus to return home with best wishes for a pleasant journey. Hoping to see you again on a return visit to Scotland.

YOUR HOSTS
Both Andrew and Rebecca have travelled widely. Andrew’s mountaineering experience of the last 30 years is complemented by a number of independent expeditions to such places as the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan, the Indian Himalaya, the Alps, Mount Kenya and the High Atlas of Morocco.
Rebecca has trekked extensively in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in Taiwan and travelled throughout Asia. She brings her knowledge of global cuisines to the preparation of her highly regarded and creative menus.

YOUR ACCOMMODATION
The Old Stables (Corrimony) was a conversion completed in 2007 to provide self catering accommodation for large groups of up to 10 people.

The Old Stable is set on the edge of a working farm set adjacent to the Corrimony RSPB Nature Reserve in Glenurquhart, near Loch Ness. An ideal base for a holiday from which to explore the magical Scottish Highlands, or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area.

We take over the Old Stables completely as our based for the week. It has 5 bedrooms and Rebecca will be there to provide the catering.

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