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Transfer to Loch Laide and walk to Inverness

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Take a private transfer to Loch Laide (15 min) from where you will follow parts of the Abriachan Trails, Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal into Inverness. 
moderate
Distance 20 km
5:15 h
79 m
336 m
341 m
6 m

Savour the peace and tranquillity of the dramatic highland landscape as you begin by walking along the Abriachan Trails, joining the Caledonian Canal and passing quaint cottages. Follow lush river side paths into the bustling city of Inverness, as you walk back into the city the views northward to the Beauly Firth are simply stunning. The River Ness passes through the heart of the city; lined with traditional townhouses and punctuated by Inverness' imposing hilltop castle. 

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From the path you are rewarded great views of Inverness Castle, and an Iron age fort can be seen crowning the wooded peak of Craig Phadraig. Upstream there is St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the first British cathedral since the Reformation, and looking westward you may note the statue of Flora MacDonald, who assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie on his escape following the Jacobite uprising. 
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Catherine Allan
Update: July 07, 2021
Difficulty
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Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
6 m
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Safety information

The Abriachan Trails are popular mountain biking trails. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings and step aside to allow fellow-trail users to pass.  

Tips and hints

  

Points of Interest 

Inverness Castle

The castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland. The red sandstone structure, displaying an early castellated style, is the work of a few nineteenth-century architects. There has been a castle on this site for many centuries. In April 2017 the north tower of the castle was opened to the public as a viewpoint. Admission Information can be found here:  https://www.highlifehighland.com/invernesscastleviewpoint/admission/ 

 

Food and Drink

Many accommodations in Inverness will provide a packed lunch with prior notice. There are many shops, supermarkets and bakeries in Inverness that may also assist with food supplies. Inverness is also well served by outdoor clothing and equipment retailers that stock any last-minute necessities that may be required. 

 

Useful Links:

http://www.explore-inverness.com/what-to-do/castles-great-places/ 

 

Start

Loch Laide (277 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NH 54145 35671
DD
57.388016, -4.428168
DMS
57°23'16.9"N 4°25'41.4"W
UTM
30V 414150 6361480
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Destination

Inverness

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

Your transfer will drop you off at Loch Laide. From Loch Laide follow a minor road for a few miles before branching off through the forest at Blackfold and following the Abriachan Trails before reaching a section of the Great Glen Way. The Great Glen Way is well-signposted so you shouldn't have any issues finding the way. 

From Blackfold the descent towards Inverness and the Moray Firth begins. Rejoin the Caledonian Canal 1 mile before the end of the Great Glen Way. The Way turns right follows the River Ness into the centre of Inverness and Inverness Castle, which marks the end of your day on the trail. 

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NH 54145 35671
DD
57.388016, -4.428168
DMS
57°23'16.9"N 4°25'41.4"W
UTM
30V 414150 6361480
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weather; hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof layer are all required, along with sun protection. Walking shoes may be better than boots for this section, as there are long sections on paved paths and forestry tracks. 

Walking poles are not necessary on this walk with only minor ascents and descents, but you can bring them along if they are part of your standard walking equipment.  

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, we recommend bringing a rechargeable battery pack. 


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
79 m
Descent
336 m
Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
6 m
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