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Drumnadrochit to Cannich

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  • Marker at 1.3km
    / Marker at 1.3km
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  • / Viewpoint at 2.4km
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  • / View looking north at 3.9km
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  • / Sign post at 7.3km
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  • / Cannich
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  • / Shenval at 12.9km
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An enthralling walk through well managed woodlands out into open farmland with glimpses of the mountains to come.
Très difficile
Distance 21,9 km
5:35 h.
419 m
388 m
257 m
35 m
Commencing with a walk up into the well managed woodlands of Craigmonie woods, the path now follows the Affric Kintail Way.  Way marked by a symbol of a black and white rising sun over mountain peaks, the trail initially leads you through a diverse forest environment of exotic and native species.  A few relatively steep ascents through the trees allows splendid views back down to Urquhart Bay and Loch Ness before the trail enters the quiet of the conifer plantations.  Coming out into open ground with views over Glen Urquhart the trail continues through the small village of Shenval and further forest tracks as the Affric mountains come into view ahead. A section of road walking completes the day leading down into the friendly village of Cannich, complete with a fine stand of native Scots Pine.

Note de l'auteur

A real highlight are the woodlands of Craigmonie at the start of the walk, which provide a real opportunity to become familiar with the forest flora and fauna local to the region. There are facilities to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch, but as there are no shops en route it is necessary to purchase either a packed lunch from your accommodation or stock up for the day a shop in Drumnadrochit. There are small supermarkets in the village for both food and drinks.

For evening dining, there is one public house/restaurant in Cannich, the Slater's Arms. Advance booking is necessary for evening dining here and while the Cannich accommodation can kindly assist with making a reservation, calling ahead would be advised.

A small 'Spar' supermarket is present in Cannich that often has maps for sale, along with other small essentials including blister remedies and packed lunch supplies.

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Mise à jour: 29.03.2019
Très difficile
Niveau physique
Point le plus élevé
257 m
Point le plus bas
35 m
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Consignes de sécurité

The descents and ascents through the woodlands at the start of the walk can be steep and slippery after rain. The final section of the walk is along a relatively quiet but fast road. Extra care should be taken while following the 6km of road to Cannich, utilising the right verge facing oncoming traffic.

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

The Tourist Information Centre in Drumnadrochit at the starting point is great for obtaining a free 'Craigmonie and Balmacaan Wood' trail leaflet. The staff are also on hand to provide information.

Book ahead to reserve dining at the Slater's Arms in Cannich.

If you arrive in Cannich when the 'Spar' supermarket is still open, it may be prudent to purchase anything required for the following day that evening. This is due to the fact that they do not have a sandwich delivery every day and stocks may be low.

Some useful sites:



Drumnadrochit - Tourist Information centre (35 m)
Coordonnées :
OS Grid
NH 50817 29910
57.335233, -4.479987
57°20'06.8"N 4°28'48.0"W
30V 410907 6355672


Cannich Village centre


0.00km - Starting with back to Tourist Information centre, TURN RIGHT onto main road and walk STRAIGHT ON.

0.34km - TURN RIGHT along Pitkerrald Road following signs for Craigmonie Woodland and Affric Kintail Way.

0.54km - BEAR LEFT at fork in road at sign for Craigmonie Woodland. Walk STRAIGHT ON up hill.

0.74km - Walk STRAIGHT ON following sign for Craigmonie Woodland.

0.95km - TURN RIGHT up hill following sign for Affric Kintail Way. BEAR RIGHT following signs for Craigmonie.

1.00km - Follow post marked red and green and Affric Kintail sign.

1.10km - BEAR RIGHT following red and green marker.

1.30km - BEAR RIGHT following green marker and Affric Kintail sign.

1.60km - BEAR RIGHT following green markers and Affric Kintail sign. Steep ascents ahead.

2.40km - There is a view point on left with views over Milton. Re-join main path here after enjoying view.

2.40km - TURN RIGHT following signs for Coiltie Loop and Affric Kintail.

3.20km - TURN RIGHT onto main track sign posted Corrimony.

3.80km - Footpath turns to hard packed stone logging trail. Walk STRAIGHT ON.

7.90km - Go through metal gate and walk STRAIGHT ON with picnic area on left.

8.00km - TURN LEFT through car park at sign marked 'Shenval 3 miles/Corrimony 4 miles'. Continue STRAIGHT ON through metal gate.

8.30km - Walk STRAIGHT ON over cattle grid.

11.40km - Walk STRAIGHT ON at crossroads and follow sign for Corrimony.

11.90km - TURN RIGHT downhill at sign for Corrimony and Affric Kintail.

12.20km - BEAR LEFT at bottom of hill following sign to Corrimony.

12.50km - Go through gate at sign for Corrimony and BEAR LEFT along path.

12.90km - Cross small bridge and go through metal gate and walk STRAIGHT ON passing houses of Shenval village. Follow sign for Corrimony and Affric Kintail and walk STRAIGHT ON.

13.20km - Walk STRAIGHT ON across road at junction and enter forest track through metal gate signposted for Corrimony and Affric Trail.

14.40km - BEAR RIGHT downhill at sign for Corrimony and Affric Kintail.

14.60km - Go through metal gate and TURN RIGHT on road and cross bridge.

14.80km - TURN LEFT on main road and follow Affric Kintail sign. Walk STRAIGHT ON along main road to Cannich. Take care and keep to verge on right facing oncoming traffic.

21.00km - BEAR RIGHT following road over bridge into Cannich.

21.30km - Arrive Cannich Village Hall. You may then carry on to specific overnight accommodation in Cannich.


Toutes les notes sur les zones naturelles


OS Grid
NH 50817 29910
57.335233, -4.479987
57°20'06.8"N 4°28'48.0"W
30V 410907 6355672
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Waterproof boots with good ankle support are a must. Waterproof and windproof clothing is of course also a necessity, with gloves and hat to keep out the cold in the exposed upland landscape. Walking poles will assist on the ascents and descents. Midge repellent for the Summer months should provide some respite from the ubiquitous flying insects

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5:35 h.
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419 m
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388 m
Point le plus élevé
257 m
Point le plus bas
35 m


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