'A selection of some of the popular walks in the area': 22 Entries. (And see also Local Walking Guides: 'Let someone lead the way.')
Mountain Walks [Glencoe Scotland]
'Lochaber Geopark Association has created a series of Geotrail Leaflets to help you find out more about the variety of geology in the area and see a different side to the scenery ... Lochaber is well known as the home of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. But did you know that Lochaber's dramatic Highland landscape also contains some of the most outstanding natural features in Scotland?'
'Walks in one of the best hill-walking areas on the planet. Our walks programme contains a mixture of classic Lochaber hill-walks, such as the Ring of Steall or the Five Sisters of Kintail, and less well-known outings.'
Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire
'The Isle of Skye is a walkers' paradise. From family walks on the spectacular coastline to dramatic scrambles in the Cuillin mountains, the most challenging in Britain, the island provides fantastic walking for everyone.
Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, Inverness-shire
'Be prepared is a very sensible approach to life so I would not suggest anyone attempting this walk without careful planning but even with the top in cloud and a section of the path covered in snow it was impossible to get lost ...'
Dalraddy, Kincraig, Inverness-shire
'From Dalraddy to Ruthven near Kingussie, the Badenoch Way winds through native woodland offering magnificent views of Highland glens, mountains, and rivers, with diverse wildlife abundant, including red squirrel, osprey, swans & deer.'
'The area around the Caledonian Canal is superb walking country. With breathtaking scenery and so much wildlife, there is always something to enjoy. Take a relaxing stroll along the towpath, hike the Great Glen Way long distance route, or climb Britain's highest mountain. Watch the Great Glen Ways video and you will be persuaded!'
The Caledonian Canal Walks [Explore Inverness]
Banavie, Fort William, Inverness-shire
The Cape Wrath Trail [Walkhighlands]
'For a longer cross-country walk, based here in Newtonmore, the Corrieyairack has everything, from the gentle meanderings of the upper River Spey, through the pass itself amid high rolling moorland, and down by the side of Glen Tarff to the A82 near Fort Augustus.'
Fort William, Inverness-shire
'At Fassfern, there is ample parking by the stone bridge on the old road. From here, the route is signposted on the east bank of the burn and is waymarked through the forest on to the open ground of Gleann Suileag ... Despite the proximity to the public road, this area gives a great feeling of isolation.'
Around and About Cannich, Inverness-shire
'The Glens surrounding Strathglass are a walker's paradise offering some of the most spectacular routes in the Scottish Highlands. While many visitors come to climb the Munros, those wishing less strenuous walks are well catered for by a combination of forest tracks and old stalker's paths.'
Parking spot, on road northwest of Newtonmore, Inverness-shire
'This path is a very old road linking Badenoch with upper Speyside. It must have been used for hundreds of years as there are ruined townships located throughout the area ...'
Fort William, Inverness-shire
'Spans 79 miles/127km between Fort William and Inverness, can be walked in 5-6 days, staying overnight in the various communities within the Glen.'
Great Glen Way [Highland Council]
Locations and brief descriptions of about two dozen heritage sites around and about Inverness. However the original Link has disappeared so I have replaced it with one from Explore Inverness.
'The range of walks vary from easy, short walks through picturesque woodland, to more challenging and remote areas for half-day and day treks into the hills. We hope that you enjoy some that we have recommended, and many others that are available in this part of Scotland.'
'Welcome to Kingussie, the capital of Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a small, lively town right beside the famous river Spey in the midst of the glorious Cairngorms National Park and almost exactly in the centre of Scotland!'
'Moidart, Ardnamurchan and the surrounding areas offer some of the most scenic, diverse and interesting walking landscapes in the Highlands. There are walks to suit all tastes, interests and fitness levels. Whether you are walking to spot wildlife, aiming to climb a Corbett or Munroe, challenging yourself on a long distance trek, seeking a deserted beach or abandoned settlement, taking a historical or geological tour, or just looking for a gentle stroll, the region has it all.'
'This a part of General Wade's Road from Dunkeld to Inverness built between 1728 and 1730 - 102 miles long in total. Further sections of this lengthy Military Road which are described on the Heritage Paths website are the stretch via Old Blair, that via the Slochd and the Old Edinburgh Road from Moy to Inverness.'
Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire
'Challenging unofficial route through the island aimed at experienced hillwalkers - takes in some of the very best of the island - and that means the UK's finest landscapes.'
Loch Tarff, near Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire
'The trail stretches for approximately 28 miles between Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness via Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores.'
'This is the original route through Glen Affric which fell into disuse when the present public road on the north side of the River Affric through Chisholm's Pass was made in the 19th century. It is shown on Roy's map of 1755 as Road from Kintail to Inverness ...
'The original route on the south side of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin is now very difficult to pass due to forestry. Some intrepid surveyors have managed to hack their way through and poles were placed along the route some years ago, but these are unlikely to be easy to find. However it is a great shame that the whole of this path is ignored for the difficulty in passing a relatively short stretch. The views are apparently far better than those of the shoreside path.'
'This route from Strathfarrar via Glen Cannich to Strathglass is known to be part of the long distance drove route from Poolewe and Wester Ross to the Corrieyairack Pass and beyond.'
'The Culloden Walk is a striking feature leading up to the new Visitor Centre. Many supporters have joined the Walkway and with over 1200 stones sold the Culloden Walk has been a valued addition to our fundraising program. The Culloden Stones are made from the finest quality Caithness stone, quarried from the north of Scotland. Each Stone is individually engraved and hand finished with an appropriate message to commemorate anniversaries, special occasions or loved ones. These Stones will last for many years to come and allow a strong bond with one of the most significant battlefield sites in history.'
Culloden [Forestry Commission Scotland]
'This long route was used for centuries by cattle thieves making their way south and west from the Central Highlands. It passes by two of the great mountains in Scotland, Ben Alder and Ben Nevis, and heads over the northern edge of Rannoch Moor.'
Note The 'route survey is at least 15 years old, so we would be grateful to anyone who supplies us with an updated version'.
'Vision ...to identify a 50-mile sustainable loop route which would provide stunning views and varied terrain for walkers and riders alike and to eventually waymark it. Landowners and managers were contacted to gain their views on the project, most of which were favourable. Some negotiations have taken place and this vision is now nearing fruition. '
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