7 DAYS WALKING / 8 OVERNIGHT STAYS

All walking tours should only be tackled if you are a fit walker with well worn in boots and this itinerary is at a more leisurely pace which involves your longest walking day of just over 14 miles/22.5 km. The shortest last day will allow you some time to spend in the Highland Capital of Inverness in the afternoon

 Day 1

Travel to Inverness With the option of the bus, train or plane, you arrive into the Highland Capital of Inverness ready to start your challenge!

Day 2

Inverness to Dores

(10 miles/16 km)

Starting at Inverness Castle you have a small amount of road walking before heading through the woods of Torbreck. You then cross farmland and up on to a lovely stretch of moorland leading to the forest and down into the picturesque village of Dores on the banks of Loch Ness

Day 3

Dores to Foyers

(13.25 miles/21.25 km)

A short distance of road walking before heading into the woods where you will soon rise to view a spectacular vista of Loch Ness. You will then be warmed up for the traverse over the Fair Haired Lad’s Pass, again with great views before descending all the way down to the tiny village of Inverfarigaig. From there you follow an interesting forest walk which winds its way through the woods into the village of Foyers with the spectacular Falls of Foyers

Day 4

Foyers to Fort Augustus

(14.25 miles/23 km)

An easy start to the day through fields and farmland on your way to Whitebridge. The next section is more challenging with a short climb up to the fine viewpoint of Suidhe Chuimein. You then start to gain superb views of Loch Tarff and the surrounding mountains before descending past the loch and then an easy stretch of road walking takes you downhill into Fort Augustus

Day 5

Fort Augustus to Invermoriston

(9.5 miles/15.25 km)

On this short walking day, it is recommended that you leave later and use the morning to explore Fort Augustus and perhaps take a boat trip out onto the loch.  Upon departing the village, you start the first real climb but you are rewarded with breathtaking views across Loch Ness on your way to Invermoriston

Day 6

Invermoriston to Drumnadrochit

(14 miles/22.5 km)

A steep climb out of the village through the forest with the chance of spotting some red squirrel.  More dramatic views are in store as you make your way to the crafting community of Grotaig. A quiet minor road is followed high above Loch Ness before you descend into the bustling village of Drumnadrochit

Day 7

Drumnadrochit to Blackfold

(12.5 miles/20 km)

Another steep climb awaits you not far out of Drumnadrochit but the views of Loch Ness are worth it!  You soon pass by the hill crafting community of Abriachan and then the tiny settlement of Blackfold. You are then transferred back to Drumnadrochit for your second overnight stay

Day 8

Blackfold to Inverness

(7.5 miles/12 km)

After you are transferred back to Blackfold, you have an enchanting walk through old Caledonian Pine forest which leads you to the outskirts of Inverness. A gradual descent takes you onto the Caledonian Canal with a superb finish along Ness Islands and on to the imposing figure of Inverness Castle for the finish

Extra Nights/Rest Days: many people take an extra night at the stage of Drumnadrochit which offers a range of sightseeing activities from the famous Urquhart Castle to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre.  The capital city of Inverness offers a host of opportunities from a visit to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, the famous Culloden Battlefield or a boat trip to watch dolphins on the Moray Firth!

Price of Package: £630.00 per person (based on two persons sharing)

Included:

+ Eight overnight stays in selected quality b&bs/guest houses with ensuite facilities

+ Full Scottish breakfast

+ Baggage transfer from stage to stage

+ Transfers between the stage of Blackfold and Drumnadrochit (there is no accommodation at Blackfold)

+ Great Glen Way Harvey Map

+ South Loch Ness Trail Harvey Map

+ Route notes for Inverness to Torbreck

+ South Loch Ness Heritage Group Booklet

+ Comprehensive tour pack with full information on your walk including location details for your accommodations and local facilities

+ The services of the Gemini Team prior to and during your holiday

Not Included:

-  Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks (available at all stages)

– Transport to/from Fort Augustus or Inverness

– Travel Insurance (we recommend that you arrange your own cover)

Notes:

Additional overnight stays can be arranged at a cost of £45.00 to £50.00 per person per night

Single supplement for solo walkers is £45.00 per night

Single supplement for singles as part of a group is £35.00 per night

Please note that, upon the actual booking of rooms, we will do our very best to try and reduce the single or solo walkers’ supplement. This will be dependent on availability of rooms at the time of booking

Group Discounts for 4 or more people available on request