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Affric Kintail Way

Affric Kintail Way

Postby Walkscot » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:12 pm

Route description: Affric Kintail Way

Date walked: 11/03/2017

Time taken: 2 days

Distance: 71 km

Ascent: 1597m

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Finished work on the Friday afternoon and got the 17.40 Citylink Gold bus from Glasgow to Inverness and got a cheap B&B in the town centre. Up early next morning to catch the 7.28 bus to Drumnadrochit and started the walk at 8am.

Day 1 - Drumnadrochit to River Affric Car Park, 25.75 miles Saturday 11 March 2017

The start just outside the community centre.

Quickly after leaving Drumnadrochit you head into the woods.

Nice forest track

Getting warmer

Open outlook to the glen below

A lot of trees have been felled

Approaching Shenval and just before you get to walk the road

On the road - not nice!

At the entrance of Cannich. Visited the Spar shop here and got a Steak Slice and a pint of milk.

Headed uphill out of Cannich and into the forest again for a long walk to Dog Falls.

At the car park at Dog Falls

Feeling the heat here. Sat with my back to the sun to dry my T shirt

Up and off again through the forest once again but closer to the water so giving better views but I didn't take any pictures until I reached the end of the loch and my camp spot for the night.

View over the River Affric. My camp spot.

Tent and my own picnic bench for the night

The sunset just after 6pm

Day 2 - River Affric Car Park to Morvich, 19 miles followed by 2.5 miles to Shiel Bridge, Sunday 12 March 2017

Got up just before 6am after a very quiet and peaceful night and got set off just before 6.30.

The sun lighting up the hills as I leave the car park

Approaching Athnamulloch at the end of Loch Affric

Athnamulloch ahead - a few buildings.

Early morning break in the sunshine at Alltbeithe YH. The building at the rear has an emergency shelter area which is always open all year.

Glad there was a sign here!!

Approaching Camban Bothy. Went in for a wee seat and left a note in the visitors book.

Heading further west and it's getting wet but more atmospheric.


Sitting in the shelter at the side of Glenlicht House to change my socks after slipping in the river just 20 yards before the house. Felt like I have new slippers on for the last part of the walk out.

The end at Morvich

Some goats on the beach at Loch Duich on the walk to Shiel Bridge

Walked on out to Shiel Bridge Bus Shelter to get the 16.49 bus back to Glasgow. Should have arrived back at 22.13 but there was an accident in Glencoe and the traffic was stopped in both directions for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Got back to Glasgow just before 1am and my daughter picked me up.

My first time on this walk although I had walked from Alltbeithe to Morvich before about 10 years ago on a version of the Cape Wrath Trail. Overall it was a very nice spring weekend and very very mild. I did speak to an old gent in Cannich who said that he couldn't ever remember a winter as mild as this one.
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