Nessie, the legendary monster, has made Loch Ness the most famous of all Scotland's lochs; at twenty three miles long it is the second largest lake in Britain by area. Its great depth, however, means it holds several times more water than its nearest rival, Loch Lomond. There are many shorter and beautiful woodland walks on either side of the loch. Further north, Glenurquhart is the gateway to the magnificent pinewood-clad Glen Affric - Scotland's most beautiful glen. This is a wonderful area of the Highlands for walkers, having the highest mountains north of the Great Glen but also some splendid lower level and forest walks.
To the east is the fertile Black Isle, packed with beautiful villages and some fine beaches, whilst further north still is Dingwall, a gateway to the Northern Highlands.