The Affric Kintail Way has been created by linking a number of rights of way, forest trails and footpaths that have existed in some cases for centuries. These have been waymarked with our logo (see left) on finger posts and trail heads along the route and incorporated into what we feel will be one of the most satisfying long distance trails in the country.
On the website we have broken down the Affric Kintail Way into four (roughly!) equal stages in terms of distance but of course how it is tackled and how long it takes is down to the individual. We recommend the Affric Kintail Way is traversed from east to west i.e. starting at Drumnadrochit for several reasons - you will have the sun at your back for a good bit of the day, the ascent is much more gradual and Drumnadrochit & Cannich offer a greater opportunity for picking up supplies en route.
Surfaces on the Affric Kintail Way are generally very good. Much of the route is on forest tracks but there are sections where it will be wet underfoot and quite rough - these will be especially tricky for the cyclist! There is also a section on public road (Corrimony - Cannich) but there is a good verge that hopefully will not be allowed to get too overgrown.
We also hope that those who come to travel the Affric Kintail Way will perhaps extend their trip by taking advantage of what is available in the surrounding area from the Monster Exhibitions and Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness to Munro bagging in Glen Affric and the superb Kintail mountains and other great attractions such as the Falls of Glomach and Eilan Donan Castle.
Walkers must be properly shod and prepared for the terrain over which they travel, and should have planned their trip beforehand. The weather can change quite dramatically even over short sections of the AKW so waterproof clothing should be carried at all times together with ample refreshments. Walking poles are also advisable to help maintain balance and reduce the impact on your legs, knees, ankles and feet.
Drumnadrochit Tourist Information Centre
Drumnadrochit is situated on the A82 trunk road by the shores of Loch Ness some 15 miles from Inverness and 50 miles from Fort William. The Affric Kintail Way starts at the Loch Ness Hub (former Tourist Information Centre) in the heart of the village where there is a good sized car park (no charges but donations welcome) and public toilets. The nearest train station is at Inverness and regular bus services operate from there and Fort William. Travellers relying on public transport should note that timetables are seasonal and some services are restricted on public holidays and weekends. Services also often depending upon school term times so if you are travelling by public transport be sure to fully check the details with the relevant operator.
National Trust for Scotland Countryside Centre Morvich
The western end of the Affric Kintail Way is at the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) Countryside Centre at Morvich. By car leave the A87 Invergarry (36 miles) - Kyle of Lochalsh (15 miles) trunk road at Allt a' Chruin taking the secondary road for roughly 1.5 miles to the NTS Centre. There is a small car park at the centre - no fixed charges but there is a donations box towards upkeep. Again there is no railway station close by the nearest being Kyle of Lochalsh. There are regular bus services between Skye and Inverness & Fort William. Travellers by bus alight at Allt a' Chruin.