Introduction to the Affric Kintail Way
The Affric Kintail Way is a superb cross-country route from Drumnadrochit on the banks of Loch Ness, to Morvich on the west coast. We extend the route to a 5-day, 62 mile, coast-to-coast walk by beginning in Inverness and following the Great Glen Way south to Drumnadrochit on our first day. We then follow the Affric Kintail Way for the remaining 4 days to Morvich. This trail works its way westwards through the stunning Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, taking us to some of the most remote places on any of our treks. On night 5 we will stay at the Glen Affric Youth Hostel (Alltbeithe) in the heart of Glen Affric, before our final day's trekking through the Kintail mountains to Morvich. A unique trek, different to anything else we have on offer and with only moderate distances of walking on most days it is an achievable adventure for many.
Highlights of the Affric Kintail Way
- The chance to complete a unique coast to coast trek across Scotland
- Starting from the impressive Inverness Castle
- The 4000 year old Corrimony chambered cairn
- The panoramic Glen Affric Viewpoint
- Walking through the beautiful Glen Affric National Nature Reserve
- A night in the remote and off-grid Glen Affric Youth Hostel
- Emerging through a mountain pass into Morvich in the shadow of the Five Sisters of Kintail
What's Included with this Holiday
- A qualified Mountain Leader on each day of the trek
- A Trek Manager to support the group
- An Affric Kintail Way Information Pack
- All accommodation in B&Bs, and one night in a hostel
- Breakfast for all but your hostel stay
- Luggage transfer (except for your hostel stay)
- Maximum group size of 7
- Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
- Free transport from Morvich back to Inverness if required
- Free pick up from and drop off to Inverness train station
Is the Affric Kintail Way Right For Me?
The Affric Kintail Way is walked on a mix of mainly good forestry tracks and trails, with some rough and wetter sections to negotiate. The first day is the longest at 18 miles and is on good paths, but the others are much shorter and the total of 62 miles is split over 5 days of walking. You will be accommodated in B&Bs apart from one night where we will stay in a remote hostel. You will need to carry an overnight pack including a sleeping bag and your food for two days (2x lunch, 1x breakfast & 1x dinner). Our 4th day walking is into the hostel and is our shortest day at 8.5 miles. Cooking facilities are available there. Going without life’s luxuries is well worth it for a stay in this amazing location. This is suitable for walkers with a reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure.
Affric Kintail Way Guided Walking Itinerary
Each day you will be guided along the Affric Kintail Way to the next B&B/hostel. There is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your B&B/hostel in the evening. This trek is slightly different from our others; on day 5 you will be walking into a remote hostel and will need to carry extra food and overnight provisions. For days 2, 3 and 4 you will only need to carry your day pack. Everything else will be transported to your next B&B for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!
Day 1: Arrive in Inverness
This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to Inverness. We will have a B&B arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train or bus to Inverness and would like a lift to your B&B this can usually be arranged - just let us know. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.
Day 2: Walking to Drumnadrochit
Today we walk to Drumnadrochit (the official start of the Affric Kintail Way), heading south from Inverness Castle on the Great Glen Way. If you have done the Great Glen Way already this is the final day in reverse. The walk will total 18 miles on mainly good track and some minor road sections. We will pass the highest point on the Great Glen Way at 380m, and total 500m of ascent during the day. Your accommodation will await your arrival in Drumnadrochit.
Day 3: Walking to Cannich
Today we will walk 13.5 miles and begin the Affric Kintail Way proper. For the most part we will be on well maintained forestry tracks, with some farmland sections, before finishing on the road. A short detour to a 4000 year old chambered cairn is well worth it.
Day 4: Walking to the River Affric
12 miles of walking today takes us into the beautiful Glen Affric Nature Reserve. We will pass Dog Falls, walk alongside Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin and take in the views of the mountains from the Glen Affric Viewpoint. We will end our day where Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin meets Loch Affric.
Day 5: Walking to Alltbeithe
Today is only 8.5 miles but remember you will be carrying your overnight kit. We will walk on reasonable tracks and trails into the glen leaving the forest behind. Mountain scenery is all around as you arrive at the wonderfully situated Glen Affric Youth Hostel.
Accommodation Glen Affric Youth Hostel
Day 6: Walking to Morvich
Your final day's walk will take you through the mountains to arrive on the west coast of Scotland and complete your coast-to-coast journey. The trail is 11 miles long today and the tracks a bit rougher at times. But, the scenery is fantastic and your way flanked on one side by Beinn Fhada and by the Five Sisters of Kintail on the other. You will complete the Affric Kintail Way in Morvich where you can walk into you accommodation for a well earned rest.
Day 7: Depart Morvich
On your final day we will pick you up from your B&B and drive back to Inverness. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours and we will arrive back in Inverness in the late morning.
Affric Kintail Way Accommodation Options
Bed & Breakfast
The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.
Hostels are used where necessary to complete the trek. This basic shared accommodation will always be well equipped to help you have a comfortable stay. Where possible we will book private rooms for our groups. When this option is not available beds will be single/bunk in single sex dorms. Cooking facilities are available but breakfast is not included.
Dates & Prices
The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.
|Date of Trek||Availability|
|Saturday 12th June 2021 to Friday 18th June 2021||Spaces|
No Suitable Date?
If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.
If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.
We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2021 in the spring of 2020. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.
Price for Bed & Breakfast:
The price of this trip is £899 per person (based on two sharing).
To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.
If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £899.
If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £20 per night single supplement (£120 in total).
How to Book
Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.
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What Happens Once you Have Booked
Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.