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Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

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Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

  • World-famous Loch Ness: wild, beautiful and slightly mysterious
  • Dramatic gorges, brooding lochs, tumbling waterfalls, breathtaking views at every turn
  • Superb bird-spotting: ospreys, red kites, peregrines, buzzards, magnificent golden eagles
  • Red squirrels, red deer, pine martens and even dolphin sightings!
  • Rich Scottish Highlands clan culture and history
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $1085 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Every day from 1 May '18 to 30 Sep '18
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers


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Few places stir the imagination like Loch Ness; a jewel in Scotland's crown and a window to its wild and wistful soul. This is a magical place of undisputed natural beauty, shrouded in mystery and legend, where history and heritage are greatly revered.

Our 6-night self-guided walk explores the remote, southern side of Loch Ness where shady forests, tumbling waterfalls and rolling, heather-clad moors provide a misty backdrop to some of the most spectacular hiking in the Scottish Glens. It's a timeless and kaleidoscopic landscape and the place to visit if you want peace, tranquillity and an 'escape from it all' experience.

The walking is relaxed, with few serious climbs, taking in: the serene Caledonian Canal, a section of the Great Glen Way, pretty Beauly Firth and a wealth of lochs and rivers whose glassy waters mirror the seemingly endless sky. Plant and birdlife are prolific, and there's a high probability of spotting deer too.

The south side of Loch Ness was once the main military route from Fort Augustus to Inverness, and its undiscovered woodland, quiet paths and remote villages are steeped in history. Everywhere you'll be staying has its own unique appeal: a Victorian former mansion; a Highlands country inn; a friendly B&B with direct beach access, and a luxury riverside hotel in the heart of Inverness.

Varied walking following a mixture of woodland paths, country lanes and forest tracks. Some steep, but relatively short, ascents and descents, but a good head for heights is not necessary.

Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Varied walking following a mixture of woodland paths, country lanes and forest tracks. Some steep, but relatively short, ascents and descents, but a good head for heights is not necessary.


Day 1 Arrive in Inverness

Arrive in the wonderful waterside town of Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. (Staying at the Glen Mhor Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 2 The Great Glen Way 13km/8mi/3hr or 19km/12mi/4.5hr

After a transfer this morning, from Inverness to Invergarry, set off along a section of the Great Glen Way, overlooking Loch Oich, to the historic Bridge of Oich. Continue along the Caledonian Canal towpath to Fort Augustus, at the southern tip of Loch Ness. (Staying at The Lovat, Breakfast only)

Day 3 At Fort Augustus

Spend the day in Fort Augustus, walking in the surrounding woodland or taking a boat trip on the world-famous waters of Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle. (Staying at The Lovat, Breakfast only)

Day 4 South Loch Ness Trail to Foyers 17km/10.5mi/5hr

Follow the South Loch Ness Trail with spectacular views of the wild and timeless Highlands. Pass through the village of Whitebridge and on, through shaded forest, to Rabbie Burns' famous Falls of Foyers. (Staying at Craigdarroch Inn, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Foyers to Dores 15km/9.5mi/3.5hr or 19km/12mi/5hr

Head up through the Boleskine woods to Inverfarigaig, with stunning views of the crags of Dun Deardail; from Fair-Haired Lad's Pass down over Loch Ness to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. (Staying at Balachladaich, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Caledonian Canal and The Beauly Firth 15km/9.5mi/4hr

After a short bus ride to Inverness, take in the Ness Islands, ancient Craig Phadrig, the sea locks at Beauly Firth and perhaps even spot some dolphins dancing in the waters! Loop back to Inverness to explore its shops, cafes and castle. (Staying at the Glen Mhor Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Leave Inverness

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

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Set along the tree lined banks of the River Ness in the shadow of Inverness Castle is The Glen Mhor Hotel. The Glen Mhor is a collection of stylish Victorian townhouses situated just minutes' walk from Inverness town centre and railway station and offers classic Highland hospitality. There is a restaurant offering an informal atmosphere and dining inspired by French cuisine. There is also an extensive whiskey collection in the bar.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe King Room Deluxe King Riverside Room Suite
01/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £18 £24 £30

All prices shown above are valid from 17/10/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Deluxe rooms come with either a four poster or a Kingsize bed as well as a large ensuite with either a bath or a monsoon shower. They also occupy better positions within the building, with the majority offering riverside, city or castle views.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 31/05/2018 £51 £101
01/06/2018 - 30/06/2018 £60 £121
01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018 £87 £175
01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018 £93 £186
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £87 £175

All prices shown above are valid from 17/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

The Lovat, Fort Augustus

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The Lovat is an award-winning eco-conscious hotel, situated on the southern tip of Loch Ness. The beautiful Victorian building with authentic decor is located in the loch-side village of Fort Augustus and has a restaurant which, in 2007, was named a Top 10 Restaurant in Scotland by the Press and Journal. It was recently awarded three AA rosettes for culinary excellence.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe Room Super Deluxe Room Master Room Grand Master Room
01/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £26 £46 £60 £95

All prices shown above are valid from 20/11/2017. Prices are per person per night based on 2 sharing. All upgrades are located in the Victorian era main house. The deluxe rooms feature luxurious decor and some have baths. Super deluxe rooms all come with unique furnishings and a super king size bed, while the master rooms feature views over Loch Ness or the Caledonian Canal.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 30/06/2018 £61 £112
01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018 £72 £132
01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018 £79 £146
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £72 £132

All prices shown above are valid from 20/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Craigdarroch Inn, Foyers

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Situated in the village of Foyers on Loch Ness' southern side, surrounded by heather covered hills, sparkling lochs and breath-taking views, with the famous 'Falls of Foyers' waterfall just minutes' walk away. This country inn has a peaceful ambience, with the comfortable feel of a Highland lodge. The public rooms offer spectacular views over Loch Ness; a perfect place to sit, relax and do a spot of Nessie hunting. It's also possible to sample one of the many whiskies available.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £72 £106

All prices shown above are valid from 20/11/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Balachladaich, Dores

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Situated on the tranquil south side of Loch Ness, just outside the peaceful village of Dores, Balachladaich is a new, purpose-built Bed & Breakfast, and the only B&B to be located directly on the shores of south Loch Ness. With direct access from the house straight to the beach, they will even supply wellies so you can have a paddle! The luxurious guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms and loch facing balconies / decking areas, offering a tranquil space for relaxing after a good day's cycling.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

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Set along the tree lined banks of the River Ness in the shadow of Inverness Castle is The Glen Mhor Hotel. The Glen Mhor is a collection of stylish Victorian townhouses situated just minutes' walk from Inverness town centre and railway station and offers classic Highland hospitality. There is a restaurant offering an informal atmosphere and dining inspired by French cuisine. There is also an extensive whiskey collection in the bar.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Deluxe King Room Deluxe King Riverside Room Suite
01/05/2018 - 30/09/2018 £18 £24 £30

All prices shown above are valid from 17/10/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Deluxe rooms come with either a four poster or a Kingsize bed as well as a large ensuite with either a bath or a monsoon shower. They also occupy better positions within the building, with the majority offering riverside, city or castle views.

Dates Double Room Single Room
01/05/2018 - 31/05/2018 £51 £101
01/06/2018 - 30/06/2018 £60 £121
01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018 £87 £175
01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018 £93 £186
01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018 £87 £175

All prices shown above are valid from 17/10/2017. Prices are per person per night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Travel

Transfers are included from Inverness train station at any time (5 mins), no transfer is included at the end of the trip.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Dr Hodgson
09/09/2016

An exciting and often unexpected walk beside a great canal, and in the surrounding hills and forests. Glorious views, and the chance to visit interesting sites such as the Culloden battlefield and the iron age fort above Inverness.


Mr Burridge
20/08/2016

A very enjoyable active holiday with wonderful scenery.


Mr Stansbury
28/07/2015

Notes need to be refreshed - paths have changed in places (wind damage) and other minor inaccuracies. Craigdarroch Inn room disappointing - it was over the kitchen and smelt of cooking all night. Rooms need to have bathrooms not shower-rooms to help recover after each day's walking. Timings for walking need to take into account bus times in order to have realistic expectations of where and when to stop for lunch (3rd and last days)


Mr Gray
05/07/2015

This is the perfect holiday in which to experience the grandeur of the Highlands while using a brand new, but sparsely populated, long distance trail. The accommodation en route is of the highest order and compares favourably with similar Headwater packages on the Continent. I sincerely hope it is a success as I would dearly love to repeat the exercise.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Every day from 1st May 2018 to 30th Sep 2018, for 6 nights.

Meals
Full Scottish Breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers are included from Inverness train station at any time (5 mins), no transfer is included at the end of the trip.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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