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Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $1879per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every day from 23 Sep '19 to 30 Sep '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers to your first hotel (if booking inclusive flights), pay locally for return transfer
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, couples, lake & river routes


For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

      from 10 reviews

Mr Blunt says...
Overall the holiday was good however it is a pity that you cannot leave your hotel for the next days walk without getting a lift to the starting point. ...
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Great Britain: Scotland

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

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 a 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.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Inverness

Arrive in the wonderful waterside town of Inverness, the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands.
You stay at the Glen Mhor Hotel (breakfast included)

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.
You stay at The Lovat (breakfast included)

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.
You stay at The Lovat (breakfast included)

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.
You stay at the Craigdarroch Inn (breakfast included)

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.
You stay at the Balachladaich (breakfast included)

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.
You stay at the Glen Mhor Hotel (breakfast included)

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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

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.


Room upgrades: Deluxe King Room, Deluxe King Riverside Room or Suite.
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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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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.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room, Super Deluxe Room, Master Room or Grand Master Room.


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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.


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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.


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Pottery House, Dores

With beautiful views overlooking Loch Ness and a very warm welcome from your hosts John and Glen, the Pottery House B&B is conveniently situated within a 5 minute walk to Dores. There are 3 large, very comfortable rooms, 2 of which with lake views, all with modern amenities such as power showers, a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. The attention to detail is second to none, including a hand produced local information book and Highland toiletries. Excellent, award winning breakfasts are cooked to order using local produce.

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.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

Hair dryer iconNEARBY:

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.


Room upgrades: Deluxe King Room, Deluxe King Riverside Room or Suite.
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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Inverness train station at any time (5 mins), no transfer is included at the end of the trip.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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 an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Blunt, 31/07/2019

Overall the holiday was good however it is a pity that you cannot leave your hotel for the next days walk without getting a lift to the starting point. Inverness and Fort Augustus were great and the Hotel Lovat was first class in all respects. Ticket to Ride were brilliant and supplied us with further maps and info and were always ready to pick us up at the agreed time. Have spent many better holidays with Headwater, at least 7 I would think, but having said that visiting Inverness for the first time was a treat and Fort Augustus with its 4 Lochs always provided much interest. Good to have a very informative boat trip on the Ness from Fort Augustus. The walk from Loch Tarff was the Highlands as we expected to see.


Mrs Alexander, 05/06/2019

Flawlessly organised and a great trip!


Mr Jenkins, 24/05/2019

An excellent walking holiday in very fine scenery staying in top-of-the-range accommodation.


Mrs Hamilton, 30/09/2018

headwater is a very professional company, everything worked out well regarding accommodation and the transporting of our luggage. We did not have any worries at all as the transport was on time and in most cases earlier than the stated pick up time.


Mrs Wright, 24/09/2018

The Craigdarroch Inn is sadly in need of an upgrade and getting a meal is a chore. Unfortunately on a walking holiday you are a captive audience as there is nothing else in the vicinity. Give consideration to missing this hotel if possible until it improves.


Mrs Lloyd, 27/05/2017

A lovely way to see Loch Ness and parts of the Caledonian canal.


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.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

Full Scottish Breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers to your first hotel (if booking inclusive flights), pay locally for return transfer

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfers


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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

Departures
Every day from 23rd Sep 2019 to 30th Sep 2020, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
Full Scottish Breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement 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 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.



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