Tim and I moved to Rose Cottage in May 2018. We are thoroughly enjoying life in the Highlands and hope that you will enjoy your stay with us.
When we are not so busy with the Bed and Breakfast we like to experience walks in the local area. We have compiled a few here for you, and hope that you enjoy them as much as us.
We could in fact write about endless more walks and their beauty but hopefully this will give you a small snapshot of what is available and an insight in to the incomparable beauty of the area!
Dorothy and Tim, January 2019.
There are several walks around Fort Augustus which can all be undertaken by walking from the house. The others below we have generally found at the Walk Highlands web site.
This walk commences after approx 20 minute drive from the house . The Invergarry hotel is open all day for food and drink . It is a good stopping off point either pre or post walk.
Superb views on this walk ; you can walk under the famous viaduct . Obviously this is a must for any Harry Potter fan. The drive from Rose Cottage to the start of the walk taking just over an hour.
Easy to park in Drumnadrochit and beautiful walk both in woodlands and with wide open spaces around. If all walking was as good as this …. We would recommend taking a picnic and enjoying it at the falls of Divach viewpoint.
The drive to the small town of Beauly takes about an hour. There are a few shops of interest in the town and cafes and pubs. Park in the small car park as per the walking instructions. You will not be disappointed in this riverside walk with good views of Beaufort Castle.
Glen Affric is full of completely undisturbed countryside. You will pass through the small village of Cannich which does have a shop and a cafe. There is a designated “Dog Falls car park”. It does make a charge to park there. The walk is very well laid out. If you are lucky you may spot some wildlife, e.g. roe deer, pine martens or the rare crossbill. At a viewpoint towards the end of the walk you will see all along Glen Affric with its lochs and forests backed by high mountains ( often capped with snow) at the top of the glen.
We took the train from Beauly for this walk. One can park in the station car park for free. The train trip takes about 40 minutes. You alight at Garve and can follow a path which runs straight ahead out of the station , following it until eventually you reach the car park stated on the walking instructions. Alternatively park in the car park near the bridge over the Black Water 2km north of Garve. It is easy walking, not strenuous at all but plenty of falls and water to be seen. Lots of lovely spots close to the river where you can enjoy picnics.
Take a gentle drive from Fort Augustus via Beauly; Muir of Ord ( include a visit to the Singleton brewery if you have time) and Dingwall and you will reach Strathpeffer. There you will be amazed by the distinctive Victorian architecture of the village. There is a disused railway station which is worth a visit. It houses a Museum of Childhood; a cafe and a gift shop. At one stage in the walk you will cross a scenic golf course which boasts the highest drop from tee to green of any course in Scotland.
Park in the shore side car park at Loch Ness Shores Caravan site and commence your walk from there. Take time to view the shore of the Loch before you go. This is a very varied walk where the scenery regularly changes . An added bonus is that there are plenty of cafes to choose from.