New Long Distance trail leads through history

Journalist, author and broadcaster, Cameron MacNeish, today (Friday 17 April) officially opened the Affric Kintail Way - Scotland’s latest long distant route.

Running from Morvich to Drumnadrochit, where it links up with the Great Glen Way, the 44 mile long trail passes through some of the last remaining wild lands of the highlands and takes traveller through contrasting landscapes steeped in history and rich in heritage.

Cameron McNeish, said;

“This is a spectacular addition to Scotland’s walking routes – and it’s all the more remarkable when you think that all of the people who have worked on this over the past four years have done so on a voluntary basis.

“The Strathglass Marketing Group had the original vision of a long distance trail here - and they have been instrumental in getting all the partners on board and driving this project forward.

“It makes use of the old drove roads and updates them to create superb opportunities for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. This amazing trail is a great addition to Scotland’s growing network of long distance paths and it is something of which all the partners involved should be very proud.”

Much of the trail crosses land managed either by Forestry Commission Scotland or national Trust Scotland and as well as passing through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes, it also passes through some of Scotland’s defining history.

The main partners and funders involved in developing the trail include: Strathglass Marketing Group, Forestry Commission Scotland, National Trust Scotland, assisted by Highland Council and 10 glens cycling group, Soirbheas and Uniqueness.

Ian Mure, of the Strathglass Marketing Group, said;

“We’ve long held the view that this part of Scotland has some amazing experiences to offer visitors and the trail really captures it all. Visitors will see some of Scotland’s finest landscapes – including the unmistakeable and unforgettable Glen Affric – and have the chance to see a fantastic array of wildlife.

“But visitors will also have a great opportunity to travel through history, whether it’s at renowned locations such as Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle, or at sites connected with Bronze Age peoples, Vikings, Jacobites or the ordinary people that used to populate this landscape.  

“All in all it is a remarkable experience.”

The opening event at Cannich Community Hall included displays by local artists as well as from some of the partners involved, including FCS, NTS, RSPB and others.

For more information about the trail website 

Notes to editors

1. The volunteers behind the project have been responsible for agreeing the route, positioning of way markers, creating a route map and mobile phone app, and designing the logo, map panels and website.

2. Some of the locations linked by the trail include:

  • Corrimony – the location of the last battle of Viking Prince Mony, where he suffered the wounds that ended his life. The battle was on Craigmonie at the start of the trail - Mony died of his wounds at Corrimony
  • The Corrimony Chambered Cairn - possibly up to 4000 years old and the recently re-discovered Comar Wood Dun yield outstanding glimpses into the distant past.
  • Strathglass – site of the dreadful atrocities by Cumberland's soldiers as they hunted for Bonnie Prince Charlie in the aftermath of Culloden and also the location from which Clan Chisholm were forced out during the clearances.
  • Kintail - land of the Macraes and Mackenzies featured during the Jacobite uprising in 1719 and where, at the Battle of Glen Shiel, the Jacobites and their Spanish allies were defeated and Eilean Donan Castle destroyed.
  • Urquhart Castle - once stronghold of Clan Grant
  • Glen Affric - now a National Nature Reserve and home to remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest

3. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.

4. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.

5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.