Why the Affric Kintail Way?
The lead for developing the walk is being taken by the Strathglass Marketing Group (SMG) with support from Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Destination Loch Ness (DLN) and Glenurquhart Community Council. The Affric Kintail Way mainly follows existing path networks, mostly on land owned by FCS and NTS, enhanced by suitable signage where appropriate.
The idea of developing the NHW is to promote an area of outstanding natural beauty to a wider walkers’ audience by extending the well-known walk through Glen Affric over to the west at Kintail by providing a link to the Great Glen Way at Drumnadrochit via Glenurquhart. This now creates a new designated walking route which with promotion could become a popular walk for those looking for a bit of solitude while walking through some of the last areas of wild lands left in the Highlands.
The route is over wilder terrain than the Great Glen Way, provides a stop-over at Scotland’s most remote Youth Hostel and is suitable for both cyclists and walkers. A further attraction of the route is the fact that there will be alternative suggestions for those who wish to take a little longer with the walk while participating in other activities such as fishing, pony trekking, canoeing or bagging a few Munros or Corbetts on the way.
With the added bonus of a minimal environmental footprint, walking and cycling are becoming an ever greater way of keeping fit. Walkers and cyclists are looking for new and innovative routes which the NHW provides with the additional benefit of bringing some more tourism income into the area thus ensuring that a rural fragile economy is better supported.
Promotion will be internet-based with walkers encouraged to download sections with full descriptions, photos and map for which a donation will be requested in order to cover basic costs.