From the Steading you can access low level walks such as rambling, hillwalking, or Corbett and Munro bagging, long distance walking and trekking for the more active of you.
walking is available on numerous forest trails and footpaths, starting from the Steading Glenurquhart, Cannich, Drumnadrochit, Abriachan and Strathglass offering offer some of the most spectacular walking in Scotland.
The Landscapes, change with the seasons, offering diverse flora and fauna along with a the combination of the Caledonian Pine forrest together with lochs, moorland and mountains
The Scots Pine, often growing in excess of 60 feet, can survive for up to 300 years along with Silver Birch, Alder, Rowan, Willow, Aspen, Hazel, Holly, Juniper and Oak.
There are17 Munros, and 5 Corbetts in this area, with the highest hills north of the Great Glen, Carn Eighe and Mam Sodhail rise tall above Loch Affric; from these summits, you can see stunning coast to coast panoramic views
Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides in the west toThe Moray Firth in the east Torridon in the north and Ben Nevis to the south
Here you will find heathers and mosses blueberry and cowberry in abundance along with other lower growing plant life including the 'wetland' species such as Butterwort and Sundew. Orchids are fairly common including the Heath Spotted Orchid. When walking about it is common to see Roe, Sika and Red Deer particularly on the lower ground in winter.
Badgers are fairly common along with the Red Squirrel more difficult to find is the predatory pine marten, along with stoats and weasals and Otters in the River Glass. The wildlife around here is a great attraction for photographers.
The quiet roads that take you deep into the glens, and numerous forest tracks and off road routes to satisfy any walking enthusiast. The Forestry Commission ( FC ) is responsible for the management and conservation work along with the provision of recreational facilities. There are a number of car parks with waymarked walks, and Information boards along with general information about particular features of the reserve, these are on going with each season more and more recreational facilities are being added.
Further afield you will find Fort Augustus, Inverness, Loch Ness and the Black Isle along with seaside, river, canal and loch side walks, offering car parks with waymarked walks, and Information boards to help you enjoy the most from the area.
Because of our excellent location, you will have access to a broad range of attractions while staying with us at the Steading.
We're in ideal position to get a glimpse of the enigmatic "Nessie."
We have various historical sites that are well-known all over the world, and these may be found from Fort William to Inverness. Urquhart Castle, located on the banks of Loch Ness and offering breathtaking views of the valley, should not be missed.
The Caledonian Canal is a canal that extends from Scotland's western to eastern coasts and across the Highlands. It is notable for its amazing network of locks. Visit Fort William, which played a key part in the Jacobean insurrection.
As you walk through tranquil wooded walks, heather-covered hills, and open moorland, you'll get to see a diversity of walking terrain.
As we travel from Fort William to Inverness, we take the famed Great Glen Way.
From the Steading Bed and Breakfast, you may go hiking or bicycling on the different forest trails, including the Craigmonie trails.
A substantial number of mature woods may be found in the region around Balmacaan.
Nearby are the Milton Trail, the Great Glen Way, and the Affric Kintail Way. The Affric Kintail Way is about 44 miles long and features paths that are generally great; nevertheless, certain sections of the trail may be hard.
This is an excellent cross-country path for hikers and mountain bikers that runs from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail near Loch Duich, passing through the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve along the way. Best of all, the steading B and B is conveniently accessible at all times.
You may either continue on to Inverness or start the Great Glen Way from Drumnadrochit. The Great Glen Way is a long distance trail that follows the Great Glen and spans 125 kilometres from Fort William in the southwest to Inverness in the northeast. This trip is ideal for both experienced hikers and those who have never been on a walking vacation before because it passes through a variety of landscapes and provides breathtaking vistas; it also follows ancient drove roads that were once used to transport cattle to market from the west coast; it includes deep lochs, towering glens, and ancient woodlands; it has excellent signposting along the trail; and it offers both low and high route options. All of these things combine to make this vacation an excellent choice for both.