This route starts at Fort William (outdoor capital of Scotland). The approximate distance of this route is 200 miles (318 km) and will take approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes. After starting at Fort William you will pass by the edge of Loch Eil and head towards the fishing port of Mallaig for a ferry ride to Skye. On returning to the mainland you will head to Loch Carron, Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus and back to Fort William.

Journey Highlights

Fort William is at the base of Bevis to the North and Glencoe to south.  Nevis Range ski resort that is nearby has a Gondola that ferries for the snowsports in winter and for the downhill mountain bikers in summer.

Neptune’s Staircase is a set of 8 locks on the Caledonian Canal and is the longest staircase lock in Britain and takes a boat 90 minutes to pass through its gates.

Eilean Donan Castle – there is a road that runs by the A87 where you will see a viewpoint called Carr Brae which offers different and panoramic views of the castle.

Applecross over the 2053 road called the Bealach na Ba, offers views to the Outer Hebrides and South to the Kintail mountains.

Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition goes through seven themed areas from the dawn of time to the third millennium and tells of the mystery and folklore of Nessie.

Loch Ness is the 23 mile loch for holding the mythical Lochness Monster known as Nessie.  This is the largest loch linking Fort William to Inverness.

Urquhart Castle sits on Loch Ness and offers impressive views.

Fort Augustus is to the north of the Caledonian Canal enters Loch Ness and in the village itself is a flight of locks that offer a place to sit and stare and where the world go by.  Next to the locks is the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre.