Few places stir the imagination like Loch Ness. ‘Jewel in the crown’ of the untamed north, Ness and the Scottish Highlands are a place of undisputed natural beauty, shrouded in mystery and legend, whose atmosphere wraps around you like a blanket of the finest tartan as it draws you into its mist-shrouded, magical kingdom


Image © Headwater

New for summer 2015, UK tour operator, Headwater, has created self-guided cycling and walking tours (4 and 5 nights respectively, extra nights on request) which explore the remote southern tip of Loch Ness, with its shaded forests, tranquil waterways, tumbling waterfalls and rolling heather-clad moors paving the way for some of the most scenic discoveries in the country. It’s a timeless and kaleidoscopic landscape, with remote Highland hamlets adding testimony to the unbroken bond between history and folklore, culture and tradition, the past and the present. Bird and plant life are prolific too, and there is a high probability of spotting red deer.

DSC_3790Fall of Foyers © Michael Cowton

Both the walking and cycling routes are relaxed, with hardly any climbs, taking in the serene Caledonian Canal, the Great Glen Way, Beauly Firth and Robbie Burns’s famous 140ft Falls of Foyers waterfall. Cyclists can also re-trace the rich Scottish Highland clan culture in Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie saw his hopes dashed, and Cawdor where Macbeth plotted his unnatural deeds. Both trips end in Inverness, a thriving riverside city.

InvergarryImage © Invergarry Hotel

The cycling is a 4-night, self-guided, hotel-to-hotel holiday, with bags, as always, transported between hotels. The walking is 5 nights, also self-guided, hotel-to-hotel, with bags transported. Daily departures on both: cycling 15 June to 30 September inclusive; walking 1 May to 30 September inclusive. Prices from £569 (cycling) and £549 (walking). Prices include B&B hotel accommodation, transfer of bags between hotels, high-quality bikes, detailed maps, meticulous route notes and 24/7 support from Headwater.

For bookings and further information, call Headwater 0845 322 4672 or email sales@headwater.com