Take a Walk on the (local) Wild Side

One of the best things about our location is the endless amount of walks you can do nearby. This morning we decided to drive 10 minutes to near Beauly to do Loch nam Bonnoch (courtesy of WalkHighlands). This is a 4 miles / 6.5 km walk, mainly flat but with stunning, incredible views. You can make the walk much longer too by exploring the myriad of forestry paths.  This is a very quiet and little known trek! In wet weather, some of the paths can be muddy.

It can be quite hard to park to start the walk, but our Walks Near & Far folder in the Steading will give you good advice on this.  Most of the uphill is at the start, but you are rewarded behind you, with views back to the Beauly Firth.

On taking the first corner uphill, you will be stopped in your tracks with the view over towards the easterly peaks of the Glen Affric and Strathfarrar mountains.

Looking over towards Strathfarrar and Glen Affric mountains

You wouldn’t believe you are only a few miles from Beauly when you see the remote and rugged view ahead of you. Continuing along the track you will soon get your first glimpse of Loch nam Bonnach – a very peaceful stretch of water hidden amongst the lower moors.

Loch nam Bonnoch

You will see Ben Wyvis looking behind the loch. You then enter a forestry area before continuing into a little fairy glen with a river alongside. After crossing a stile, you are now heading back towards the start.

It is preferred you keep dogs on a lead for this walk, mainly because there is often deer about.  Today we saw a whole herd just as we were walking past the loch. We’re letting you into this little known secret walk, but sssh, keep it to yourself please!

Emma and Loch nam Bonnoch