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Allt Na Criche, meaning ‘boundary  stream’. 1 ¾ miles long (2.9km), this walk is a strenuous get-up-and-go especially when you’re looking for a walk that’s challenging and rewarding.  You can get it done before you start your day, or even a stroll in the evening – this is certainly the walk for you.

Depending on your abilities, this route takes about 1 hour to complete. Don’t forget to follow the white marker posts!  This trail takes on part of the Great Glen Way (blue marker posts) and you will not want to go the wrong way.


When travelling north from Fort Augustus on the A82 it’s the first chance to get out in the woodland then see the cascades of the Allt na Crìche burn and amazing views of Loch Ness and the crannog of Cherry Island.

Keep an eye out for our wonderful wildlife.  Mixed birch and conifer woodland makes an ideal home for red squirrels, pine marten, and red deer.  Please leave the woodland as you found it, don’t forget, this is their home, not yours.

The trail consists of firm gravel surfaces, some earthy sections which are rocky and muddy in places.  You can expect long steep slopes with many sections of boardwalks and steep steps.  We always recommend plenty of water, a lightweight rain jacket, and good footwear.

Allt Na Criche is about a 30-minute walk from The Lovat Loch Ness hotel, stay with us before you set off and we can give you directions and advise on the local walking paths.

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