Adventure or Relaxation? You decide.
Why choose when you can have it all? Whether you want to bag a Munro or curl up in our cosy cabin with a good book in front of the log burner, Wildwood is ideally located to offer outdoor adventures and a restful retreat in a spectacular Highlands setting.
FROM THE DOOR STEP
Hiking/ cycling/ strolling
The loch shore is a 15 minute stroll and there is a good network of forest tracks, paths, and several local munros Gairich, Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach and Sgurr Mhaoraich, for hiking and mountain biking right here in the glen.
Our neighbour offers fishing on the loch, see Loch Garry Fishing to book.
DOWN THE ROAD
"There are few more scenically spectacular journeys to be made in Britain than the one that takes you from the Great Glen through Glen Garry to the edge of the Atlantic." So wrote James Hunter in his book A Dance Called America.
Wildwood is located on Britain's longest dead-end road; 22.5 miles of spectacular single track road heading to the sea at Kinloch Hourn. The journey makes for a great short road trip or (vigorous) cycle to a beautiful setting at the coast.
Once there the track takes up where the road leaves off along the southern shore of the loch on and can be followed on foot a further seven miles to beautiful Barrisdale Bay, long seen as one of the two main gateways to Scotland's most remote and challenging mainland region, Knoydart. For a more child friendly walk follow the track along the northern shore for approximately 1 miles to a fantastic viewpoint overlooking a stoney bay.
Kinloch Hourn is also a great destination to launch a canoe into the sheltered sea loch and has a tea room for refreshments at Lochhournhead.
Great walks can be enjoyed along the stunning River Garry and in the surrounding ancient woodlands in our local village of Invergarry. There are forest and riverside walks to suit all abilities and white water rafting for the more adventurous. The waterfall walk is particularly breath-taking. Walk descriptions can be found on the Enjoy Loch Ness website and at www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk. Rafting on the River Garry can be booked with outdoor adventure company Active Highs.
Fort Augustus on Loch Ness
25 minutes by car the village of Fort Augustus located on the most southern tip of Loch Ness has several pubs, cafes, restaurants situated along the canal locks of the 60 mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William.
Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness. Visitors can explore the surrounding countryside by cruising Loch Ness, home to the world-famous Loch Ness monster. For eating and drinking we recommend Beaufort House Cafe & B&B which has a lovely garden and interesting menu.
The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre details the history of the canal and has a cafe and outdoor seating to sit and watch the boats navigating the locks. The Clansmen Centre has appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th century clan weaponry.
Great Glen Way
The Great Glen slices Scotland in two from Inverness to Fort William. Glaciers sheared along an underlying fault line 20,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, to carve out the U-shaped valley that today contains Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Loch Linnhe. The Great Glen formed an ancient travelling route across Scotland and the first visitors to this area probably came along the Glen. Today, people still travel along the Great Glen by boat on the Caledonian Canal, on foot or bicycle on the Great Glen way or by car on the A82. You can join the Great Glen Way at Invergarry on foot or bicycle - there are a variety of walking surfaces - from level canal towpath, to loch-side woodland path and to steeper forest roads with glorious views.