A local loch and wee hill

Loch nam Bonnach, near Beauly

During the past few weeks Neil and I have enjoyed half-day explorations of some previously unexplored local woodlands. As home is just west of the Moray Firth, we have enjoyed superb views down to the water of the Beauly Firth, north over the Black Isle and west to the glens of Cannich, Strathfarrar, Affric and beyond.
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Minor roads around The Aird


The Aird is an area of the west of Inverness situated to the south of the River Beauly and the Beauly Firth. To the south of the Aird rise the hills above Loch Ness and the Glen Glen Way passes this way from Drumnadrochit to Inverness. There are several villages scattered around the Aird (including the village we live), but much of the area is made up of small crofting townships or isolated crofts.

Yesterday we took a ten-mile linear walk around this area, after being dropped off by our son and walking home – the long way. Most of the walk was along roads, but very minor country roads. In fact we only saw less than 10 vehicles and at one point the only moving vehicle for over one hour was a farmer herding sheep on a quadbike.
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