Find Out What's Happening Around The Affric Kintail Way
The Glen Affric Duathlon
The Glen Affric Duathlon made a welcome return in 2015 having been a very popular event from 2004 - 2009. This year the duathlon takes place on Saturday 7th May. The event has proved a big attraction with competitors heading to Glen Affric from all over the UK.
Set amidst stunning mountain scenery this run/bike/run event is suitable for competitors of all abilities. Not only will the experienced, even elite athlete find it challenging, but the environmant also makes it a very rewarding experience for novices. All levels are therefore encouraged to enter. For more information visit www.glen-affric-duathlon.co.uk.
The Highland Cross
The Highland Cross is a 50-mile duathlon (20 miles on foot, 30 miles on bike) traversing the spectacular Scottish Highlands coast to coast, west to east from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly. The Highland Cross 2016 will take place on Saturday 18th June. The route once again starts at Morvich and follows the Affric Kintail Way until the end of Loch Affric where participants cross to the north of the river to Affric Quarry where the bike stage begins. It is hoped that there will be approximately 750 participants taking part and raising funds for Highland Social and Medical charities.
To date the Highland Cross will have contributed over £4m to Highland charities - a wonderful testament to the power of the Highland Community. For more information visit www.highlandcross.co.uk.
Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games
For over 60 years the people of Glen Urquhart have striven to create Highland magic for spectator and competitors alike at their annual gathering and this year promises to be no exception.
The 2016 event will be held at Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit on Saturday 27th August and will include Pipe Bands, Piping Competitions and Highland Dancing. The programme also includes Track & Field and Heavy Events together with a Hill Race, Tug o' War abd Cycling. For full details visit the www.glenurquhart-highland-games.co.uk.
Lochalsh Dirty 30 Challenge
A choice of walking events (you can run if you like!) to test your fitness: The Dirty 30 Challenge (30 miiles) or The Dirty Dozen (12 miles) both starting and finishing at Glenelg west of Shiel Bridge. The 2016 event takes place on Saturday 11th June - for full details and entry application please visit: www.lochalsh-trails.co.uk.
With the shinty season now extending through the summer months, visitors might like to sample the Highlands' most popular sport. Matches take place locally on most Saturdays with clubs fielding teams at all levels, senior and junior. In recent years womens shinty has progressed and has become highly competitive.
There are three teams close to the Affric Kintail Way - Glenurqhart Shinty Club based in Drumnadrochit, Strathglass Shinty Club playing their home matches in Cannich and Kinlochsheil over in the west at Balmacara. To check out fixture lists visit the Camanachd website.