Altnacardich to Kirkton path upgraded by local community group

February 12th, 2020 in News by 15 Comments

Now that spring is on the way you should try out the newly upgraded path from Altnacardich to Kirkton Muir. You can park at the top of Newtonhill and take the track to the east towards Inverness.

Work was completed recently to fill in the large puddles (known locally as The Great Lakes!) to create a fantastic dry walk linking the west of the hillside (Newtonhill, Reelig and Cabrich) to the east (Kirkton, Englishton and Bunchrew) whilst avoiding the A862.

The route is perfect for walkers, runners, cyclists and horses and opens up access to a network of good quality adjacent woodland tracks.

The upgrade was made possible with the permission of the landowner and a generous Active Travel Grant from Paths for All and Transport Scotland.

Much of the preparation work was performed by willing volunteers from the Paths and Woodland groups of the Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Trust. The groundworks were completed by a local contractor, Amac.

We would be most grateful for feedback from users in the form of short comments or brief testimonials below or on the Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community facebook page. Comments will be used to report back to Paths for All and will help to support future funding opportunities.

We are always looking for volunteers to join our growing group to help create, improve and maintain the various paths in the area. If you are interested contact Donald Shiach on


Great, just what the newtonhill road needs, more traffic. I hope there are signs up asking dog walkers to keep dogs on leads due to local livestock. Always a concern when yet another dog is running loose locally. ( lost )I hope you appreciate what a worry it is for local farmers/ crofters. Cheers.

Louise anderson


Hi Louise, you’re right to emphasise the importance of access rights being exercised responsibly as set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. For those interested see –

George Hogg


This is just brilliant. It means it is possible to cycle from Inchmore to Bunchrew without using the main road. Particularly in the winter this will improve safety and increase the number of people travelling actively.

Adrian Hodges


Great positive news. Local community group delivering badly needed alternatives to the main road. Great work all, something that needs positive praise. Well done, I know how much free voluntary effort on behalf of your community and other path users the fund chasing, contract management and delivery actally takes.

Mike Atkinson


Good to see investment to make active travel and recreation easier along here. Keep up the good work!



Great to open up more options for safe alternative travel with built in exercise! Upon us all to use responsibly

Linda Lawton


Fantastic news – well done to everyone involved. This should definitely get more people out on their bikes. We need more safe travel routes in the Highlands – I hope this inspires other communities.



Any new route off main roads is welcome & well done to all those involved.



This is a fantastic addition to the area. Thank you to the local organisers the founders , the landowner, contractors and volunteers. I have commuted by bike between Beauly and Inverness for many years and have recently given up due to the volume and speed of traffic. This gives me the impetus to try again. Thank you all.

Brian MacDonald


Brilliant to see things like this. Will definitely be using it.

Graham Proctor


Excellent work, used it last weekend during storm Dennis and kept feet dry.

Bob Hemingway


I dont know that area too well so can I just clarify that means it’s possible to get from Beauly to Bunchrew now without using the main road. At Bunchrew are there any tracks to get into Inverness or is the main road the only option?

At Inchmore where is the start of the new track?. Is it obvious?..

Senior cyclist


What a great project



This is brilliant – a great addition…. slowly improving the Beauly firth cycle routes….

katie walter


We did the walk this afternoon, what a really lovely walk. We walked to Bunchrew Caravan Park and bought a coffee in the shop before returning, the views were stunning.

You might be a little concerned that your not on the right path as its a bit guttery first off but around the half mile point the path really improves. Well done to everyone involved!!!

David Gill


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