After walking to the Falls of Divach, the second part of my Drumnadrochit hike on May 21 was along the forest pathways in the Craigmonie and Balmacaan woodlands. Combined, the two made for a lovely 6-7 mile hike in the rain, closer to 7 miles, I would say - and maybe a bit more than that. I was pretty wet at the end, but happy do have done such a nice hike. I am sure that there is a local group of volunteers that maintain these trails, and they do a wonderful job of it.
The visitor center gave me a basic trail map. After the falls, I started near the bottom right of the map where the blue and white trails come together. I had previously walked the white loop the night before as a leg stretcher. I headed over to the west side, up the blue trail to the green, looped around that and then completed the red loop. Lovely place! The trail map said that badgers, roe deer, pine marten, and red squirrels are in these woods, so I was hopeful of a sighting. But the only wildlife I saw were a few small birds and an unidentified woodpecker, although birdsong was my near-constant companion.
Right here, I walk through deciduous woodland with carpets of May wildflowers.
I really loved this hike! Combined with the waterfall walk, I was occupied for a good three hours. A little rain? Who cares? I was hiking in bonnie Scotland!