Autumn Colours - Explore Glen Affric

Find out why Glen Affric is often called "Scotland's most beautiful Glen"!

After a lovely “Indian Summer” around Loch Ness and Inverness with daytime temperatures over 20 degrees autumn has definitely arrived now and the trees are changing colour.

When you think of autumn colours most people might think of New England, but if you live in our area the first place that will probably come to mind is beautiful Glen Affric.

Glen Affric is amazing at any time of year with abundant wildlife and iconic Highland scenery of mountains, lochs and woodland and is a National Nature Reserve. But in autumn the changing colours of the trees and moorland make this area even more special.

Walking is the most popular way to explore Glen Affric and the circular walk around Loch Affric is a must-do for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. This is a fairly long walk (10 miles, so make a day trip of it and bring a picnic!), but it’s quite level and suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness. There may be a couple of small streams to cross – I’ve always found walking poles very handy on these occasions, they do help you keep your balance while picking your way over stepping stones! Amazing scenery is all around you here, do not forget your camera! There is no need to bring your phone, as there is no mobile phone reception in Glen Affric – a perfect break from modern technology.

The walk starts from the River Affric car park (car parking charges apply, please bring some change), a well maintained car park with picnic and toilet facilities.

Although you need to bring your own refreshments for the walk itself, you can rewards yourself afterwards with tea/coffee and home baking in the nearby village of Cannich.

If you are planning to stay in the Glen Affric area for a few days, don’t miss a visit to the spectacular Plodda Falls, the highest waterfall in the area. Walk to the edge of the viewing platform and look down if you dare!

And just in case you are looking for a real adventure - did you know that the path along Loch Affric forms part of the new long distance Affric Kintail Way? You can walk all the way from the shores of Loch Ness to Kintail on the West Coast of Scotland - 44 miles of unrivalled scenery!

Hopefully we have tempted you to come and explore what is often called Scotland’s “most beautiful Glen” – with the October holidays just round the corner, what are you waiting for?


Glen Affric