Things to do in Glen Affric
Whether you are looking for a fun forest walk, hoping to spot some wildlife, or seeking out some spectacular views, heading for Dog Falls is a great way for seasoned walkers to spend a day.
Once you reach the signposted car park, you can choose from three well mapped walks (check out the Forestry Commission's Glen Affric Guide for maps and tips!) which give the option to explore the forest floor, the falls and pools, to have a look at hidden Coire Loch or to climb above the trees to a viewpoint offering an amazing panorama over the glen.
Walk among the gnarled Scots pine trees and listen for the song of the local chaffinches, or wait by the waters of the dark pools for a glimpse of the elusive otters who make their homes here..
Visitors should leave at least 50 minutes for the viewpoint trail walk, a full hour for the circular Dog Falls trail (although it is possible to walk to and from the falls from the car park in half an hour if you are happy to retrace your steps!) and two hours for the Coire Loch Trail.
Those planning to walk the trails at Dog Falls should also bear in mind that all three have been rated as strenuous by the forestry commission and plan accordingly.
Please note parking charges apply here.
Image Hans Musil, August 2005, under license
At Plodda Falls the waters plungein a vertical cascade of over a 46 metre drop, making them a dramatic focus point of a day out in the amazing Glen Affric outdoors.
Visitors to the falls can choose between two mapped route (see link to the forestry commission’s Glen Affric Guide above for more details) both of which have been rated as moderate difficulty walks.
The Plodda Falls trail is a fantastic half hour, half mile walk that take visitors through the towering non-native Douglas Fir trees that give this area of forest it’s unique character, to a viewpoint over the amazing cascade, rumoured to have been created by the former landowner who is believed to have rerouted the river to dramatic effect!
Alternatively, you can take an hour and walk the one and a half mile Tweedmouth Trail, which takes in both the top and bottom of the falls, allowing visitors to see and experience the power of the thundering waters as they fall from the Allt na Bodachan into the Abhainn Deabhag, before flowing on into the River Affric beyond.
If you are heading for Glen Affric in search of angling opportunities, then Culligran Fishing is well worth a visit.
Based on a the Culligran Estate this private fishery has five miles of double bank fishing into the River Farrar with a number of pools and varied terrain to suit the needs of both beginners and the more experienced fisherman.
Located in an Special Ares of Conservation and a National Scenic Area, Culligran offers fly fishing for Salmon or Trout and visitors are expected to adhere to conservation rules, which allow for the first catch to be kept.
Daily permits are available as are the services of a freelance ghillie and advance booking is recommended by calling 01463 761255.
Image Nigel Brown, under license
Often referred to as the “Most Beautiful Glen in Scotland” Glen Affric is a destination that is truly worthy of a full day’s exploration, and the 11 mile Loch Affric Walk is a great way to truly uncover all that this amazing area has to offer.
This circular route takes between five and seven hours to complete and will take visitors through pine forests above the loch, with views up the surrounding mountains and across the loch itself.
Visitors are advised that the walk is through remote terrain and involves stream crossings that could be hazardous in poor conditions – walkers should check before heading out and exercise caution in the event of heavy water flow.Fancy visiting beautiful Glen Affric? We have lots of great accommodation across the area, with something to suit all holiday styles. Check out our places to stay in Glen Affric now - we look forward to seeing you soon!