In Gaelic, the word ‘strath’ means a ‘broad valley’. In the case of Strathglass the ‘strath’ takes in three scenic glens – Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Affric and Glen Cannich – and offers a unique combination of mountain scenery, ancient Caledonian forests, rivers and impressive waterfalls. In particular, Glen Affric has earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of Scotland and it is now a national nature reserve.
For the visitor to Strathglass, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the scenery – whether you prefer to travel on foot, on mountain bike or on horseback. And, whether you fancy a rewarding hike to a summit over 1,000m, or prefer a more sedate low-level trail, there are routes to suit all abilities including the long distance trail - The Kintail Way.
There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor sport, with salmon fishing at Culligran and golf at Aigas, for example. Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that a wide variety of animals and birds can be spotted in the area: majestic red deer, black grouse, golden eagles, osprey, ptarmigan, capercaillie, pine martens and otters, to name but a few.
Be sure to stop off at the waterfall at Plodda, which is surrounded by some of the tallest Douglas Firs in Scotland. And don’t miss the opportunity to sample a dram of whisky at Glen Ord Distillery.
Both modern and ancient history can be explored, as evidenced by the ancient burial chambers and brochs that can be found in the area that date back thousands of years. In the 1940s and 1950s, the area became the location for some of Scotland’s hydro-electric power schemes. Mullardoch Dam is just one of the interesting structures that continues to play an important part in Scotland’s energy industry.
There are several places to stay in the area, and accommodation may be found in the villages of Cannich, Tomich, Struy, Beauly and Kiltarlity.