Exploring Glen Affric’s Autumn Colours

Glen Affric Walks this Autumn

After a lovely summer around Loch Ness and Inverness with daytime temperatures near 30°C, autumn has definitely arrived now and the trees are changing colour. And when you think of autumn colours in the Highlands, the first place that will probably come to mind is beautiful Glen Affric. In autumn, Glen Affric walks are simply spectacular!

Highland Wildlife

A red squirrel on a branch eating a nutGlen 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. They say the colours of Scotland will keep you young. Well, in Autumn we promise this only to be too true!

Walking in Scotland’s Highlands

Autumn colours at Glen Affric in ScotlandWalking 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!). It’s a fairly flat walk and suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness. There may be a couple of small streams to cross.  Walking poles can be very handy on these occasions. They do help you keep your balance while picking your way over stepping stones!

Digital Detox

A stag in the Scottish Highlands with blue sky and autumn coloursAmazing scenery is all around you here, so do not forget your camera! There is no mobile phone reception in Glen Affric, so you can be sure of a perfect break from modern technology.

Where to Start

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 reward yourself afterwards with hot drinks and home baking in the nearby village of Cannich.

If you are planning to stay in the Glen Affric area or nearby, 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!

The Affric Kintail Way

Small waterfalls on the Allt na Bodachan burn above the main drop at Plodda Falls in Glen AffricAnd 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 on some Glen Affric walks this autumn and explore what is often called “Scotland’s most beautiful Glen”. With the October holidays just around the corner, what are you waiting for?