Exploring Glen Affric’s Autumn Colours

Glen Affric Walks this Autumn

After a lovely summer around Loch Ness and Inverness, 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 nut

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. They say the colours of Scotland will keep you young. Well, in autumn we believe this is only too true!

Digital Detox

A stag in the Scottish Highlands with blue sky and autumn colours

Amazing scenery is all around you here, so do not forget your camera! But remember, there is no mobile phone reception in Glen Affric, so you can be sure of a perfect break from modern technology.

Loch Affric Circuit

Autumn colours at Glen Affric in Scotland

Walking is the most popular way to explore Glen Affric, and a 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!

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.

The Affric Kintail Way

Small waterfalls on the Allt na Bodachan burn above the main drop at Plodda Falls in Glen Affric

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!

Plodda Falls

Viewing platform above Plodda Falls waterfall in Scotland

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. Start your walk at Plodda Falls car park and follow the waymarkers. Venture to the edge of the viewing platform and look down if you dare!

Stunning Autumn Glen Affric Walks

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 coming up next month, what are you waiting for?