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Glen Affric & Strathglass

Scenic Hotspots near Inverness

Explore Glen Affric! Situated in the North West Highlands within the area of Strathglass. Just above Loch Ness and to the left of Inverness. This scots glen has long been recognised as one of the most scenic areas of Scotland. Here you can explore many wonderful walks. Enjoy a magical mix of native woods, glistening lochs and haunting moorlands. 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. They offer 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.

Ancient Pinewoods & Nature

Glen Affric is well known for its 30 miles of ancient pinewoods. One of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland! Here, you can wander amongst the splendid pine trees accompanied by the musical notes of the woodland birds. The Glen Affric is home to ospreys, secretive otters or red- and black-throated divers. A spectacular place to visit in autumn. Here you’ll be in awe of the mosaics of colour. And if you are lucky you might hear the echoing roar of our red deer stags. Autumn brings the rutting season.

Scottish Waterfall

The Area of Strathglass

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 if you prefer a more sedate low-level trail, there are routes to suit all abilities including the long-distance trail – The Kintail Way.

Outdoor Playground

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. From the majestic red deer, black grouse and golden eagles, to osprey, ptarmigan, capercaillie, pine martens and otters. To name but just a few.

Be sure to stop off at the waterfall at Plodda. The Plodda falls circular walk is spectacular. Here you will be surrounded by some of the tallest Douglas Firs in Scotland! And don’t miss the opportunity to sample a dram of whisky at the wonderful Glen Ord Distillery.

History

Glen Affric is filled with modern and ancient history. From ancient burial chambers and brochs dating back thousands of years! In more recent times (in the 1940s and 1950s) the area became the location for some of Scotland’s hydroelectric 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, StruyBeauly and Kiltarlity including the famous luxury log cabins of Eagle Brae.

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