Glen Affric, Strathfarrar and Beauly


By common consent, Glen Affric is the finest of all Scotland's glens. It features a fabulous variety of scenery and is deservedly popular with walkers. The glen begins amongst the steep, bare mountains of Kintail far in the west.Further downriver is beautiful Loch Affric, at the foot of the highest mountains north of the Great Glen. The middle part of the Glen is a National Nature Reserve, magnificently wooded with Scots Pine - one of the last remnants of the original Caledonian Forest.

From the village of Cannich the glen changes once more, becoming known as Strath Glass as the river winds through the now wider, gentler and more fertile glen to Beauly, centred on its ancient priory. Further north are three glens that almost rival Affric itself; remote Glen Cannich, now flooded by Loch Mullardoch, beautiful Strathfarrar, and the twisting and little visited Strath Conon.


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  • Walk Grade Distance Time
    Reelig Glen, Moniack 1.5km 1 hour
    River Affric and Am Meallan, Glen Affric 1.5km 45 minutes
    Plodda Falls, near Tomich 2.5km 1 hour
    Phoineas Hill, near Beauly 4.85km 1 - 2 hours
    Dog Falls and Coire Loch, Glen Affric 6km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
    River Beauly and Lovat Bridge circuit 8km 2 - 2.5 hours
    Loch nam Bonnach, near Beauly 6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
    Glen Affric road end to Alltbeithe 14km 3.5 - 5 hours
    Loch Affric Circuit 18km 4.5 - 6.5 hours
    Sgorr na Diollaid, Glen Cannich 7km 4 - 5 hours
    Sgurr a' Mhuilinn and Meallan nan Uan, Strathconon 13km 5 - 7 hours
    Beinn a' Bha'ach Ard 16km 6 - 7 hours
    Tom a' Choinich and Toll Creagach, Glen Affric 17km 6 - 8 hours
    An Sidhean from Loch Monar, Glen Strathfarrar 17km 6 - 7 hours
    Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan group, Alltbeithe 20km 9 - 11 hours
    Bac an Eich, Strathconon 20.5km 6.5 - 7 hours
    Carn a' Choire Ghairbh and Aonach Shasuinn, Affric 24.5km 9 - 10 hours
    Glen Strathfarrar Munros circuit 25km 7 - 10 hours
    Carn Eige and Mam Sodhail 28km 10 - 13 hours
    The Loch Mullardoch Munros 29km 11 - 14 hours
    Affric Kintail Way 71km 4 Stages

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