Glen Affric, Strathfarrar and Beauly

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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