Walking & Climbing

Gleann nam Fiadh & Tom a' Choinich, Photo Richard WoodThe Glens surrounding Strathglass are a walkers paradise offering some of the most spectacular routes in the Scottish Highlands. While many visitors come to climb the Munros, those wishing less strenuous walks are well catered for by a combination of forest tracks and old stalkers paths. The mountain ridge seperating Glen Affric and Glen Cannich boasts the highest mountains north of the Great Glen - Mam Sodhail (1181m) and Carn Eighe (1183m). Together with their outlying 'tops', including the picturesque Sgurr na Lapaich, they form a horseshoe around Gleann nam Fiadh. The more remote Beinn Fhionnlaidh is often tackled from Loch Mullardoch where a boat may be useful.

Each year a growing number of visitors walk from Cannich through Glen Affric to the west (or in the opposite direction!) Wild camping within the National Nature Reserve is discouraged and those walking through Glen Affric might like to break their journey by staying overnight at the SYHA Hostel at Altbeithe. Camping is permitted around the hostel. Altbeithe is also an ideal location for those climbing the more remote Munro's of Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, Mullach na Dheiragain and An Socach.

Altbeithe Youth Hostel, Photo Paul McKinleyThe 10 miles circular walk around Loch Affric, starting at River Affric car park, is a must! A forest road on the south side of the Loch provides easy walking or mountain biking and leads to the bothy at Athnamullach. The northern side of Loch Affric can be walked via the stalkers path - this might require crossing one or two streams that can be a bit difficult during periods of heavy rainfall.

From the same car park a short but steep climb to the Am Meallan viewpoint gives superb views of the surrounding mountains, as well as Loch Affric and the not too distant mountains of Kintail. A number of interesting walks are also possible around the Dog Falls. For more information on walks in Glen Affric download the Forestry Commissons excellent Glen Affric Guide.

Although there is restricted vehicle access to Glen Strathfarrar, walkers of all abilities are drawn here to enjoy walks by the River Farrar, or along lonely Loch Monar. The Glen also offers superb high level walking, including the 'Strathfarrar Six' and an alternative approach to Moaile Lunndaidh and the other Munros encircling the west end of Loch Monar. From the village of Struy you might like take to the hillside and visit the remains of old lead mines.

Information on waymarked walks in Glen AffricThe Forestry Commission is responsible for the management of the forests and woodlands owned by the nation including the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. FC are particularly concerned with conservation work and the provision of recreational facilities. Within the NNR there are a number of car parks with waymarked walks. Information boards at these sites detail what the visitor can expect to see as well as more general information about particular features of the reserve. To date there are no waymarked walks in Glen Cannich, but a number of forest tracks shown on OS maps allow walkers to explore the glen. The felling of non-native trees in recent years has improved access as well as the views in the lower reaches of Glen Cannich towards the Mullardoch Dam.