Walks To Suit Everyone
STALKING INFORMATION: The 'Heading for the Scottish Hills' service helps you find out where stalking is taking place during the stag stalking season (1st July to 20th October, but with most stalking from August onwards), so you can plan routes which minimise the chance of disturbing stalking, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. SEE NORTHERN HIGHLANDS (pdf).
For the enthusiastic 'Munro Bagger', the area around Strathglass offers thirteen Munros, seventeen if including those in West Affric. The northern side of Glen Affric boasts the highest mountains north of the Great Glen - Carn Eighe (1181m) and Mam Sodhail (1183m).
These 'twin' mountains, in terms of appearance and height, together with their neighbouring peaks form a superb horseshoe around Gleann nam Fiadh. Indeed the traverse of this route taking in the spectacular and dominant Sgurr na Lapaich (not a Munro!) gives one of the finest high level walking routes in the Scottish Highlands. The mountains in West Affric can be enjoyed courtesy of an overnight stay at the Alltbeithe Youth Hostel.
The Glen Affric mountains can also be reached via Glen Cannich especially if the Mullardoch Ferry is operating. The north ridge above Loch Mullardoch is another opportunity to enjoy a high level route at its best.
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.
The 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 now a base for the charity Trees for Life.
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. This walk takes in spectacular views of the Kintail and Glen Shiel mountains.
From the River Affric 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 of varying durations are also possible around the Dog Falls area including Coire Loch. For more information on walks in Glen Affric download the Forestry Commissons excellent Glen Affric Guide.
While many visitors come here to walk the Affric Kintail Way most of the route provides easy access for those wishing to only parts of the route. In Glenurquhart the forestry car park at Balnain together with the hamelt of Shenval and Corrimony present the opportunity of enjoying a number of excellent shorter walks.
The village of Tomich is also a good starting point with a variety of trails through the Guisachan Estate and up to Knockfin and Plodda Falls. If staying locally your accommodation hosts will be able to provide you with information and advice on walking opportunities in the local area. Leaflets are usually available locally.
We hope that you enjoy walking around Strathglass & the Glens. We also hope that you will act responsibly at all times and fully respect the environment. The Enjoy Scotland's Outdoors guide is extremely useful in detailing rights and responsibilities of all those who visit the countryside.
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