Local Activities

The Glen Affric area offers some of the most spectacular unspoilt scenery in Northern Scotland, the extensive Caledonian pine forests, lochs, waterfalls and impressive Munro’s present an enthusiast’s haven for walking, climbing, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, and salmon / trout fishing. For those who like to take life a little easier the area offers a large variety of species for wildlife watching including: Red, Roe and Sika Deer, Red Squirrels, Otters, Pine Martin, and the superb Golden Eagles.

The Forestry Commission for Scotland has 4 short walks in Glen Affric, each has its own car parking facilities:

Dog Falls a 2 mile walk offers views out over the islands of Bienn a’ Mheadhain and the surrounding pine forests.

The Coire Loch Trail is a slightly longer 3.25 mile walk offering views of the small but very pretty Coire Loch. 

The River Affric walk takes a 1 mile route along the course of the river which offers classic views up the glen to the mountains beyond.

Plodda Falls is a 0.4 mile walk to the beautiful cascading 100ft high falls taking in the soaring trees along the walk, the walk can be extended to 1.5 miles to take in the Tweedmouth Trail. The viewing platform above the falls offers fantastic vistas of the surrounding area, in winter when the falls freeze experienced climbers come to the area to take on the scenic ice climb.(See our Plodda Falls Page for more details and photos)

For those looking for longer routes in superb mountain scenery Glen Affric has plenty to offer, including the 11 mile Loch Affric Circuit and the many varied and spectacular Highland Munro’s - our links page has details of suitable local guides should you require specialist guidance.

Highland Trekking and Trail Riding Fully approved, insured and open all year Highland Trekking and Trail Riding is situated in the settlement of Cougie, ten miles south of Cannich on the perimeter of the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve. One, one and a half and two hour rides also half and full day treks, long distance treks by arrangement. Phone Sasha or Iain on 01456415323 

Struy Inn The Struy Inn is a traditional 19th century country inn situated in the heart of Scotland’s Central Highlands. Located in the village of Struy, mid-way between Cannich and Beauly. The inn sits at the junction of the Farrar and Glass rivers, and at the gateway to the remote and spectacular glens of Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar. With characterful stone walls and a warm open fireplace the Struy Inn is the perfect place to relax for a meal. The kitchen serves top quality meals made on site from the freshest local ingredients.

Our dining room seats just 18 so booking is strongly recommended. Note The Struy Inn is not suitable for children. http://www.thestruy.co.uk/

Wild Rose Escapes If you are looking for something creative and a little different. Wild Rose Escapes offers day and weekend courses from Crochail wood (nr Cannich), which include; Prehistoric Cookery, Felt-Making & Natural Dyeing. For more details visit: www.wildroseescapes.co.uk or Tel:01456 415454

Abriachan Garden Nursery woodland gardens on the shores of Loch Ness Visit the uniquely beautiful woodland gardens by Loch Ness, with their fantastic mix of native and exotic plantings. Walk the winding woodland paths edged by mossy stone walls leading up the hillside to stunning views over the loch. For more details visit: 

For those seeking some retail therapy, traditional music and varied culinary cuisine the highland capital of Inverness is situated 30 miles away, whilst the legendary Loch Ness and village of Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away.

The conservation village of Tomich half a mile away offers a typically Highland Hotel with a reasonably priced restaurant and bar, and the wonderful Coach House Café offers wonderful home baked cakes, hot food and drinks and locally made gifts.

The nearby village of Canich has a well stocked spar shop including Post Office. 

Although a little out of the local area however we highly recommend a trip out with Sarah at EcoVentures at Cromarty. https://www.ecoventures.co.uk/

The Brewers Cottage. Tomich, Near Cannich, Inverness-shire. IV4 7LY

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