Munros, Hill Tracks, Forest Trails - Walks for all abilities.
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 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.
To the north, in Glen Cannich the mountains above Loch Mullardoch also offer a challenging day out with a superb ridge and wonderful views. Beyond and into Glen Strathfarrar another superb ridge offers up 4 Munros and 2 Tops making up the 'Strathfarrar Six'. However, please note that Glen Strathfarrar is only open to motor vehicles from April to the end of October and by prior arrangement during the winter months. It is closed on Tuesdays all day and Wednesday mornings. There are extended opening hours in June, July and August. However there is no access restrictions for cyclists and walkers. For those who enjoy the high tops, please remember that deer stalking is important to the local economy. The stalking season starts in July through to February and advice on stalking activities should be sought to minimise disturbance to the deer during this period.The main stalking season 1st July-20 Oct, when hillwalkers are advised to check the Hillphones service on 01463 761360.
Of course we don't expect all our visitors to take to the mountains. Therefore we are pleased to offer numerous, less strenuous low level walks throughout the area. There are many forest tracks to enjoy and with this in mind, the Forestry Commission Scotland have created a number of way-marked routes to suit all ages and abilities. Examples of these are the walks at Dog Falls and at the River Affric. At both sites, interpretive boards inform the visitor about the local environment. One of the most popular walks to enjoy the scenery is the circuit of Loch Affric starting at the car park at the end of the public road. Walking on the south side of the loch is on a forest road, while a stalkers track runs along the northern side. The scenery is breathtaking - but bear in mind the distance is around 10 miles (15km) and some of the streams running into the loch on the north side might mean wet feet in when there has been rain.
There are also number of excellent shorter walks between Shenval and Corrimony, and up to the hills through the forest at Hilton near Plodda Falls - ask locally for information leaflets or advice on where to walk. Finally, we are linked to a number of long distance walks which can take the enthusiast along ancient drove roads and trails running through breathtaking scenery between the East and West coasts of Scotland. The Youth Hostel at Alltbeithe will give the weary a rest at about the halfway point.
For details of organised/guided walks in the area, as well as other events you might enjoy, please check out our Local Events page.
The Highland Council produced a small local walking guide that unfortunately is now out of print but you can still download the Paths Around Cannich leaflet.