The Glen Affric Trail
Discover the “most beautiful glen in Scotland” on this rugged walk across the remote Scottish Highlands from Inverness to Glenelg.
The Glen Affric Trail across Scotland begins in Inverness, the capital of the highlands, before heading west along Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit. Here you leave the Great Glen as you walk to Cannich and then on into Glen Affric. Often called the most beautiful glen in Scotland Glen Affric is a National Scenic Area and National Nature Reserve. You walk through Caledonian pine and beech forests as you traverse the length of Glen Affric.
At the head of the glen you spend a night in the Glen Affric youth hostel, a remote eco-hostel four hours walk from the nearest road. A nature lover’s paradise, the hostel is surrounded by brooding peaks and great views. You won’t want to leave the next morning, when you continue west between the hulking mass of Bheinn Fhada and the Five Sisters of Kintail to reach the sea at Shiel Bridge. The final section of your walk across Scotland takes you on Drovers’ roads, across the Glenelg Peninsula, past iron age brochs, to Glenelg, where your adventure ends.
The changing landscapes and wonderful walking combine to make the Glen Affric Trail across Scotland a classic long distance walk. But this is only half the story; on your journey from coast to coast you will also discover the secret corners of Scotland and her people that make the highlands so special.
Tour company information
Macs Adventure Ltd
Macs Adventure is Scotland's leading active travel company, specialising in self guided walking and cycling holidays across Scotland. Established in Glasgow in 2003, we have spent the last 15 years ensuring our customers have the very best, immersive hiking and biking experiences this glorious country has to offer, with 98% of customers saying they would recommend us to a friend. Our trips are available any day from March to October and include hand-picked accommodation, door-to-door baggage transfers, guidebooks, maps and access to our App, to make sure you never take a wrong turn.
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