Step off the beaten track into the wild beauty of West Affric
See if you can spot 4,000-year-old Scots pine stumps in the peatlands.
Keep an eye out for the rare black grouse, as well as golden eagles, mountain hares and ptarmigan.
Get on your bike! There are excellent mountain bike trails in West Affric.
Walk a section of the old drove road that runs from Skye to Dingwall.
West Affric lies between two of our other estates, Kintail and Glomach, and includes part of the old drove road from Skye to Dingwall, now a popular long-distance Highland hill walk.
West Affric is situated at the western end of Glen Affric National Scenic Area, a vast region of wild and beautiful land which has much to offer visitors, with its native forest, beautiful lochs and rugged moorland. Bare mountain crags stand out with startling clarity, while the spongy moorland underfoot makes perfect terrain for rambling.
The National Trust for Scotland bought West Affric in 1993. We are helping to repopulate the land with native plants and trees – so far birch and rowan have begun to re-establish themselves. Birds are also increasing in numbers, including black grouse and willow warbler.
The West Affric estate is open all year.
This vast (3,662ha) expanse of wild land is ideally suited to adventurous walkers who want to step off the beaten track.
All year round you’ll find something to take your breath away, whether it’s photographing snow-topped hills, escaping into remote glens, or spotting black grouse, golden eagles and water voles around the peatland. Other activities include mountain biking through the glen or wild camping beside one of Scotland’s finest backdrops.
What better way to spend a day out than a walk followed by a picnic at River Affric – or simply take in the views from Am Meallan.
Public toilets can be found at both the Dog Falls and River Affric car parks.
Dogs should be under control and kept on a lead when livestock are present.
Parking is available at the Countryside Centre, Morvich (NTS); at the River Affric; and at the Forest Enterprise car park near Affric Lodge.
Guided walks, led by a NTS ranger, can be arranged by booking in advance. Please contact the National Trust for Scotland Ranger Service (01599 511231) to find about activities suitable for groups and schools.
Information about the area can be found inside the Alltbeithe Youth Hostel.
The trails in West Affric are not advisable for wheelchairs.
Glen Affric is served by a bus running three days a week in the summer (July–Sept), or you can use Glen Affric car park.
OS Ref: NH030180
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