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West Affric

Wild mountain landscape with peatlands, moorlands and woodlands, home to black grouse, golden eagles and water voles

Things to do


Look out for wildlife including red deer, golden eagles, otters, water voles and ptarmigan.


Walk the 44 miles of the Affric-Kintail Way, from Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness to Morvich in Kintail. (This route can also be mountain-biked but the section from Camban Bothy to Glen Licht House is extremely challenging, and bikes will need to be pushed along most of this section.)

Take a dip in the River Affric – on warm summer days the water is heated (slightly!) when passing through the surrounding peatland.

Climb some of the remotest Munros (mountains over 914m/3,000ft), including the magnificent Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan, using paths maintained by the National Trust for Scotland.

Our rangers are offering a 3-day guided walk of the West Glen Affric Munros - three of the remotest hills in Scotland. This includes 2 nights spent in the Glen Affric Youth Hostel, one of the remotest hostels in the country. Please telephone 01599 511231 for more information.

Outdoor activities

Would you like to help with the conservation of West Affric? You could come on a Thistle Camp, our week-long working holidays, with one taking place at West Affric each year. Tasks can include the maintenance of footpaths, planting native trees or repairing fences protecting regenerating woodlands.