One of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland
When it comes to beautiful lochs in Scotland, Loch Affric is a stunning freshwater loch surrounded by nature. With serene views, wild camping spots and an exceptional hiking trail in Scotland, it has it all. This beauty spot lies about 25 miles southwest of Beauly. The loch sits in a national nature reserve known for being home to a number of rare species and the loch itself is popular for trout fishing. In addition, its popular circular walk, The Loch Affric circuit provides a stunning route to take in all aspects of this beautiful spot.
Discover the beauty of Loch Affric on this circuit
If you’re a fan of nature walks, then this breathtaking trek is just for you. What better way to spend a day than exploring one of Scotland’s most gorgeous lochs. This entire circular is about 12 miles. Most suited to those with a lot of endurance but can be explored in sections by those who prefer something less strenuous. Abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and magnificent streams will captivate you along the way.
The walk keeps mostly well above the loch and passes through pinewood and moorland scenery, with spectacular views of the mountains. In addition, there’s also a magical waterfall to be enjoyed along the way. The view is constantly changing so explorers won’t get bored of this spectacular route. Moreover, a walk around this hiking trail in Scotland is the perfect way to explore Glen Affric.
How to access Loch Affric
This Loch Affric walk starts from the Affric car park and follows the path on the north side of the loch, passing Affric Lodge. A popular picnic site with toilets facilities available marks the start of this route. Drivers can access the car park by using the postcode IV4 7LY. Important to point out is there is a car park charge per day. So be sure to bring some money with you.
From here you will embark upon the route. Spectacular scenery such as Sgùrr na Lapaich, a sight to behold, frame the surroundings. As you meander through woodlands known as ‘Granny Pines’ you can indulge in history. These ancient trees once sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie. As you progress, the landscape becomes more sparse until you reach the Allt Beithe. This former stalking bothy offers remote, eco-friendly accommodation. Next, as you reach Strawberry Cottage (a climbing hut) you cross River Affric.
At this stage, you are heading towards the route on the other side of the loch to complete the circuit. This stretch sees you embark on more boggy terrain, so it is advisable to stick to the main track. However, the scenery that unfolds before you is something to behold. The mountains, forest and views of the loch are spectacular at this stage. Passing Loch Affric on your left and Loch Salach a Ghiublais on the right affords some of the best views of the loch. From here onwards sees you cross some bridges before arriving back at the car park at the end of the loop. So if you want to explore one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, the Loch Affric circuit is a must on the to-do list.
Walk the Highlands provides further details on this remarkable circuit.
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