Photography by Ian Cameron

Glen Affric, Cannich & Strathfarrar Masterclass

Duration of Course: 5 days ------ £1175
(accommodation, Single Occupancy, B&B).

* Maximum group size FOUR

* Dawn - Dusk field tuition

* Evening critique

* All transport at location included.

* Pick up/drop off to/from Inverness airport bus and train Station.

Glen Affric is often considered to be one of the finest and most picturesque glens in Scotland.
  It stretches some 20 miles to access some very wild and beautiful scenery which includes the largest area of native Caledonian Scots Pine in the UK. 

Whilst it is very beautiful at most times of year, nobody would deny that the scenery reaches it's majestic peak during the height of Autumn when the lochside birches and beech woodland are drizzled with gold and copper. This scenery is outstanding whether the weather is wreathed in the mist of a recent passing shower or crisp and crunchy with a morning frost.  Often the still conditions spawn stunning reflections over Loch Beinn a Mheadoin which reflects the island birches and pines from both low and high viewpoints.  At this time of year the loch is often quite high and then it is possible that some of these groves of birch will form quiet lochside, semi-submerged groves of birch, the shallow water creating stunning reflections with the golden confetti of fallen birch leaves floating on black peat enriched water.  If the loch isn't particularly full then the skeletal remains of an ancient forest litter the sand banks and mudflats giving a distinctly eerie feel to the place all the more mysterious should mists wreath the trees and lagoons.

Further down the glen the pine forests become more sparse and the glen opens up to reveal the mountains of Strathglass and fine views with large individual twisted Scots pine dotted over birch brush or growing beside fast flowing rivers that feed the next loch along the glen.  Sounds idyllic - it is and no more than an hour from Inverness.  Glen Cannich and Strathfarrar, literally next door to Affric, are in my opinion two of the most outstandingly beautiful places and yet because of their proximity to Glen Affric they get a little bit overlooked, a mistake to be sure, some of the reflections of the larch covered hillsides and the lochside birches are simply stunning. Strathfarrar is the jewel in this triumvirate, a privately owned glen and in my opinion the very best that Scotland has to offer.  This course is timed to make use of the very last days of vehicular access to the glen before winter shutdown.  If you are reasonably lucky there is an excellent chance of witnessing the first winter snow fall to mix with the outrageous autumnal colours of this stunning glen.

During the course you will be staying at the Cnoc Hotel which is a family run country lodge hotel a few miles from the head of the glens of Cannich and Affric in near the hamlet of Struy.  Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis so you will need to budget for evening meals, your stay there will be single occupancy of double/twin bedded rooms with en suite facilities as standard. The rooms are reasonably spacious and have the usual coffee and tea making facilities, staff are pleasant and helpful all in keeping with a family run hotel rather than a less personal hotel chain.  The Cnoc hotel offers a degree of flexibility with breakfast times and evening meals which should facilitate making the best use of sunrise and sunset hours over the stunningly picturesque woodland rimmed lochs.  I have every reason to believe that this five day course will be very popular especially with its close proximity to Inverness, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Grade: Easy Short to medium length level walks mostly accessible from the vehicle.

A £250.00 Deposit is required to reserve a place on this course.