Despite being widely regarded as one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland, Glen Affric’s location in the far north of the Highlands and lack of road access means it’s rarely featured on tourist itineraries. However those that do make the journey to the glen will find great walking routes, mountain bike trails, waterfalls, forests, bleak moorland and several Munros.

One of the highlights of the glen is the area around the Plodda waterfall. A short 1.5 mile walk from the road takes you to the thundering base of the 46m falls, before climbing up to the top to see a stunning view over the forest and the valley. There’s also Dog Falls, which is surrounded by rapids and native pines.

For those wanting to get deeper into the Highlands, follow the Affric Kintail Way 44 miles through the entire glen. Even though some of the land in the glen is privately owned, Scottish law allows the public to walk and camp throughout almost all of the valley. Wild camping is the perfect way to experience this beautiful landscape, although those wishing for slightly more comfort can head to the youth hostel at the west end of the glen. Accessible only by foot, it’s one of the most remote hostels in the UK.

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