Lots of tourists visit Urquhart Castle and end up one way or the other in Drumnadrochit for a bite to eat, to visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, take a cruise on Loch Ness or to just go where most people seem to go. It can be quite busy here and all for a good reason, don’t get me wrong. But what if you like the peace and quite of Scotland’s beautiful hills and glens?
If you follow the A831 west to Cannich you can get just that. At Cannich there’s a single track road leading into Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful glens of Scotland according to many. Glen Affric is a National Nature Reserve and famous for its beautiful Birch forest and amazing Scots Pines. Halfway is the Benevean Dam generating electricity for Scottish Hydro and at the end of the Glen, a 45 minute drive from Drumnadrochit, there’s a car park and a few wee trails, one to a viewpoint looking further down Glen Affric and a river trail. This is also a good starting point for longer walks up the Glen. Read more about Glen Affric in our travel report