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Rushing rapids, glorious woodland and a classic view

Dog Falls

Delve into Dog Falls

The first car park you come to in Glen Affric is the perfect place to start. You can explore the rapids and still, dark pools of Dog Falls, picnic beneath the pine trees by Coire Loch, or climb to a fine view up the glen.

The forest is a mixture of gnarled old Scots pine (often called ‘granny pines’), shining silver birch, oaks covered in slow, grey lichen and pine saplings with needles so bright they are almost luminous. Our guide to Glen Affric (PDF 4.6MB) will help you explore this magical place.


Parking (charge) Toilets Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Facilities

Much of the road through the glen is single track, like many Highland roads. Drive slowly, and pull over to let other cars pass at the passing places.

Glen Affric is a place to leave the bustle of the modern world behind – including its technology! There is no mobile phone reception in the glen, so you won’t be able to use electronic maps that rely on a network connection.

Find somewhere to eat

You’ll find places to eat in Cannich or Tomich and a shop in Cannich. There are no cafés or shops in Glen Affric itself.

Car parking

Please remember to bring change for the parking meter, as card payments are not available here. Parking charges are as follows:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus and coach all day

Season passes are also available.

  • £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
  • £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars

For more information please contact us.

Still have time left on your ticket? Tickets purchased at Dog Falls are also valid at River Affric, so make the most of your trip and visit the neighbouring forest.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Inspirational

Poet Rody Gorman, who works in Scottish and Irish Gaelic as well as English, wrote a series of short poems inspired by Glen Affric. The English version plays with the multiple meanings of some Gaelic words.

Easan nam Measan – Dog Falls

Fon chaorann, critheann ‘s giuthas nan cailleach air leitir a tha cas,

Làn de dh’fheusag-bodaich eadar gorm liath 's glas

under the rowan, poplaraspen and grannypine on a suddentwistedsteep countrysideslopeshore full of oldmansbeards bothbetween greyblueandbluegrey

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100

Email: invernessrossskye@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Inverness or Fort William, follow the A82 along Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit. Turn onto the A831, signposted for Canaich (Cannich). In Cannich village, turn left onto the minor road signposted for Glen Affric. Dog Falls is about 4 miles (6.4 km) along this road, at grid reference NH 283 282.

Using SatNav?
IV4 7LN is the postcode for the centre of Cannich village. Follow directions above from there.

Public transport
Buses run from Inverness to Tomich and Cannich throughout the year. For details visit Traveline Scotland.

Between July and September, there’s a service right up the glen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Check with Ross’s Minibuses for details.

Nearby places

Dog Falls is one of four places to explore in Glen Affric. There are picnic places by Loch Beinn a’Mheadhain, and a charming trail by the river at River Affric. At Plodda Falls a dramatic waterfall plunges through a forest of soaring, tangerine-scented Douglas fir.


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