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.
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.
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.
Climb through the forest and drink in the views over Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain to the breathtaking mountains beyond.
Mostly wide, firm gravel surface. Short narrow section with exposed tree roots and uneven stone steps. Long fairly sleep slope for half a mile.
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km Allow 1 hour
This classic viewpoint is deservedly a popular place for photographers.
Dog Falls Trail (diverted)
There will be improvement works on the riverside section of this trail until the end of March. Diversions will be in place.
Follow the foam-flecked river downstream to feel the awesome power of the falls as they tumble into a deep gorge.
Long sections of uneven gravel paths with some rocky sections and steps. Long steep slopes for 500m. Includes a narrow bridge and two road crossings. Walk anti-clockwise for a less steep climb.
2 miles / 3.2 km Allow 1¼ hours
From the viewpoint overlooking the falls you might be hypnotised by the whisky-coloured water rushing through the canyon. If you want a shorter route, going just to the falls and back will take about ½ hour.
Coire Loch Trail
Fall under Glen Affric's spell on this magical walk through a patchwork forest of ancient pines and birches. Discover a secluded little lochan and a wonderful viewpoint above.
Narrow and uneven gravel path with exposed tree roots and rough rocky sections. Long steep slopes for 500m. Includes a narrow bridge, road crossings and several sets of stone steps.
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km Allow 2 hours
Coire loch appears like a hidden treasure among the trees: in summer it’s covered in water lilies, and dragonflies dart over the water. On the way back to the car park you’ll find signal posts along the forest track that bring some of the glen’s creatures to life.
Mountain biking trails
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
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.
IV4 7LN is the postcode for the centre of Cannich village. Follow directions above from there.
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.
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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