Glen Affric People

A combination of trees, lochs and mountains make Affric unique – but although it all looks 'natural', people have shaped this landscape.

Farmers and stalkers

Early farmers probably had little impact on the place, but from the 1700s onwards things began to change.


The lairds who controlled the glen introduced sheep farming; later they let the ground for fashionable sports like deer stalking and fishing.


Patches of the ancient forest survived, but only just: and it was a lucky chance that fashions in forestry changed just at the time the Forestry Commission bought the glen in 1951.

Electric men

Since 1951, the need to protect Affric’s beauty has influenced the design of major civil engineering schemes, and the glen is now one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions.