The Glens Glen Affric is claimed by many to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland, with remnants of the old Caledonian pine forest. Loved and admired by photographers and artists. The Glen is a National Nature Reserve and conservation work is ongoing to preserve this area of oustanding natural beauty.
The public road goes some 10 miles into the Glen and en-route there are numerous places to stop with waymarked walks to enjoy. Enjoy the mountain and forest scenery and the splendour of Loch Affric and Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain (Benevean).
Strathfarrar (vehicle access is restricted) stretches all the way to lonely Loch Monar and also offers outstanding mountain scenery. Glen Cannich is visted less often than it's neighbours but is possibly the best location to view red deer all the year round.
Corrimony Corrimony is situated on the A831 between Drumnadrochit and Cannich. Here you will find an ancient 'Clava' type chambered cairn dating back some 4000 years. There is also an RSPB Nature Reserve dedicated to the preservation of an increasing population of Black Grouse.
Drumnadrochit & Urquhart Castle Drumnadrochit has some excellent visitor facilities including two exhibitions dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster. Urquhart castle, situated on the banks of Loch Ness just 2 miles south of Drumnadrochit, after a chequered past it was blown up in 1692 to prevent it becoming a Jacobite stronghold.
The castle is also situated by the deepest part of the loch and is the place boasting the most sightings of "Nessie." It is now cared for by Historic Environment Scotland and has an excellent Visitor Centre.
The Falls Plodda Falls are situated three miles from the conservation village of Tomich, (built by Lord Tweedmouth) and are one of the most spectacular falls in the Highlands.
A bridge over the falls was built by Lord Tweedmouth in 1880, restored by the Forestry Commission in the 1980s and eventually replaced in 2009. There are excellent views to be had of the falls with a viewing gallery near the foot.
Dog Falls is more a series of rapids but can be viewed thanks to waymarked walks along the river bank. There are also higher viewing platforms.
Beauly Beauly is some twelve miles from the Highland capital, Inverness. Beauly takes its name from the French "beau lieu" (beautiful place), often attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, but in fact dating back to the French monks who built Beauly Priory in 1230, long before her reign.
The Priory is situated just off the main Square that was established by Baron Lovat and dates back to the 1840s. Nearby is the pretty Lovat Memorial Garden.
Visitors to Beauly are invariably impressed with the quality and wide range of services on offer.In nearby Muir of Ord you will find the Glen Ord Distillery where visitors are made very welcome.
Inverness Inverness, the 'capital of the Highlands,' has much to offer the vistor with attractions such as the castle, museum, Caledonian Canal, St Andrews Cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Experience some retail therapy at the Victorian Market and Easgate Shopping Centre and enjoy fine dining in the city's bars, café and restaurants.
Not too far out of town are Fort George and the Culloden Visitor Centre two important historic sites and reminders of turbulent times in the Highlands.