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Dog Falls

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Dog Falls Forest Notice

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
  • Toilets are open.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.


Some sections of the Dog Falls Trail are rough and uneven. We hope to repair these as soon as possible.

Picnic by rushing rapids, with glorious woodland walks

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 which are almost luminous. 

Our guide to Glen Affric (PDF 4.6MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Viewpoint Trail

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.

Strenuous
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

This classic viewpoint is deservedly a popular place for photographers.

Walking

Dog Falls Trail

A trail notice is in effect

Some sections of the Dog Falls Trail are rough and uneven. We hope to repair these as soon as possible.

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.

Strenuous
2 miles / 3.2 km

Allow
1¼ hours

More information

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.

Walking

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.

Strenuous
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

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 signposts along the forest track that bring some of the glen’s creatures to life.

Facilities & access

Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

All visitor facilities - including the car park and toilets - are closed until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

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.

Getting here

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.

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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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