I am just back in the office after joining this fantastic trip; Wilderness Walking – High Summits of Glen Affric & Kintail! I set off early on Saturday morning, leaving the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh behind me and was in the Highlands, at the summit of Meall Fuar-Mhonaidh by mid-afternoon!!
Looking out over Loch Ness with views towards the Cairngorms in one direction and towards Kintail in the opposite direction, I really did feel like I was in the heart of Scotland. Glen Affric is beautiful and I was extremely content exploring the area. From Plodda Falls & Dog Falls flowing off Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin to the summits of the area’s iconic peaks.
The Scot’s pine trees here are wonderful! One of our partner conservation charities, Trees for Life, are busy regenerating and restoring the Caledonian Forest in the area. It was such a joy to see the work they are doing. Also enjoying the Scottish pine forest were the Scottish Crossbills! With their crossed beak they are experts at feeding off the seeds from the pine cones. An abundance of life surrounded me. Sphagnum moss, lichens, tormentil, foxglove, cottongrass, devils-bit and not to mention the glorious purple glow of the Scottish heather. Throughout the trip I was also fortunate to see deer, buzzards, frogs, peacock butterflies, dragonflies and wild boar! The latter being not so wild but introduced to a fenced enclosure on Dundreggan, as part of the regeneration work of Trees for Life.
The high point of the trip (in more ways than one!) was reaching the summits of Sgurr Fhuarthuill (1048m) and Creag Ghorm a Bhealich (1032m). The sun was shining on us as we made our way up the mountain. Getting close to the summit the clouds became rather atmospheric, circling around us and underfoot! It was well worth it, and they cleared as we reached the top, revealing the spectacular views! Writing this, from my desk in the office, I am already thinking ahead to my next Scottish wilderness walking adventure!
Due to demand we’ve now added a tweaked wilderness walking trip to Glen Affric this autumn. It’s a simply stunning location when the trees are changing. Find out more about the Glen Affric trip here.