Glen Affric offers some of the finest walking and hiking trails in the Scottish Highlands.
Although Glen Affric is only about one hour away from Dingwall it is being included in Day Trips as there is quite a lot to see there and along the way and it is a slower drive due to single track roads.
Firstly - go prepared. You will need good walking shoes, weather appropriate clothes, midge spray and possibly nets depending on how much walking you plan on doing, water and food, money for parking (see below).
A good route to take is the A831 as you get a very scenic route along the River Glass and is also a good new route to explore if you have already been down the A82 to see Loch Ness. If you start your Satnav journey entering the town of Tomich and checking it takes you via the A831. Things to watch out for are Kilmorack Gallery, the driftwood man and the Beauly Highland Cow. Be aware that after the larger towns the road is single track with passing points.
Tomich is a very small village with a few hidden treasures. Besides the delightful cottages in the town you will find a "Free Library", a very grand Victorian water fountain and a statue commemorating The Golden Retriever. There is also The Coach House Café that has the most divine homemade cakes and offers the last toilet stop before going to Plodda Falls - also on offer is local craft and jewellery.
Tomich's Free Library
Continue south along the road from Tomich and you will see signs for Plodda Falls. Parking is free, but there are no toilet facilities. There is a free guide at the start that covers the entire Glen Affric area. The walk to the falls is not far, but good walking shoes are needed as the slopes are quite steep. There is an amazing viewing point looking out over the top of the main falls and another one at the bottom of the falls. You can do the circular white route to and from the falls, or there is a longer walk of 1.5 miles (2.4kms) that will take you through the forests around the falls.
Return back and head through Tomich, and a little along at a T-junction (with a church) turn left - sign saying Glen Affric. The first stop along here is Dog Falls. There is a parking charge here - currently £1 for an hour, £1.50 for up to 3 hours and £2 for the day - this is on a Pay and Display basis so you will need the correct coinage. There are toilet facilities here. There are three different walking trails at this point between 1.75 miles (2.9kms) and 2.75 miles (4.kms).
Further along you have another parking point - this is free - at Loch Beinn a'Mheadhain (pronounced loch ben-a-vey-an). This is a perfect place to stop for lunch at one of the picnic benches provided overlooking the loch. There is an abundance of birds around for the avid birdwatcher.
Further along the road you will find another parking point (also pay and display as above) at the start of River Affric. There is a short walk to the river or across the road from the parking is a route up the hill to view the mountains. There is also a 12 mile hiking trail around Loch Affric - allow at least 5 hours for this walk.