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Experience stunning Glen Affric by hire car

Exploring the Stunning Glen Affric

As a launch pad for Scotland's most arresting examples of natural beauty, Inverness is hard to beat. From the nominal capital of the Highlands, you can easily drive to Loch Ness, the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis. What's more, in just a couple of hours you can also reach a stretch of land described as the most stunning place in all of Scotland: Glen Affric. A vast expanse of lochs, moorlands, mountains and forest, it's best accessed, at least initially, by car.

Glen Affric sits southwest of the pretty village of Cannich and around 24km due west of Loch Ness, home (perhaps) to a certain long-necked creature. Winding through the glen is the River Affric, which opens out into Lochs Affric and Beinn a’ Mheadhoin, both of which are popular with wild swimmers. Despite the glen’s broad size, there is only a minor public road that passes through it, but to experience this part of Scotland in all its splendour, perhaps it’s only right to travel further by foot.

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Loch Affric surrounded by snowcapped mountains