Glen Affric, Scotland
The 10,000 acre Glen Affric Estate is thought to be amongst the most beautiful in Scotland, sited as it is within the Highlands National Nature Reserve. The Lodge is dated Victorian and took about 12 years to be built for Lord Tweedsmouth who then gave it and the Estate to a much-loved daughter on the occasion of her marriage. About 5 years ago, new Owners undertook to attempt faithfully to restore what was put in place originally. Hydroelectricity has been added plus 3 phase power and generally new infrastructure throughout and although renewed or restored the interior décor and furnishings remain looking pretty much the same as has always been the case. Whereas, and a century or so ago, Lord Tweedsmouth and family and their guests busied themselves deer stalking most days in season – times have changed a bit and the entertainment options at Affric now are infinitely more varied.
Glen Affric is a beatiful, scenic glen south-west of the village of Cannich in the Highland region of Scotland, some 15 miles to the west of Loch Ness. The River Affric runs along its length, passing through Loch Affric and Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin.
Glen Affric is a magical mix of native woods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland. It features over 30 miles of ancient pinewoods and is one of the largest ancient Caledonian pine woods in Scotland. You can wander amongst the pine trees accompanied by the chirpy calls of woodland birds. Elsewhere you might encounter ospreys, secretive otters or red- and black-throated divers. Come in autumn and you’ll be inspired by the mosaic of colour and the echoing roar of red deer stags.