Walk: Dog Falls - a ruff! guide

Highland | Glen Affric | Half day walk | ★★★★

[The route culminates with a fantastic viewpoint for Glen Affric]

Dog Falls (woof!) has the most accessible trailhead in Glen Affric - perhaps one of the world's most beautiful glens. The waterfalls are pretty but views are frustratingly limited from the official viewing platforms, though with care it's possible to get closer to the river in a couple of spots. Forestry and Land Scotland have devised 3 waymarked trails which explore further afield than the falls themselves, and they can be easily combined to form a interesting circuit (albeit with a less interesting middle part). This culminates in a surprise view into the dramatic upper reaches of Glen Affric, with lofty Munros visible on a clear day, often snowcapped well into the summer months.

[Dog Falls]

📌 Walk: Dog Falls - a ruff! guide ★★★★
Start / finish at Dog Falls car park (charge), minor road 4 mi southwest of Cannich, G.R.: NH 283283 ///legs.aquatics.awaiting

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 250 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Dog Falls; Coire Loch; viewpoint for upper Glen Affric
Terrain: Clear but narrow paths at first with some rough sections, forestry tracks later on.

Route & map

Car park - Dog Falls - Coire Loch via yellow route - viewpoint via yellow, red then white routes - start. Area map here.

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: Dragonflies & damselflies, lizards, possibly a jay. 2015: Woodland birds, little grebe on Coire Loch.
Weather: 2020: Sunny intervals, temperature in mid teens, snow patches on highest hills. 2015: Sunny spells, occasional heavy showers, fresh snow on the Munros. 6°C at start, warming up.

Also on this walk

📌 Dog Falls ★★
Off minor road 2 mi west of Tomich, G.R.: NH 288283 ///gashes.sometime.forge
Always open | Free

💬 If not walking the full route, quickest access to the falls is a 10-min walk (each way), using the start of the route described above.

Chronological photo guide

[River Affric above Dog Falls]

[Dog Falls]

[Dog Falls]

[Dog Falls]

[Dog Falls]

[Dog Falls]

[River Affric downstream of Dog Falls]

[Coire Loch]

[Common Hawker]

[Brilliant Emerald]

[Coire Loch]

[Path beyond Coire Loch]

[Middle track section]

[Final viewpoint over upper Glen Affric]

[Descent to the finish]

[River Affric at the finish]


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