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The circuit of Loch Affric

By Julian Paren

The walk around Loch Affric passes through Scots Pine woodland and open moorland with fine views of the neighbouring mountains and Loch Affric. Glen Affric is considered one of Scotland's finest glens and in reaching the River Affric car park at the end of the public road to start the walk you will have passed through delightful woodland and loch scenery.

The circuit of Loch Affric is around 18 km and taken leisurely in good weather could take 7 hours.

According to Wikipedia

Loch Affric is one of two large lochs within Glen Affric, further up the glen to the southwest of Loch Beinn a' Mheadhoin. The River Affric is the main inflow and outflow for both lochs.

A number of smaller lochs surround Loch Affric. At the southwestern end sits Loch Coulavie located at the base An Tudair Beag and a slightly higher elevation. Also at the south western end, the River Affric flows into the tiny loch of Loch na Camaig. At the north eastern side, Loch Pollan Fearna drains into Loch Affric.

Much of the area around the loch is mountainous. To the north, is Sgrr na Lapaich (1074 m) and An Tudair (1036 m), outlying Munro Tops of Mam Sodhail. To the south lie the Corbetts of Aonach Shasuinn (888 m) and Carn a' Choire Ghairbh (865 m).

The walk is described on the Walk Highland site

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My wife and I enjoyed the walk meeting my daughter at the foot of the footpath from Mam Sodhail after she had spent two days Munro climbing with a high level camp by the lochan below the ridge of Sron Garbh.
You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .


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