Glen Affric is a favourite Glen of mine and as it is near where I live like many of these Glens it has great memories of long hill days with the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams. The glen is guarded by a narrow road of 10 miles and has changed since the Hydro came in 1947 and 1500 workers made the new scheme. We had great access in my early hill walking days thanks to the Estate and often stayed in the White Cottage on the Affric Estate now a private house. The Keeper at Affric Lodge the late Mr MacClennan was a great friend of the RAF Kinloss team for many years. I got a wagon stuck many years ago up by the Youth Hostel after doing all the Affric Munros in day. It was a bit of an epic and we just got the land rover out before the winter across the river. As Mr Mcclennan said its the last chance before winter and what an epic that was. My mate Keith Powell RIP would not sit in the wagon as we forded the river with the water pretty deep and it was as he said all my fault.
By common consent, Glen Affric is the finest of all Scotland’s glens. It features a fabulous variety of scenery and is deservedly popular with walkers. The glen begins amongst the steep, bare mountains of Kintail far in the west.Further downriver is beautiful Loch Affric, at the foot of the highest mountains north of the Great Glen. The middle part of the Glen is a National Nature Reserve, magnificently wooded with Scots Pine – one of the last remnants of the original Caledonian Forest. This is place of incredible beauty and peace and well worth a visit, this is Scotland at its finest in every season. The trees make this a special place huge Scots Pine with views of these great hills and in winter when snow capped incredible beauty. This is a place of wildlife and the stags and hinds will be about and many other animals that live in these wild glens. A few years ago I was in the area I watched an Eagle soar above me as I was enjoying a view on the Carn Eighe ridge what a site one that is hard to surpass.
Glen Affric is always a very special and beautiful place. A natural nature reserve and a site of special scientific interest. The glen has a real wilderness feel although, fences and buildings show that it has been inhabited for a long time. the hills will always be there.
The bothy at Strawberry Cottage – Location: At Western end of Loch Affric, on the North-side opposite Athnamulloch. OS Map 25, Grid Ref: 132207.
Strawberry Cottage owned by the An Teallach Mountaineering Club allows you to linger for a while and get the most out of your experience. Long days are the best, the hills deserve to be savoured and many of the fantastic ridges are not really accessible to the day tripper.
Facilities: 12 beds with mattresses and pillows (sleeping bags required), lighting by solar-panels in summer (can be topped-up by petrol generator (unleaded petrol required)), cooking by gas, well-equipped kitchen (all utensils, cutlery and crockery provided), wood-burning stove (logs or peat required), flush WC, drying room, water supplied by petrol-driven pump (unleaded petrol required). There are no showers.
Cost: £ 12.50pppn
Access: Access is strictly for two vehicles only (4x4s recommended). Parking for two vehicles is within 200 metres of Strawberry Cottage. Otherwise on foot from road-end at Loch Affric along circa 5 miles of rough track.
Further information about who will be driving in, along with times, will be posted in due course.
Nearby Hills: Munros – Mam Sodhail, Carn Eighe, Beinn Fhionnlaidh, An Socach, Mullach na Dheiragain, Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan, Sail Chaorainn, Sgurr nan Conbhairean. Corbetts – Carn a Choire Ghairbh, Aonach Shasuinn. plus many of the Kintail hills. The weather looks not great for Sunday!
All mountain areas of Britain from Saturday 6th August 2016
Deteriorating, particularly Scotland, on Saturday when winds strengthen and rain, or near Irish Sea coasts late in day, drizzle develops. Severe upland gales most mountain areas Saturday night before a slow drop in speed on Sunday – easing quickest Wales. Areas of rain likely Monday (detail uncertain), but much of next week chilly (coldest Wednesday/Thursday Scottish Highlands), sometimes showery, but the air often very clear indeed, and most summits frequently clear of cloud.
Saturday – Southwesterly. Strengthening from 15mph to 35 to 45mph by late afternoon. May exceed 50mph by dusk.
Sunday – Westerly 45 to 70mph. Least wind Arran and from afternoon Loch Lomond NP. Walking increasingly difficult where exposed on higher areas. Very difficult walking conditions indeed; any mobility difficult on some exposed areas. Severe wind chill.
Oh No !
It will be an interesting weekend, where is the summer.