Glen Affric

"The setting of Glen Affric was inspirational. The beauty of the place will live with me forever."

Gary, Crianlarich

Our conservation work takes place in and around the National Nature Reserve at Glen Affric. Often described as one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, the glen's ancient woodlands and lochs are surrounded by mountain peaks, and the beautiful River Affric winds its way slowly through the glen. Glen Affric contains one of the largest, least disturbed native forests in the UK.

 

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You will be working close to Loch Affric, planting trees and felling non-native species to help connect the forest to the west. Other possible tasks include fence marking for black grouse conservation and returning to the Snowy Corrie, Coire an-t Sneachda, to fertilise trees planted in 2012.

Accommodation is at the Glen Affric Chalet Park, close to the River Glass in Cannich. There are two spacious, well-equipped chalets that offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. On-site laundry and drying facilities are available.

Sleeping bag not required.

Glen Affric is a beautiful place to explore and many people simply like to take a gentle walk around Loch Affric. For the more adventurous amongst you there are several Munros (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation) in the area, with the highest mountains north of the Great Glen on your doorstep. Plodda Falls and Dog Falls are other popular spots to visit. If you fancy a day's shopping, the Highland capital of Inverness is within easy reach on the bus.

Please note that the day off is also a day off for the leaders of the week. The minibus may sometimes be available for use as a group but you may need to rely on local transport to reach some of these locations.

Glen Affric is a haven for wildlife and we are lucky enough to regularly see the magnificent golden eagle, as well as ospreys during the breeding season. Other birds commonly seen include goosanders, woodcock, tawny owls and bar-tailed godwits. Otters are abundant throughout the area.

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