Glen Strathfarrar

"Words can't describe how brilliant it was. I'd love to see the glen in 250 years; I'm so glad to be a link in the chain."

Katharine, Edinburgh

Glen Strathfarrar is a hidden gem that stretches from the wooded river flats of Strathglass westwards into snow-capped mountains. Native forest rivalling that of the better known Glen Affric clothes the lower slopes, with large areas of Scots pine and some fine old oak and aspen stands; above there are extensive areas of open heath. The glen is designated at UK and European levels for its natural interest and stunning landscape.

 

 

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We will be working with the local landowner and Scottish Natural Heritage to plant a new area, continuing a programme of forest regeneration that began in the 1980s. We will plant a variety of species, including sessile oak, aspen, juniper, holly and hazel, to diversify the current woodland structure. Although there is only a short walk to the planting site, the terrain is steep and rough and we will be planting in unprepared ground - this is a week for those who enjoy a good physical challenge!

Accommodation is at Culligran Cottages. These comfortable and spacious wooden chalets are set in tranquil surroundings in this stunning glen. They are each equipped with a large open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area and there are on-site laundry and drying facilities.

Please bring a sleeping bag.

Loch Ness is within easy reach and provides numerous options for your day off, including the popular Loch Ness Monster Exhibition at Drumnadrochit, boat trips on the loch from Fort Augustus, and the famous Urquhart Castle. Plodda Falls and Culligran Falls are other popular locations to visit. For the more adventurous amongst you, there are a number of Munroes (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation) to tackle in the area.

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 Strathfarrar is home to Scottish crossbills and crested tits and is a great place for spotting the magnificent golden eagle. It is one of the few sites in the UK that has a resident breeding population of whooper swans. Red deer are abundant in the glen, charismatic pine martens live in the forested areas and otters are also present.

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