WinterFest 10 – Glen Affric

WinterFest 10 takes place at Glen Affric from 29th January to 1st February 2010. WinterFest 10 is a winter walking festival that is sure to revitalise you after the festive break and possibly help to shed those unwanted pounds.

Glen Affric has some of the highest mountains north of the Great Glen, an ancient Caledonian Forest, a National Nature Reserve and some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the location of Glen Affric offers perfect winter walking.

The event is run in partnership  with Tiso Outdoor Experience, Inverness and Forestry Commission Scotland and costs £40 per walk or £110 for a 3 day pass. 

Guest House Inverness and B&B Inverness available via the Inverness Guest House Association.


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Walking in the Highlands – autumn in Glen Affric, near Inverness

Loch Affric in autumn

Loch Affric in autumn

Yesterday we spent a beautiful autumn afternoon walking in Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful places in the Highlands. It’s only about a 40 minute drive from Inverness to Glen Affric, but it’s as if one has been transported to another world – a magical world of lochs, waterfalls, mountains, and ancient woodland.

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric

Without the slightest of breezes to ruffle the water, the lochs were like glass. The trees were ablaze in their autumn glory, and the scarlet berries of the rowan trees were brilliant in the sunshine.

There are lots of different walks to do in Glen Affric – ranging from short trails along rocks and through woodland, or along forestry commission lanes, to longer hill walking treks. There are waterfalls at both Dog Falls and Plodda Falls.

Mountain views from Glen Affric

Mountain views from Glen Affric

If you are planning a visit to Inverness and enjoy walking, try not to miss the enchantment of Glen Affric. Your Inverness B&B accommodation provider will be happy to give your directions on how to reach Glen Affric. In summer there is a bus service available, running right into the Glen. In winter the bus service goes as far as Cannich.

For anyone walking the glens around Inverness, check out our Inverness bed and breakfast association website for the best places to stay in Inverness.


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Horse riding near Inverness – pony trekking in the Highlands

There are some great horse riding trails in the countryside near Inverness. The Highland Riding Centre is based at Borlum Farm, situated in the hills overlooking Loch Ness, and comprises over 400 acres of land with a real variety of field, mountain and forest paths. They cater for riding for all abilities. Borlum Farm (approved by the ABRS and the BHS) is also home to Riding for the Disabled.

Horse riding is also available in the stunning Glen Affric Nature Reserve, with Highland Pony Treks and Trail Rides. Guided walks are also available.

Exploring the beautiful Highland countryside by horseback is a wonderful day out for visitors enjoying Inverness guest house hospitality.


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