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Loch Affric loop

Length
17.6 Kms
Elevation gain
345.1 m
Max elevation
322.1 m
Difficulty
****
Rating
*****
Type
Loop
Route id
574
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
8.7 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
8.9 Kms
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Directions to start point
A tremendous running route around Loch Affric in one of Scotland's most beautiful areas. The first half of the route on the north side of Loch Affric offers some technical running while the second half is on well made.
On leaving the car park the forest road takes you alongside the river towards the Affric lodge. This is a nice easy part of around
1.6 Kms
which ends when you arrive at one of the gates to the lodge grounds. A signpost points the way to the trail style path that goes around the lodge grounds before bringing you back onto the main path. From here the best of the route awaits including the chance to catch sight of golden eagles.
The north side route seems to contain every variety of trail and you have a few small fords to cross so expect to get wet feets. Parts can be slippy and difficult to run so extra care is required. This section has most of the elevation of the route as well. However, this is a really wonderful area to be in and it can at times take your breath away just by it's beauty.
At
8.9 Kms
you arrive at the main Affric-Kintail trail and from here the path starts to improve in quality. A small bridge takes you over the river and you get to enjoy a whole new perspective of the wonderful views. There is a large ford just after the river crossing but a small footbridge is available to the left of the ford, about 30 away.
After
10 Kms
we start to climb again although there are some short downhills along the way. You will soon reach the fork in the trail where a left takes you downhill and across the bridge back to the car park.
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park head towards the main road

0
2
Turn left going down the dirt road with the river to your left

0
3
At the Affric Lodge gate take the signposted path on the right

1.6
4
On reaching the main path turn right away from the lodge

2
5
On meeting the Affric-Kintail trail turn left

8.9
6
Take the small path on the left to cross the stream using the small bridge

9.6
7
Keep left on the Affric-Kintail trail

10.3
8
Take the path on the left towards the car park

17.1
9
Over the bridge

17.4
10
And back at the car park

17.6
Car park area
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Loch Affric car park
Car park area
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Start of the forest road towards Affric lodge
Path around the lodge
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Strat of the trail path
Path around the lodge
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Path around the lodge
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Looking back at Affric lodge
Start of the climb
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Good quality surface at this point
Start of the climb
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Further along
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Further along
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Further along
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Puddle road
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Wet feet
Waterfall view
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Keep on the lookout for eagles
Waterfall view
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Waterfall view
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Waterfall view
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Waterfall view
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The deepest of the fords to cross
Waterfall view
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Waterfall view
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Top of the loch
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Looking back
Top of the loch
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Top of the loch
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Top of the loch
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Top of the loch
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From the bridge
Junction
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Affric-Kintail signpost
South side
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Loch Affric to the left
South side
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Stone seat
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Perhaps too cold to sit on
Final section
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Just before turn off to the bridge
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