To reach Dog Falls (coming from Drumnadrochit) go into Cannich and turn left at the junction, keep going, exit the village and you will come to a hydro station where there is a turning to the right, follow the signs for Dog Falls. There is a good car-park with toilet facilities and information boards as well as footpaths to Dog Falls. This is not suitable for disabled as there are lots of rocks and roots on the paths.
From the village of Cannich the glen changes once more, becoming known as Strath Glass as the river winds through the now wider, gentler and more fertile glen, and the river is joined by another flowing from Strathfarrar. At the foot of these glens is the town of Beauly, centred on an ancient priory.
Dog Falls is part of a Caledonian Forest Reserve managed by Forest Enterprise. The Forestry Commission purchased Glen Affric in 1951. Since then, positive conservation has reduced the core of the woodland. In 1994, Glen Affric was designated a Caledonian Forest Reserve of over 9000 hectares. Glen Affric has received a number of accolades over the years having been designated a Caledonian Forest Reserve, a National Scenic Area and finally in 2001 receiving full National Nature Reserve (NNR) status.
Glen Affric is a haven for wildlife. There is a wide range of habitats including high mountain and warm forest. Roe, Sika and Red deer are present. The spectacle of the Dog Falls at the foot of the glen leads the visitor to Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin, known for the excellence of its trout fishing and beyond, by pathways, along Loch Affric to enjoy the magnificence of the Highlands.
Entry Point Of Glen Affric:
- Dog Falls Carpark
- River Affric Carpark
- Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin Carpark
Dog Falls is a stunning carpark set in the middle of the Caledonian pinewoods. Dog Falls Carpark is in Glen Affric. Cannich, Tomich, Struy, Beauly, Balnain, Drumnadrochit, and Inverness are the nearest towns or villages. There are several walks into the core pine reserve from here. Watch for them at dawn or dusk, or on the open hill above tree line. Pine marten have increased in numbers over the past 10 years, although their nocturnal habits make a good sighting unlikely.
Red squirrel, badger, fox, otter, stoat and weasel may be found, in addition to voles, mice, Brown and Blue hare. The wild cat unfortunately is now quite rare. Frogs, toads, slow worm, adder and lizard add to this diverse community. The Dog Falls is a Waterfall, one of several Waterfalls in the Glen, but the most impressive. Dog Falls are so named because of the shape of the falls which follow the shape of a Dog’s leg. The Falls are a series of rapids and then the main Fall. The River here is spanned by a wooden Bridge which provides a perfect spot for a photo opportunity.
Although Pinemartin are difficult to see during the day, we know that they visit the picnic area at Dog Falls at night to ‘clear up’ anything left on the picnic tables. We have information about Red squirrel, Red deer, Roe deer, Badger and Otter. All the walks from Dog Dalls carpark are great for bird watching. In the carpark itself chaffinches have become very tame and may want to share your lunch. We have information about Golden eagle and Osprey.
Looking at the falls you can see where they have worn away the rock over time. Because the falls are very strong Salmon cannot jump them and go upstream to spawn so this is not a Salmon river. Watch out for the dipper which flies very fast and normally in a straight line.
Other creatures to watch out for here are Dragonflies, Glen Affric was where the Northern Emerald Dragonfly was discovered in 1869. There are 14 different breeds of dragonfly on the reserve some of which are very rare in Britain and one of which is very rare in Europe!
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