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Attractions

ViewBesides being close to the renowned attractions of the Central Highlands including Inverness, Cawdor and Urquhart Castles, Loch Ness, Culloden battlefield and Fort George, the stunning scenery surrounding The Struy Inn provides glorious places to visit on the doorstep.

The attractive town of Beauly – with its romantic ruined priory – is a short drive along the glen, and provides most services together with a selection of gift shops, art and antique dealers.

En route to Beauly, the Kilmorack and Beauly Galleries are well worth a visit for those with an interest in art. If however your interest lies more in the art of distilling single malt whisky, the nearby Glen Ord distillery offers tours and tasting sessions.

At the opposite end of the glen to Beauly, the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve offers what many believe to be some of the most beautiful and wild scenery in Britain. The glen is renowned for one of the UK’s largest native Caledonian pine forests. Affric and the neighbouring glens of Cannich and Strathfarrar provide access to some of the most remote parts of the British mainland, with stunning mountains, moorlands, lochs and waterfalls. Of particular note is the waterfall at Plodda, which is over 40 meters high.

The glens are a haven for wildlife, with roe, sika and red deer roaming the hills. Harder to spot are the red squirrels, pine martens, otters, stoats, badgers, weasels and foxes. Among the more than 100 species of birds to be found in these areas, Golden eagles, buzzards, grouse and capercaillie can be seen. Marked trails provide walks for all levels, from short strolls to challenging multi-day hikes.

Activities

ViewsThe area is a mecca for outdoor pursuits.

The scope for walking is almost limitless. From the Struy Inn’s front door one could walk through complete wilderness to Scotland’s West coast. For those who like a climb, the area has 13 Munros (besides many smaller peaks) including Carn Eighe (1181m) and Mam Sadhail (1183m).

Being at point where the Glass and Farrar rivers merge to become the Beauly, fishing beats are located from within several minutes walk of the inn, as well as at the lochs further up the glens. The rivers and lochs of the Strathglass area are renowned for Atlantic salmon and wild brown trout, with the trout season running from April 1st to October 6th, and salmon fishing from July 1st to October 15th.

There are opportunities to stalk deer in the area, with the main season running from July 1st to October 20th.

Ample scope for cycling exists: well paved and quiet roads for those with racing bikes, and many tracks and slopes for your mountain bike. On Tuesdays, the 17 miles of tarmac running up Glen Strathfarrar are closed to traffic, making for an especially pleasant cycle.

Pony trekking in complete isolation and wilderness is available from the hamlet of Cougie, at the end of the glen. A nine-hole golf course is also located five minutes drive from the inn at Aigas.