Glen Affric

Glen Affric is one very special place.

Instead of being managed for sheep grazing, deer stalking, grouse shooting, sport fishing or family recreation, like the vast majority of places in the Highlands, Glen Affric is managed to restore the Caledonian forest, the lost old-growth of Scotland.

No, what you normally see in Scotland is not the unspoilt pristine wilderness, it’s obviously the result of heavy human intervention, especially in the Victorian times. It’s still nice, I’ll concede, but you need to understand that it’s man-made.

A restoration project is man-made too, and and in this case it’s incomplete, since the upper reaches of the River Affric are still bare and the forest won’t be able to recover without human help.

If you’re reading this, then you’re a human. Blessing and curse.