Our website uses cookies throughout our system and to help us provide a better service. Continue to use the site as normal if you're happy with this, or click here to change your settings

Vehicle access to Strathfarrar

For many years, Mountaineering Scotland members wishing to explore the hills around Strathfarrar have been able to gain vehicular access to the 17-mile private road which leads up the glen under arrangements negotiated with the estates. 

Winter access

This year, however, we have been unable to agree satisfactory terms with Braulen Estate for vehicular access along the Strathfarrar Glen road during their winter close season, which commenced on 1st November 2022.

The estate says that the public is welcome to access the glen at any time under statutory rights and responsibilities as set out in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

There is a car park by the glen gate, and non-vehicular access continues to be available to members of the public who wish to enjoy Glen Strathfarrar between November and April.

Read our full statement on winter access. 

During the summer season (2 April 2022 to end of October) vehicle access is available to everyone, though controlled by a gate-keeper and subject to a number of conditions (see below). You do not need to advise Mountaineering Scotland if you wish to visit the glen during the summer access period.

  • The glen is closed to vehicles all day Tuesday, and closed Wednesday until 1.30pm

  • Daily opening times are:

    April               9am - 6pm
    May                9am - 7pm
    June                9am - 8pm
    July                  9am - 8pm
    August            9am - 8pm
    September     9am - 7pm
    October          9am - 6pm

  • Last vehicle access is one hour before closing time. 

  • A maximum of 25 vehicles are permitted in the glen on a given day. 

  • Vehicles can be parked at Mhullie Greens, just past Deanie power station at NH283386.

It is within your access rights to access the glen using non-motorised (disabled transport excepted) at all times of day or night, including wild camping (away from road and buildings). Please camp responsibly under the guidance in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.  

Your access rights do not, however, extend to your car, and, overnight parking is not permitted in Strathfarrar. If you wish to stay in the glen overnight you should either walk in, bike in, or arrange for someone to drop you off in the glen and then drive the vehicle out of the glen. Abuse of this arrangement could result in access to the glen for vehicles being revoked by the estate.

Deer management takes place on the Strathfarrar estates and may have implications for your walking or climbing plans. Please follow signs and notices provided by the estate about deer stalking.