Paths, parks and countryside areas

Glen Orchy

  • Start point: Eas Urchaidh car park
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Two small oases of ancient pinewood lie in a sea of commercial forest plantations alongside the River Orchy in Argyll and Bute. Owned by the Forestry Commission the woods are now part of a Caledonian Forest reserve with plans to restore native woodland in the area.

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Black Wood of Rannoch

  • Start point: Carie
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

This large pinewood on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch deep in the Grampian mountains and once the legendary home of thieves and outlaws. The Forestry Commission have had a presence here for over 60 years.

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Glen Falloch

  • Start point: Crianlarich
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Scattered mature pines stand on Dun Falloch and down Glen Falloch, once known as ‘the hidden glen’. This is the most southerly pinewood in Scotland.

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Glen Tanar

  • Start point: Bridge of Tanar
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The extent of this large pinewood covering over 1000ha remains much as it did on the 17th century Blaeu Atlas of Scotland. The structure of the wood has been much altered with centuries of felling, fire and grazing. Now much of this protected site is undergoing conservation management including a strict reserve zone in a small area owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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Glen Avon

  • Start point: Queens View car park, Tomintoul
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

A handful of mature pines in a secluded river bank deep in the Grampian Mountains is all that remains of this forest. Conservation work is now helping extend the wood around the Linn of Avon, an attractive water feature 12km south of Tomintoul.

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