Paths, parks and countryside areas

Meggernie

  • Start point: Bridge of Balgie, Glen Lyon
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The old wood of Meggernie lies in upper Glen Lyon near Meggernie Castle. Magnificent old trees between 200 and 300 years old cover the slopes on the south shore of the River Lyon and at Croch na keys.

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Ballochbuie

  • Start point: Old Bridge of Dee
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Part of the royal estate of Balmoral in Deeside, this large ancient pinewood was spared the 19th century fellings by the intervention of Queen Victoria. Some of the trees here are at least 400 years old and there are lovely areas of peatbog with stunted pine less than two metres tall and over 100 years old.

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Mar

  • Start point: Linn of Dee car park
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Mar forest on the south eastern slopes of the Cairngorms consists of three pinewoods occupying Glen Derry, Glen Quoich and Glen Luibeg. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, Mar estate is being managed primarily for conservation.

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Ardgour

  • Start point: Inverscaddle Bay or Glenfinnan
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Set deep in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula there are opportunities for challenging long walks or more gentle strolls which still offer magnificent view of old pines.

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Strath Vaich

  • Start point: Blackbridge car park
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Hugging the west shore of Loch Vaich this small pinewood holds some splendid mature pines and is undergoing restoration management in parts, to protect young trees.

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