Paths, parks and countryside areas

Abernethy

  • Start point: Loch Garten Osprey Centre
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The largest of the ancient pinewoods this famous RSPB nature reserve and the adjacent Dell wood owned by Scottish Natural Heritage supports one of the greatest examples of near natural forest in Britain. Conservation management is ongoing to help extend and repair parts of the woods that suffered damage in previous centuries.

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Glenmore

  • Start point: Glenmore Visitor Centre
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

This once large ancient pinewood suffered massive clearance of mature pine in the early 20th century and then was planted largely with non-native conifers. This Forestry Commission site is now undergoing a transition as conservation management clears out the alien trees to allow pine regeneration.

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Blackmount

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

Three woods, Glen Fuar, Doire Darach and Crannach, make up the Blackmount woods near Loch Tulla on the edge of the great Rannoch Moor peatland.

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Glen Ferrick and the Finlets

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

The ancient pinewoods at Glen Ferrick and the Finlets along the Water of Feugh lie in the Forest of Birse in Deeside. Nowadays the woods are being managed for conservation and natural regeneration is abundant with young pine springing up through the heather.

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Rothiemurchus

  • Start point: Rothiemurchus Centre
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The second largest of the ancient pinewoods and a favourite tourist destination at the ‘gateway to the Highlands’ in Strathspey. Some magnificent mature pine trees, remnants of the large fellings during the two world wars, are surrounded by new growth of young trees.

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