Paths, parks and countryside areas

Romans & Reivers Route

  • Start point: Ae
  • End point: Hawick
  • Distance or area: 52 miles (83km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Although initiated by the British Horse Society Scotland, the Romans & Reivers Route is a multi-use trail than can also be enjoyed by walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders alike with the terrain covered including old Roman roads, forest tracks, drove roads and quiet lanes.

More information:www.southofscotlandcountrysidetrails.co.uk

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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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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Rhidorroch

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

The pinewood lies in the tranquil Glen Achall near the purpose built 18th century fishing town of Ullapool. Once the gathering ground for driven cattle heading to the markets in the east the glen holds many delights from broad flood plans to steep crags and majestic waterfalls. Birch and pinewoods lie to the east of Loch Achall.

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Achnashellach

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

Mature Scots pine stand amongst an old plantation in this Forestry Commission site. Large scale pinewood restoration is taking place to remove the non-native trees and return the area to pinewood habitat.

More information:sandstonepress.com