Paths, parks and countryside areas

West Island Way

  • Start point: Kilchattan Bay
  • End point: Port Bannatyne
  • Distance or area: 30 miles (48km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Not to be confused with the West Highland Way, the West Island Way opened in 2000 to mark the millennium and was Scotland’s first long distance island footpath. It runs the complete length of the Isle of Bute featuring seashore, moorland, farmland and forest – not forgetting the great views of Arran and the Cowal peninsula.

More information:www.visitbute.com/Walking+on+Bute

Coulin

  • Start point: Loch Clair or Achnashellach railway station
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The mature pine trees in the Coulin wood beside the reed fringed Loch Clair provide an enchanting scene amongst the bleak surrounding moorland.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com

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.

More information:sandstonepress.com