Paths, parks and countryside areas

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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Shieldaig

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

The small pinewood which occupies the steep craggy slopes of Ben Shieldaig is the most westerly of all Scotland’s ancient pinewoods. The trees extend down to the main road where several magnificent specimens over 250 years old line the shore of Loch Dughaill.

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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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Tyndrum

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

Coille Corie Chuilc Pinewood sits nestled in the foothills of Ben Lui near the village of Tyndrum. It is hard to avoid a feeling of being in a primeval landscape although the truth is that human influence has greatly shaped the area.

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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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