Paths, parks and countryside areas

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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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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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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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.

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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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