Paths, parks and countryside areas

Glen Tanar

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

The extent of this large pinewood covering over 1000ha remains much as it did on the 17th century Blaeu Atlas of Scotland. The structure of the wood has been much altered with centuries of felling, fire and grazing. Now much of this protected site is undergoing conservation management including a strict reserve zone in a small area owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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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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Guisachan and Cougie

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

Much of the original woodland in Guisachan forest has been destroyed by past commercial forestry activity but a new conservation programme is encouraging regeneration of the pines.

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Inshriach/Invereshie

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

Much of the pine forest on the lower reaches of the River Feshie is within a National Nature Reserve and some smaller areas of pine are within nearby Forestry Commission land.

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Loch Arkaig and Glen Mallie

  • Start point: Clunes near Gairlochy
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The vast mountains rising up from the huge Loch Arkaig makes for a dramatic backdrop to the pinewoods set into the north facing slopes.

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