A large series of woodlands between Amat and Glen Alladale at the head of Strath Carron include some of the most majestic and finest stands of ancient pinewood in the north of Scotland. This is a wonderful example of thriving ancient pinewood habitat in a spectacular mountain landscape.

This is an area of wonderful contrasting scenery.  Good surfaced roads and tracks lead from Strath Carron with its grassy croftland to the dramatic mountains and moorland with large old pines alongside the rapid waters of the River Carron.  Here amid the tumbling white waters there are waterfalls and deep pools where salmon can be seen leaping. The scene then shifts to the gentle meandering River Alladale with a pinewood standing a like a lone sentinel guarding the dark head of the glen. Alladale estate is home to a unique forest experiment aimed at introducing animals such as boar and elk which were once part of the ancient forests special wildlife. Strath Carron holds several places offering accommodation with the small church yard at Croick is worth a visit to learn about one of the sad tales from the era of the Highland Clearances.

Content by Clifton Bain adapted from The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland: A Traveller's Guide, Clifton Bain, Sandstone Press, RRP £24.99.

The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland: A Traveller's Guide