Part of the royal estate of Balmoral in Deeside, this large ancient pinewood was spared the 19th century fellings by the intervention of Queen Victoria. Some of the trees here are at least 400 years old and there are lovely areas of peatbog with stunted pine less than two metres tall and over 100 years old.

The route through Ballochbuie is popular with hill walkers on their way to the towering cliffs of Lochnagar. From the 18th century Invercauld bridge ‘the old Brig o Dee’ there are several walking and cycling routes through the mature pine trees leading onto open moorland with panoramic views of the forest and down to the River Dee.

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