This large pinewood on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch deep in the Grampian mountains and once the legendary home of thieves and outlaws. The Forestry Commission have had a presence here for over 60 years. It has been declared a Forest Nature Reserve with ambitious plans to restore the old pinewood after several decades of adjacent planting with non-native conifers.
This imposing and magnificent wood offers a true wilderness experience as well as catering for a wide range of visitor. The Forestry Commission provides well marked walking and cycling routes and information boards. A challenging but rewarding hill path leads from the Black Wood south through Lairig Ghallabhaich to Glen Lyon.
Content by Clifton Bain adapted from The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland: A Traveller's Guide, Clifton Bain, Sandstone Press, RRP £24.99.
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