Black Wood of Rannoch

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.

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