Coille na Glas Leitire

On the shore of Loch Maree sits a large pinewood, Coille na Glas Leitire, which was the first National Nature Reserve to be designated in Britain. Large islands in the loch also support magnificent pine trees.

The spectacular Torridon mountains convey a true wilderness experience. The distinctive summit of Beinn Eighe with its shimmering white quartzite slopes contrasts dramatically with the bottle green canopy of the mature pinewood.  Loch Maree is a large freshwater loch whose islands have an enchanting history encompassing religious hermits, a Viking love tragedy and a pagan wishing tree.  A Scottish Natural Heritage visitor centre at Beinn Eighe near Kinlochewe provides an excellent interactive experience on the wildlife and history of the area. There are a variety of marked trails to suit all abilities.

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