The mature pine trees in the Coulin wood beside the reed fringed Loch Clair provide an enchanting scene amongst the bleak surrounding moorland.

Set within the vast Torridon mountains this is a remote and challenging environment.  There are three main blocks of woodland along the course of the River Coulin. A strenuous but rewarding walk can be taken through the Coulin pass, an ancient route that leads to Achnashellach railway station. Part of the dramatic West Highland line, trains run to Inverness from here.

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