A handful of mature pines in a secluded river bank deep in the Grampian Mountains is all that remains of this forest. Conservation work is now helping extend the wood around the Linn of Avon, an attractive water feature 12km south of Tomintoul.
A hill track leads from Tomintoul and eventually alongside the River Avon into this remote mountainous area. The starting point at Tomintoul is reputedly one of the highest villages in the Scottish Highlands so this is a route that is best suited for those with moderate hill walking experience. Although the wood is presently only small this is a wonderful place for experiencing the wild Grampians. Tomintoul offers a variety of catering and accommodation to suit all budgets.
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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