The most northerly remaining ancient pinewood in Scotland with scattered trees along the banks of the River Einig. A Forestry Commission site undergoing conservation management with good paths in a remote heather moorland setting.
Glen Einig in the far reaches of the Highlands is a small yet inspiring woodland landscape in the process of transformation. A few hundred mature pine lie scattered across an area that was once heavily planted with commercial non-native conifers. These ‘aliens’ have now been removed to allow the pines and broadleaved trees to regenerate as part of a major native woodland restoration plan for the area. There are walks along the south bank of the River Einig site to Duag Bridge which offers excellent views back over the glen. The old stone built Oykel Bridge, a few yards from the current modern one which now carries the A837 is well worth a visit. An old school with its corrugated roof and abandoned crofts dotted around the moors are a reminder of the fact that these isolated areas once held numerous families.
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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