Scattered mature pines stand on Dun Falloch and down Glen Falloch, once known as ‘the hidden glen’. This is the most southerly pinewood in Scotland. A large forest persisted here up till the 19th century when thousands of trees were felled leaving the 100 or so that we see today. From the 1980s fencing was erected to protect young trees from grazing animals, along with planting of saplings using seed and grafts from the mature pines.
The wood lies on the West Highland Way on the route of the 18th century military road. The Crianlarich hills with seven Munros create an impressive backdrop to the forest. The pinewood is easily reached on the track leading from Crianlarich railway station with its Victorian tearoom and nearby old coaching inn.
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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