Two small oases of ancient pinewood lie in a sea of commercial forest plantations alongside the River Orchy in Argyll and Bute. Owned by the Forestry Commission the woods are now part of a Caledonian Forest reserve with plans to restore native woodland in the area.
From the car park near the dramatic Orchy waterfalls well marked forest tracks lead through the plantations to the ancient pinewoods. The route can be challenging with several steep ascents and descents. A cycle route continues on to Bridge of Orchy for hotel accommodation or an old railway sleeping carriage.
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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