This once large ancient pinewood suffered massive clearance of mature pine in the early 20th century and then was planted largely with non-native conifers. This Forestry Commission site is now undergoing a transition as conservation management clears out the alien trees to allow pine regeneration.

Glenmore is well equipped for a variety of outdoor activities including, walking, cycling cross country skiing and water sports on Loch Morlich. National Cycle route 7 and ‘the old logging way’ provide off-road access from Aviemore. Mature pine trees can be found on the routes from the Forestry Commission Glenmore Visitor centre around Loch Morlich and also on the track into Ryvoan pass. This old cattle droving route passes the secluded and delightful Lochan Uaine, the green lochan.

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