The old wood of Meggernie lies in upper Glen Lyon near Meggernie Castle. Magnificent old trees between 200 and 300 years old cover the slopes on the south shore of the River Lyon and at Croch na keys. Heavy deer grazing pressure in the last few centuries has limited the growth of young trees but recent conservation efforts are encouraging new growth within protected areas.

Glen Lyon is exceptional for its stunning landscapes and rich historic interest. This is a difficult area to reach by public transport with a long difficult hill trail in from Rannoch station or Bridge of Orchy. Alternatively there are pleasant walks signed from Bridge of Balgie with panoramic views of the pinewoods. Fortingal Yew, one of the oldest living things in Europe, is 11 kilometres further down the glen beside a famous coaching Inn and there is a cafe at the Bridge of Balgie.

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