The second largest of the ancient pinewoods and a favourite tourist destination at the ‘gateway to the Highlands’ in Strathspey. Some magnificent mature pine trees, remnants of the large fellings during the two world wars, are surrounded by new growth of young trees.

Rothiemurchus is a popular holiday venue and has many well marked routes for all abilities as well as catering for a wide range of visitor interests. National cycle route 7 leads from Aviemore towards Inverdruie and the Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre. Several cycling and walking routes offer a variety of short and long distance trails around the forest including the renowned Loch an Eilein and its 14th century castle ruin.

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