The small pinewood which occupies the steep craggy slopes of Ben Shieldaig is the most westerly of all Scotland’s ancient pinewoods. The trees extend down to the main road where several magnificent specimens over 250 years old line the shore of Loch Dughaill.

The village of Shieldaig nestled in the shore of Loch Torridon was purpose built in the 19th Century to train soldiers for the Napoleonic wars. Now it is a picturesque and peaceful retreat with excellent shoreline walks.  There are also boat trips available around Loch Shieldaig to see the dramatic scenery and amazing wildlife including white-tailed sea eagles.  Shieldaig island with its impressive stand of tall Scots pine is thought to have been planted to provide poles for drying fishing nets.

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