Coille Corie Chuilc Pinewood sits nestled in the foothills of Ben Lui near the village of Tyndrum. It is hard to avoid a feeling of being in a primeval landscape although the truth is that human influence has greatly shaped the area. Much of the forest of pine and oak that once covered the surrounding moorland, was felled to fuel iron foundries and to provide props for lead and gold mines. The most notable feature today is the lack of young trees due to livestock grazing. A conservation area has been established with fencing deep in the wood to help protect the new growth.

Set in the loch Lomond and Trossochs National park the pinewood is a short walk detour off the West Highland Way walking route. There are pleasant walks from either Crianlarich or Upper and Lower Tyndrum railway stations. This is a popular area of hill walkers heading for the munros of Ben Oss and Ben Lui.  Look out for gold panners on the River Fillan and its well worth a visit to the nearby St Fillan’s Chapel. Tyndrum has an inn and cafes and there is camping accommodation on the outskirts of Tyndrum as well as wooden wigwams at Auchterley Farm.

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