Visiting

If you want the chance to see red squirrels, stroll through ancient pinewoods carpeted with heather and blaeberry, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a golden eagle soaring overhead, the Caledonian Forest is the place to go. Details on some of the best remnants can be found below.


Glen Affric

Often described as one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland, Glen Affric is the site of one of the largest remaining fragments of Caledonian Forest. It is a paradise of shimmering lochs, ancient woodland and dramatic mountains.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A82
  • Turn right at Drumnadrochit onto the A831 & continue to Cannich
  • Just beyond Cannich, at the Hydroelectric power station, turn right onto a narrow road signposted Glen Affric
  • After 4 miles, Loch Beinn a'’Mheadhoin is on the left
  • The road ends just short of Loch Affric, where there is a picnic area.

Glen Strathfarrar

Glen Strathfarrar is a hidden gem that is clothed in ancient pine forest and mixed woodland, with glorious views of snow-capped mountains.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A862
  • Just before Beauly, keep to the left onto A831
  • Take the right turn just before Struy, where a small sign says Strathfarrar. There is a private road into the glen for vehicles, with limited opening times.

Beinn Eighe

Beinn Eighe was Scotland's first National Nature Reserve. Jagged mountain peaks rise from ancient pine forests and golden eagles soar overhead.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A9 north over the Kessock Bridge
  • At the roundabout, take the A835. Follow this over the next roundabout
  • Bear left onto the A832 at Gorstan
  • Bear right at Kinlochewe, staying on the A832
  • The visitors' centre is 2 miles further on the left

Abernethy

Abernethy Reserve extends from lowland pine forests up to the windswept Cairngorm plateau. Is the site of the RSPB's world famous osprey-viewing site at Loch Garten and is also a great place to watch red squirrels and capercaillie.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A9 south
  • Follow the signs to Aviemore
  • From Aviemore take the B9150/A95 and follow the RSPB ‘Osprey’ signs to Loch Garten.

Rothiemurchus

Rothiemurchus is a forest estate set in the heart of the Cairngorms. With activities such as river kayaking, mountain biking and pony trekking, it is the ideal holiday destination for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A9 South
  • Follow the signs to Aviemore
  • At the main junction just before Aviemore, take the B9152
  • Take the first left to Inverdruie
  • Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre is on the left.

Glenmore

Glenmore is a magnificent landscape of ancient pine forests where capercaillie still roam, set in the heart of the Cairngorms National park and surrounding beautiful Loch Morlich.
 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A9 South
  • Follow signs to Aviemore
  • At Aviemore, take the ski road East towards the Cairngorm skiing area.
  • After 6 miles, Loch Morlich is on your right.
  • The Visitors' Centre is just past the Loch on your left.

Mar Lodge



As well as some excellent remnants of ancient Caledonian Forest, Mar Lodge Estate contains four of the five highest mountains in the UK.

 

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Directions from Inverness:
  • Take the A9 south to Aviemore
  • Turn left onto the A938
  • Briefly join the A95 then turn right onto the A939 at the Spey Bridge
  • Follow the A939 past Tomintoul
  • Turn right onto the A93 to Braemar
  • Once at Braemar, turn right onto a single track road signposted “Linn of Dee”
  • Mar Lodge is 3 miles from Braemar, past Inverey and Muir.

Glen Tanar



Situated in Royal Deeside, Glen Tanar is the third largest pinewood in the UK and is a haven for rare capercaillie, black grouse and
 

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Directions from Inverness:

Take the A9 south to Aviemore

  • Briefly join the A95 then turn right onto the A939 at the Spey Bridge
  • Turn off onto the B976
 

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