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Surrounded by water and dotted with farms, forests and fishing villages, the Black Isle is rich in coastal and woodland wildlife. Strictly speaking, it’s a peninsula, not an island, but this corner of Scotland definitely has its own character.

Four women walking along a woodland trail with two dogs

Red kites soar overheard and dolphins are frequently seen off the coast. Tread quietly in the Black Isle's gentle pinewoods and you'll see and hear many thrilling smaller animals, like red squirrels, herons and mallards.

Forests to visit

Forest path heading uphill between treesClash Wood

A small woodland full of birdsong, close by Muir of Ord

Clash Wood


Loch surrounded by grass boundary and treesCulbokie

Wander with birdsong, fungi and wildflowers in Culbokie's pinewoods, then climb the steep ramparts of Carn Mòr dun.



Three mountain bikers on the ridge of a hillLearnie Red Rocks

Mountain bike thrills near Inverness with over 10 miles of purpose-built trails and something exciting for every level.

Learnie Red Rocks


Swampy forest floor and treesMonadh Mor

Rare and beautiful swamp woodland, where bonsai pines grow slowly and dragonflies dart in the summer air.

Monadh Mor


Girl tying a ribbon to a tree branchMunlochy Clootie Well

Short woodland trails beside an ancient and magical well. Tie your cloot to a branch and make a special wish.

Munlochy Clootie Well


Sunset sky above a forested hillOrd Hill

Drink in the view of Inverness and the Moray Firth, listen to the birdsong, explore the jumbled rocks of an Iron Age fort.

Ord Hill