Forests in The Great Glen
The Great Glen (An Gleann Mor) follows 80 miles of lochs and rivers from Glencoe and Fort William in the south to Inverness in the north. It's a fantastic natural route through the Scottish Highlands, with exceptional scenery and gorgeous forests. You can walk, cycle and canoe the Great Glen Way, or drive along the A82 and explore dozens of waymarked trails as you go.
Along the way, you can find sumptuous old oaks, impressive conifers, classic Scots pines and pretty native woodlands full of bluebells. Just take your pick. Open our map to explore the whole area.
Forests to visit
Drumnadrochit and North Loch Ness
Peace and quiet away from the beaten track along Loch Ness. The trail here offers a good long spell of peace and quiet amidst the trees.
Picnic in peace amongst hazels, birch and ash on Loch Ness's southern shore.
For big trees, grand views and a rocky crag with Viking associations, start at Drumnadrochit.
Oaks, atmosphere and dramatic waterfalls over Urquhart Bay. Watch water tumble 100 feet to the Divach Burn.
Beautiful colours, red squirrels and a magical hill loch on the quiet side of Loch Ness.
Fort Augustus and South Loch Ness
A beautiful burn winds through pine and birch woods above Loch Ness.
A good place for spotting squirrels foraging for pinecones or listening to birdsong and the dreamy sound of flowing water.
Commanding views over the Caledonian Canal from an Iron Age hill fort.
Invergarry and Loch Oich
Follow the river to a waterfall through tall Scots pines and soothing native woodland.
Stop the car. Spread out a picnic and wiggle your toes in the loch.
A beautiful glen with stunning views of Britain’s highest mountain.
Miles of routes snake across the northern side of Ben Nevis, with lots of choices for gentle cycling, walking and running.
Hill walkers and climbers head here for the crags of Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. However, a waymarked trail gives everyone a taste of the wild northern slopes.