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Monadh Mor

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Monadh Mor Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Bogs, swamps, dragonflies and bonsai pines

This is one of the best places in Scotland to see rare bog woodland. Over 100 hectares of naturally wet woodland has been restored in Monadh Mor and the birch and pine trees here co-exist in a finely balanced relationship with the ponds, swamps and mosses. In the wettest areas, tree growth is so slow that the tiny bonsai-like pines can be hundreds of years old.

Monadh Mor – The Big Moor – is a remnant of the extensive bog woodland which once covered the Black Isle ridge. It's the largest area of forest bog in Scotland, and classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s unusually rich in plant species and invertebrates, making it an excellent place to spot dragonflies and damselflies in summer.

Our guide to the forests of Ross and Cromarty (PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails


Monadh Mor Trail

Explore Scotland's largest woodland bog, home to a range of fascinating wildlife and some good views over the Beauly Firth.

Mostly wide, firm gravel surface, with some uneven sections. Short moderate slopes. Several wet and muddy areas. Includes a gap 1.2m wide.

4 ¼ miles / 6.9 km

2½ hours

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Monadh Mor undulates from drier forested ridges, covered with mature Scots pine and birch, to boggy wet hollows, where standing water forms into ponds and the trees are stunted and small. It's a rare and beautiful landscape worth returning to at different times of year.

Facilities & access


Life's essentials

The nearest place for toilets or a cup of tea is Tore with plenty of other choices a little further away in Dingwall.

Getting here

From Tore roundabout take the A835 towards Dingwall for 1½ miles (2.4 km). The car park is on your right.

Using SatNav?

IV6 7SF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is a bus stop on the A835 next to the forest car park with a regular bus service between Tore and Dingwall. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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