Thursday, 28 September 2023
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.
Facilities and access
The nearest place for toilets or a cup of tea is Tore with plenty of other choices a little further away in Dingwall.
Car parking information
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
From Tore roundabout take the A835 towards Dingwall for 1½ miles (2.4 km). The car park is on your right.
IV6 7SF is the nearest postcode.
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.
Visit the well and make a wish in this gentle woodland
A small woodland full of birdsong, close by Muir of Ord