Thursday, 28 September 2023
A rushing burn, and an ancient woodland of tall trees
Come and meet some of Britain’s tallest trees: Douglas firs towering at over 65 metres in height. We also have Britain’s tallest larch and Britain’s tallest lime tree. They thrive in the shelter of the steep sided gorge here.
James Baillie Fraser (1783 – 1856), the Scottish explorer, may have planted the biggest trees. James was inspired by his travels – the stone bridge here is modelled on one at the Ravenna Gorge in Italy. The Fraser family owned this area for over 500 years before they sold it in 1949.
Tall Trees Trail
Explore a magical mossy glen towered over by some remarkable firs, cedars and spruces, including some of Britain’s tallest trees.
Firm, mostly wide gravel surface with uneven and muddy sections. Includes some steep slopes and steps. One narrow bridge and a short section along the road.
Allow ¾ hour
A charming route through cathedral-like Douglas Firs with the sound of the Moniack burn tumbling below. Look out for the 19th century stone bridge and grotto at the top of the trail. They're based on features the owner admired during his travels on the continent.
Upper Reelig Trail
Take a walk through the magnificent beech, pine and fir woodland above the glen.
Long steep slopes and some uneven rocky steps. Mostly wide, uneven earthy surface. Some exposed tree roots and muddy sections.
Allow 1 hour
Facilities and access
There are toilets and places to eat in Beauly.
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 Inverness, take the A862 west towards Beauly. After about 6½ miles (10.5 km), turn left onto a minor road signposted to Moniack and Clunes. Take a left fork after a long straight stretch of road and continue for another ½ mile (800 metres) mile to reach the small car park.
IV5 7PR is the nearest postcode.
Buses to Moniack pass within ½ mile (800 metres) of Reelig Glen. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Walk through history and visit the home of a Pictish king
Drink in the view, listen to the birdsong, explore the past