Picnic by the shore at this stunning lochside forest
Half way between Gairloch and Kinlochewe, you can stroll beneath the trees and picnic by Loch Maree, with superb views across the water to the mountains of Letterewe.
There are pockets of ancient oak and birch woodland in the forest, while the islands in the loch hold pristine remnants of ancient Caledonian Pinewood. Visit nearby Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve to explore this magical environment at close quarters.
Explore on foot
Slattadale is the start (or finish) for the Tollie path, a fine 5 mile (8 km) route to Poolewe. It takes you through pine woodland and open moorland, and makes a good there-and-back-again outing to enjoy the views in both directions. Watch for wildlife as you go: black throated divers nest on Loch Maree, and white tailed eagle sometimes come to fish.
The path is rough with long moderate slopes and some wet patches. Allow 2½ - 3 hours for a one-way trip.
Facilities & access
The nearest places to eat are in Kinlochewe or Gairloch.
From Kinlochewe head north on the A832 for about 10½ miles (16.8 km). The car park is signposted on your right, overlooking Loch Maree.
IV22 2HW is the nearest postcode.
Buses to Gairloch pass Slattadale. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
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