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Where ancient forest meets the Atlantic Ocean

Escape to the remote and tranquil west, a spectacular Highland landscape that’s alive with wildlife and rich with history and folklore.  Discover Scotland’s very own rainforests here too – remnants of the ancient oakwoods that once carpeted the Atlantic coastline from Norway to Spain. These atmospheric woods are lush with ferns, mosses and lichens, and they dance in summertime with dragonflies, butterflies and birds.  

Discover scenic trails, peaceful picnic spots and unforgettable wildlife watching opportunities, follow in the footsteps of Vikings, woodsmen and miners, or simply sit back and soak up breath-taking views over wooded hills, sparkling lochs, rivers and rocky islands.

Close-up of a Highland cow

Aoineadh Mor

Wind through birch woodland to reach the silent ruins of a crofting settlement abandoned two centuries ago.


View across tree-tops towards a large loch


Enjoy a picnic beside Loch Sunart, explore scenic trails through peaceful oak woods or stroll to Garbh Eilean wildlife hide.

A white-tailed eagle flying in a clear sky


Savour Moidart’s isolated splendour along a rocky trail with spectacular views across Loch Moidart to the Small Isles.


Crisscrossing tree branches covered in leaves


Explore enchanting Atlantic oakwoods and a rushing river in a stunning Highland setting – a wonderful place to watch for wildlife (and fairies).

A couple and a dog at a picnic bench, their campervan parked behind them

Camas Torsa

There are spectacular Loch Sunart views from this quiet picnic spot in a bay that was once the haunt of Vikings.


Close-up of an otter looking towards camera

Clach na Criche

A lochside picnic site with panoramic views over the Sound of Mull, just a short walk from the legendary Wishing Stone.

A couple looking out of a hatch at a wildlife hide

Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide

It’s an easy stroll to this spectacular lochside wildlife hide, overlooking rocky islands regularly visited by seals, herons and otters.


View of a large loch surrounded by tree-covered hills

Glen Hurich (Polloch)

Explore this remote wooded glen for breath-taking Loch Shiel views, plentiful wildlife and the intriguing ruins of the Corantee lead mines.


A boy, a girl and a dog playing on a riverbank


Glenfinnan, famous for its monument and viaduct, has a secret side: discover quiet pinewoods with dramatic Loch Shiel views and woodland wildlife.

Close-up of oak leaves and acorns

Lochan na Dunaich

A secluded little loch with a gentle waterside trail, ideal for picnicking and with plenty of room to play.

A couple walking along a boardwalk passed trees and ferns

Phemie’s Walk

Meander among soaring old conifers and sturdy young oaks above Strontian for magnificent views over wild Loch Sunart.

A view towards the sea framed by conifer trees

Sàilean nan Cuileag

Stroll through ancient woodland to reach a sheltered bay where Vikings kept their boats safe in winter.