The UK’s first National Nature Reserve.

Declared the UK’s first national nature reserve in 1951, Beinn Eighe (pr: Ben A) is a picturesque area surrounded by the Torridon mountains and Loch Maree. At 12 miles long Loch Maree is Scotlands 4th largest freshwater loch.

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A couple of weeks ago we drove to the Coille na Glas Letire car park & decided to walk the Mountain Trail. The trail begins by walking through the ancient pine forest then heads steeply up through the rocky crags to the plateau.

From the Conservation Cairn the view of the Beinn Eighe range is fantastic

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On the way down the forest emerges in the beautiful autumn sunshine with the impressive Loch Maree ahead and an incredibly steep gorge with a variety of flora, fauna & fungi.

 

Back at the shores edge the imposing Slioch towers over Loch Maree with Beinn Airigh Charr in the distance and a fantastic old tree with exposed roots on the pebble beach.

On the way home Gairloch looked very inviting in the evening sunshine so we stopped for some light refreshment at the Myrtle Bank Hotel.

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