Reelig Glen is a narrow, steep-sided gorge, cut by the rushing waters of the Moniack river. This old woodland historically belonged to the Fraser family – for some 500 years until it was sold to the Forestry Commission in 1949. Today Reelig Glen owes much to James Baillie Fraser (1783-1856) who planted many of the trees in this astonishing Scottish forest.
Walk through the magnificent beach, pine and fir woodland above the glen. This is a demanding walk enjoys long steep slopes and some uneven rocky steps. It offers a mostly wide, uneven earthy surface. with some exposed tree roots and muddy sections. Proper walking wear is advised. The route is 1.9km and takes around 1 hour to complete.
The woodland is a mixture of old conifer and broadleaved trees, but its real glory is a stand of Douglas Fir trees. These ancient trees, well over 100 years old, stand to heights of around 170 feet (50 metres). Explore this beautiful route and search for “Dughall Mor” (Big Douglas). Measured the tallest tree in Britain in 2000, at over 200 feet (64 metres).
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 at grid reference NH 558 431.
Take the popular 1-mile circular walk from the Forestry Commission car park. Visit Scottish Forestry for more information.
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