Glen Roy National Nature Reserve



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An amazing sight meets your eyes as you round a bend in the minor road from Roy Bridge along the north side of the Glen Roy NNR. Three parallel ruler-straight lines run for miles along the hillsides into the far distance. These are the world-famous ‘Parallel Roads’ of Glen Roy, and in the 19th century, their origin baffled some of the finest thinkers in the world. Now accepted as the best evidence in Britain of how a series of ice-dammed lakes formed and then suddenly drained at the end of the last Ice Age leaving their ‘tide marks’, they make Glen Roy a place of international landscape importance. The River Roy runs through the glen, bordered by a narrow strip of native birch and oak woodland. You may hear buzzards mewing overhead, or catch the flash of a summer-visiting sand martin, while other wildlife includes ravens and the

Glen Roy National Nature Reserve
Roy Bridge


About the area

Discover Highland

Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe. 

At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.

The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century. 

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