Glenmore National Nature Reserve



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The Glenmore NNR is part of the Glenmore Forest Park in the Cairngorms National Park, and provides a haven for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Glenmore – which translates from the Gaelic simply as ‘the big glen’ – is a unique mixture of ancient Caledonian pinewoods, high mountain scenery and beautiful lochs, the largest and most important of which is Loch Morlich. The forest is alive with the sound of birdsong, and you should keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels, crested tits and crossbills. You could also seek out some of the small but beautiful plants living on the forest floor, such as the rare and delicate twinflower or the one-flowered wintergreen. Or you can just savour the fragrant carpet of needles beneath the ancient ‘Granny’ pines. On the high tops, Britain’s only herd of wild reindeer can be seen in summer, along with the clucking ptarmigan among the boulders and heather.

Glenmore National Nature Reserve
Glenmore Lodge


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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