Pine Forest

Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


Ancient, gnarled pines interspersed with bleached deadwood tree trunks. At their feet, a dense carpet of heathers, mosses, lichens, blueberry and juniper. And drifting through it all, the scent of pine and now and then, the calls of crossbills and crested tits…

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The Scots pine forests of Speyside are world famous as some of the last remnants of the huge Caledonian forest that stretched across northern Europe.

Here, within the Cairngorms National Park, we may encounter some of the most elusive and intriguing forest animals in Britain, including Scottish crossbill, Capercaillie, Crested tit, Scottish wildcat, Pinemarten and Red squirrel.

Botanists can hope to find flowers such as chickweed wintergreen, cow-wheat, twinflower, Round and Serrated leafed wintergreens, Lesser twayblade and Creeping Ladies tresses, to name a few.

Winter in the forest is a magical time too: everything is covered with a dense blanket of snow; sounds are muffled and the animal dramas around you are revealed by intricate footprint trails and delicate flurries of snow. Since almost all the star species are resident, they can still be found, working hard to find their food in the short daylight hours.

There are plenty of good trails of varying lengths, to help you explore a variety of pine forests. In addition to excellent scenery, wildlife and walking, there’s also plenty of stories to hear about the people who have made these forests their home over the centuries.

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Full day (up to 8 hours)

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Northern Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath

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Northern Cairngorms National Park and Monadhliath: 57.240979, -3.821855

5 reviews for Pine Forest

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    R and C Whiffin

    We did not get all we wanted on a hard day. Not your fault – you tried hard and it was appreciated. Your efforts and determination were notable. Above all was your friendly attitude.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    B and A Hooker

    Although we didn’t get to see all the birds we were looking for, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience at just the right pace.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    J & N Smith, North Carolina, US

    Once we described what we wanted to see, you came up with excellent suggestions of how to accomplish our goals. Email and Skype were great ways to communicate and to get to know you before we met in person…we enjoyed being with you.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    N & G Basset (OBE), Hotel Terravina

    We had a great time with you and can highly recommend a trip out with your expert guiding – brilliant!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    D. Playle

    I have used Malcolms’ services as a wildlife guide for the past three years…. we have had truly excellent days in the forest, the mountains, and on the coast. The wildlife can be sparse, hard to find and the weather fickle but with [his] expertise we have enjoyed memorable sightings.

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