Step into a forest buzzing with life
As well as red squirrels, you might see red deer and pine martens as you explore Carie's woods or relax at the campsite. There are stunning panoramas over Loch Rannoch and the sweeping hills beyond, and you can get a bird's eye view of the Allt na Bogair burn from its unusual bridge. The banks of the burn have been sculpted by floods – see if you can spot other sculptures along the trails...
Find out more about Carie and the surrounding area with our guide to the Forest Park.
Time for a rest
Some refreshments are available at the nearby village of Kinloch Rannoch. The larger towns of Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, both 20 miles (30 km) away, have a range of shops and places to eat and drink.
An interesting short trail through the Douglas firs, Norway spruce and oak trees along the busy Carie Burn.
Uneven gravel surface with some narrow, rocky and grassy sections. Includes some fairly steep slopes.
½ miles / 1.0 km Allow ¼ hour
There's plenty to see and do on this short trail. Contrast the deciduous oaks, which lose their leaves in winter, with the upright evergreen spruces, the red squirrel's favourite seed source.
Head further up the Carie Burn on this charming circuit of the birch-shrouded campsite.
Uneven earth and grass paths with exposed tree roots. Some fairly steep slopes. Includes bridges 0.9m wide. Look out for traffic along the forest road.
1 ½ miles / 2.3 km Allow 1 hour
There have been trees here on Rannoch Moor since ancient times and there are still plenty of colourful native trees amongst the productive, fast-growing conifers. Enjoy the deep shade of oak woods, cross the cool, rushing burn and look up for golden eagles overhead as you cross open fields to complete your circuit.
Allt na Bogair Trail
Follow the Allt na Bogair gorge through woods rich with oak, birch and ancient Scots pine. There are great views across Loch Rannoch towards Ben Alder.
Mostly wide, firm but uneven gravel surface. Some grassy sections with exposed tree roots and muddy patches. Includes a number of steep slopes. Beware vehicles along the forest roads.
5 ¼ miles / 8.3 km Allow 3½ hours
Hike up the gorge, high above the rushing waters, and look out for a stand of ancient Scots pine, with their reddish trunks and distinctive 'bunnet' shape, just before the trail turns away from the burn. There are stunning views over Loch Rannoch and the Black Wood of Rannoch on your return – on a clear day you can see Ben Alder and the toothy outline of the Glencoe mountains beyond Rannoch Moor.
Mountain biking trails
If you'd like to spend a little longer here, the Kilvrecht campsite offers basic camping and caravanning in a beautiful location from April to October, with forest trails just outside your tent. There are toilets, washing facilities, drinking water points and a chemical toilet disposal point, but no hot water or electricity.
Local group Rannoch and Tummel organise regular walks around the woods in this area, often with an educational slant. Find out more about the trees of Rannoch or explore the hidden world of badgers. For more information visit the Rannoch and Tummel website.
How to get here
Carie Forest is 2 miles (3 km) west of Kinloch Rannoch on the unclassified South Loch Rannoch road. The entrance to the car park is at grid reference NN 617 571.
PH17 2QJ is the nearest postcode for Rannoch.
You can catch a bus to Kinloch Rannoch from Pitlochry. Check Traveline Scotland for times and fares.
Don't miss the popular Queen's View Visitor Centre, with its stunning viewpoint overlooking Loch Tummel, café and shop. It's close to Allean, where you can climb through peaceful woods to discover an atmospheric hill fort, an old farming settlement and some more spectacular Tummel views.
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