Littlemill wood ready to welcome more visitors

 

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Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) has finished upgrading the car park at Littlemills wood, south of Inverness.

The small forest at Littlemill is popular with local people and is known for its hidden dramatic features that tell of a landscape very different from today's peaceful glen.

Dotted with ridges – called eskers – and kettle hole lochans that are leftovers from the Ice Age, the wood offers a trip into the far-distant past.

Brian Duff, for the FES team in the area, said;


“With two trails to follow, both taking an hour or less, Littlemill is the perfect place to escape the city and relax.

“It’s an increasingly popular site but it was also with limited parking that was also close to the road, it was getting a bit awkward – and potentially dangerous.

“Upgrading the car park and moving it further into the wood makes things much easier – and more welcoming – for visitors wanting to enjoy this amazing site.

“The mosaic of woodland, wetland and heathland make Littlemill an oasis for wildlife at all times of the year - there’s always something to see here and the dramatic landscape has a fascinating story to tell.”

Eskers are the remnant debris that was carried along in streams flowing in ice-walled tunnels under glaciers. That material – sand and gravel – was gradually dumped in these long snaking ridges once the ice walls melted away.

To visit Littlemill, travel south from Inverness on the A9 for about 6 miles (9.6 km) and turn right onto the B851, signposted for Fort Augustus.

Littlemill is about 1½ miles (2.4 km) along the road, on the left. The car park is at grid reference NH 700 365.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.