Glen Affric Trees

Trees are the glory of Glen Affric

They're the reason it’s a National Nature Reserve, protected and managed for the sake of its environment.

The glen is the largest area of pine forest close to its natural state in Britain. It’s a wonderful place to get an impression of the Caledonian Forest that once covered much of Scotland, the glens thick with trees and more open woodland on the hills.

Scots pine is the symbol of that forest, but it’s actually a rich mixture of different trees. Each has its own personality: the pages in this section will tell you a little about the main characters you’ll see when you visit.

A combination of luck and vision

But Affric’s forest has only survived through a combination of luck and the vision of some dedicated people. It could easily have been lost, the hills left bare for hunting and the glens planted with row upon row of conifers grown as a timber crop. The once and future forest tells the story of its remarkable survival.