The Black Isle
Wildlife, woodland and water
Surrounded by water and dotted with farms, forests and fishing villages, the Black Isle is rich in coastal and woodland wildlife. Strictly speaking, it’s a peninsula, not an island, but this corner of Scotland definitely has its own character.
Red kites soar overheard and dolphins are frequently seen off the coast. Tread quietly in the Black Isle's gentle pinewoods and you'll see and hear many thrilling smaller animals, like red squirrels, herons and mallards.
Rare and beautiful swamp woodland, where bonsai pines grow slowly and dragonflies dart in the summer air.
Short woodland trails beside an ancient and magical well. Tie your cloot to a branch and make a special wish.
Wander with birdsong, fungi and wildflowers in Culbokie's pinewoods, then climb the steep ramparts of Carn Mòr dun.
Mountain bike thrills near Inverness with over 10 miles of purpose-built trails and something exciting for every level.