A taste of the Cairngorms from forest to mountain top

Invereshie and Inshriach

A woodland of changing vistas

The woodland in the heart of Glenfeshie is dotted with boggy pools, rich in insect life, while red squirrel, pine marten, crested tit and crossbill all make the trees their home. Beyond the shelter of the forest, dotterel, ptarmigan and mountain hare cope with an environment shaped by wind and snow.

The change from forest to scattered, wind-sculpted trees and bare mountain top is typical of the Cairngorms National Park. At Invereshie and Inshriach you can see that change in a walk of just half an hour.

Parking Walking Mountain access

Life's essentials

The nearest places to eat are in Kincraig village.

Please note that we do not allow camping in the recreational areas of this site. For more information, get in touch with our district office.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

There are no waymarked trails on the reserve, but a well-defined path leads through the forest from the car park. After about half an hour you’ll reach the start of open hill ground, with superb views and scattered, tall pine trees.

The path continues to the summit of Sgor Gaoith (the peak of the winds) at 3,667 feet (1,118m). The round trip there and back is 8¾ miles (14 km). Remember this is mountain country, where the weather can change suddenly and it can be very cold, even in summer. Check our advice on hill walking before you set off. You’ll find detailed route descriptions on munromagic and walkhighlands.

Invereshie and Inshriach is one of eight National Nature Reserves in the Cairngorms National Park – a sign of the quality of the park’s environment and wildlife.

Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage own and manage the reserve in partnership, working to conserve its range of habitats and the diverse plants and animals that depend on them. We’ve removed non-native trees from the plantation areas of forest, and a special project has restored the bog woodland, where insects breed in the forest pools. Up on the mountain, research by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology is looking at how the habitats might be sensitive to climate change.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Aviemore take the B9152 south to Kincraig. Turn left opposite the war memorial, signposted for Feshiebridge, and follow the road through the village and across the river to a T-junction. Turn left here and after about ¾ mile (1.2 km) you will cross a bridge and go round a sharp left hand bend. Turn right just after this, signposted ‘Lagganlia’ and ‘Achlean’. Follow this single track road for 2¼ miles (3.6 km) and the car park is on your left, at grid reference NH 850 008.

Using SatNav?

PH21 1NH is a postcode a little further up the glen: you will pass the car park before you reach it.

Nearby places

At Feshiebridge you can picnic by the river or explore fascinating sculptures. Uath lochans is a hidden gem, with trails around forest pools or up to wonderful views over the glen.

Our guide map to Glenmore Forest Park (PDF 3MB) covers forests near Invereshie and Inshriach.

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