Bogs, swamps, dragonflies and bonsai pines – the Big Moor is a forest like no other

Monadh Mor

Explore Monadh Mor

This is one of the best places in Scotland to see rare bog woodland. Over 100 hectares of naturally wet woodland has been restored in Monadh Mor and the birch and pine trees here co-exist in a finely balanced relationship with the ponds, swamps and mosses. In the wettest areas, tree growth is so slow that the tiny bonsai-like pines can be hundreds of years old!

Our map guide to the Forests of Ross and Cromarty (PDF 5.8MB) will help you discover Monadh Mor and surrounding woodlands.

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Life's essentials

The nearest place for toilets or a cup of tea is Tore with plenty of other choices a little further away in Dingwall.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Monadh Mor – The Big Moor – is a remnant of the extensive bog woodland which once covered the Black Isle ridge. It's the largest area of forest bog in Scotland, and classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s unusually rich in plant species and invertebrates, making it an excellent place to spot dragonflies and damselflies in summer.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Tore roundabout take the A835 towards Dingwall for 1½ miles (2.4 km). The car park is on your right at grid reference NH 579 526.

Using SatNav?

IV6 7SF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is a bus stop on the A835 next to the forest car park with a regular bus service between Tore and Dingwall. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Try the forest trails at Culbokie, Rogie Falls and Munlochy.

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