Giant trees, a rushing burn and a charming grotto

Reelig Glen

Tall trees and historical roots at Reelig

Reelig Glen is a narrow, steep-sided gorge, cut by the rushing waters of the Moniack. The woodland is a mixture of old conifer and broadleaved trees, but its real glory is a stand of Douglas Fir trees that are well over 100 years old. They soar above you to a height of about 170 feet (50 metres).

One old giant measured over 200 feet (64 metres) in the year 2000 – the tallest tree in Britain at the time. After a local competition, it was named Dùghall Mòr – Big Douglas!

Our guide to the Forests of Inverness (PDF 4MB) will help you explore Reelig Glen and other woods around the city.

Parking Picnic area Walking

Life's essentials

There are toilets and places to eat in Beauly.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

This old policy woodland had belonged to the Fraser family for some 500 years until it was sold to the Forestry Commission in 1949. The way Reelig Glen looks today owes much to James Baillie Fraser (1783-1856) who planted many of the trees.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Inverness, take the A862 west towards Beauly. After about 6½ miles (10.5 km), turn left onto a minor road signposted to Moniack and Clunes. Take a left fork after a long straight stretch of road and continue for another ½ mile (800 metres) mile to reach the small car park at grid reference NH 558 431.

Using SatNav?

IV5 7PR is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses to Moniack pass within ½ mile (800 metres) of Reelig Glen. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

At Craig Phadrig you can clamber over the walls of a Pictish chief's fort. Clash Wood has easy going trails on the edge of Muir of Ord.

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