A lochside forest in a place of magical beauty


Spread your wings at Slattadale

Half way between Gairloch and Kinlochewe, you can stroll beneath the trees and picnic by Loch Maree, with superb views across the water to the mountains of Letterewe.

There are pockets of ancient oak and birch woodland in the forest, while the islands in the loch hold pristine remnants of ancient Caledonian Pinewood. Visit nearby Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve to explore this magical environment at close quarters.


  • There is ongoing maintenance of the forest road until the end of January 2019. The forest is open for you to enjoy as usual, but please be aware that there will be vehicle movements on the forest road. Please observe any signage.

Parking Easy-access facilities Toilets Picnic area Walking

Life's essentials

The nearest places to eat are in Kinlochewe or Gairloch.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Explore on foot

Slattadale is the start (or finish) for the Tollie path, a fine 5 mile (8 km) route to Poolewe. It takes you through pine woodland and open moorland, and makes a good there-and-back-again outing to enjoy the views in both directions. Watch for wildlife as you go: black throated divers nest on Loch Maree, and white tailed eagle sometimes come to fish.

The path is rough with long moderate slopes and some wet patches. Allow 2½ - 3 hours for a one-way trip.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Kinlochewe head north on the A832 for about 10½ miles (16.8 km). The car park is signposted on your right, overlooking Loch Maree, at grid reference NG 888 721.

Using SatNav?

IV22 2HW is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses to Gairloch pass Slattadale. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Victoria Falls has a trail to a waterfall. Further away, Lael Forest Garden displays over 200 species of trees and shrubs.

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