This wood is the largest native Scots pinewood in Britain and offers a unique mix of woodland and northern bog. It is home to a great variety of wildlife.
This dramatic and awe-inspiring place is a fragile mosaic of ancient Caledonian pinewood, moorland, bog and mountain plateau.
These forests provide the ideal habitat for a vast number of plant and animal species. Some of the most famous residents include the fast moving red squirrel, the restless flitting yellow siskin, pine marten, capercaillie, and the imposing ospreys nestling high in the tree tops around Loch Garten. The osprey hide is open from mid April until August. It is also host to an array of flowers which include twinflower, intermediate wintergreen and creeping lady’s tresses. The reserve is also well-known for its many rare northern insects.
There are lots of trails and paths through the forest and around Loch Garten.