The Allean Forest forms part of the Tay Forest Park, seven miles west of Pitlochry and close to the Queen’s View Visitor Centre.
The Allean Forest overlooks the shores of Loch Tummel and many waymarked trails have been established by the Forestry Commission. These walks combine varied terrain, tree species and archaeological remains.
When the forest was being planted, an eighteenth century farmstead was discovered, which has now been partly restored. The two-mile Clachan Walk (clachan is the old name for a row of cottages) passes through the farmstead, and to the east, in a commanding position overlooking Loch Tummel, lies the well-preserved remains of an eighth century `ring fort`. This fascinating site gives its name to two and a half mile Ring Fort Walk which includes superb panoramic views. Off-road cyclists are well catered with many trails also suitable for mountain bikes.
The forest includes a mix of woodland, including Douglas fir in the drier areas and pine trees which thrive among the heather. Spruce trees enjoy grassy areas and larch is at home in the bracken.
Seed eating birds like siskin, goldcrest and crossbill can often be seen on the lower slopes of the forest amongst the conifer trees. Red squirrels, and roe deer and also be spotted foraging in the forest and visitors may also see wildcats and badgers.
Further information is available from the Pitlochry Visitor Information Centre.