With a cluster of mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods, secretive crossbills and soaring golden eagles, it's no wonder that Beinn Eighe was chosen as Britain's first National Nature Reserve. From a distance, the pale scree slopes on the mountain-side look like barren fields of snow, but get up close and you'll be amazed by the diversity of wildlife that thrives on this reserve. Take advantage of the trail network here that offers something for everyone, whatever the weather.
NatureScot's Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is in the heart of Wester Ross. The mountains, seas and lochs in this part of Scotland are some of the finest in the world. Nature is all around you here, so take some time to enjoy this magical place.
For visitors who would like to find out more about the reserve, there’s a visitor centre open from April to October just outside Kinlochewe. The three trails which start here are open all year and a further path links the visitor centre with the village of Kinlochewe.
For those looking for a longer walk, the woodland (1½ kms) and mountain (6½ kms) trails leave from the Coille na Glas Leitir car park on the shores of Loch Maree. The woodland trail explores the ancient pine forest which clings to the lower slopes, while the mountain trail offers a more challenging opportunity to venture into the mountain environment.
At the heart of the reserve is the Beinn Eighe ridge, a huge cluster of of rugged peaks, ridges and scree-covered slopes between Loch Maree and Glen Torridon. For the more experienced and prepared hiker, this area offers plenty of opportunities for a challenging and rewarding day out.
Facilities include NatureScot's visitor centre, trails for all abilities, parking and cycle rack, picnic site, viewpoint, interpretive panels, basic camp site, woodland trails and steep mountain trails for the more adventurous.
Reserve bounds the south edge of Kinlochewe village. Visitor centre is half a mile northwest of the village and Trails Car Park (Coille na Glas Leitir) is two miles northwest of the village, off the A832.
Limited bus service from Inverness. The nearest bus stop is in Kinlochewe (2 miles from NatureScot's visitor centre car park). A path connects the village to the visitor centre.
The nearest train station is at Achnasheen (10 miles from Kinlochewe) on the Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh line.