Perched on the edge of the Cairngorm plateau, twisted and gnarled pines mark your passage from peaceful pinewood to exposed mountain. Red squirrel, pine marten, crested tit and crossbill all make this expanding wood their home, along with buzzing insect life in the boggy areas. Up on the plateau, battered by the wind and snow, look for the resilient dotterel, ptarmigan and mountain hare. Up here, you may even catch a glimpse of a golden eagle soaring overhead.
The forests and hill ground of Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve are a glimpse of the Cairngorms National Park in miniature. This Reserve, managed by NatureScot, will take you on a journey from rich forest to scattered dwarf trees and bare hillside. A mountain path leads through close-growing woodland, dotted with boggy pools, to a wild, open land where grouse chortle and eagles hunt. It's part of the huge area of native woodland that makes the Cairngorms unique, and shows just how the environment changes from glen to mountain top.
Visit all year round to see the pine forest through the seasons. There are a series of tracks and old stalker paths throughout the reserve. Some of Scotland's most precious and rare plants and animals are found here, including twinflower, red squirrel, golden eagle, dotterel and ptarmigan. A closer look at the undergrowth reveals dwarf shrubs such as heather, blaeberry and cowberry, along with abundant mosses, lichens and fungi.
From the south, leave the A9 at the intersection with the B970 to Feshiebridge. From Kincraig, take the road opposite the memorial stone in the village, which leads down to the wooden bridge over the River Spey. Continue about a mile to reach a T-junction. Turn left for Feshiebridge. Cross the river in Feshiebridge and turn right along the road towards Achlean. There is a car park four miles along this road on the left.
By Public Transport: The nearest bus stop is at the end of the B970 about 6 miles from the NNR. The Heather Hopper provides connections throughout the Cairngorms National Park. The nearest railway stations are Kingussie (6 miles) and Aviemore (6 miles) on the Perth - Inverness line.
By Bike: The Kincraig to Inverness section of National Cyle Network Route 7 (Glasgow - Inverness) follows public roads adjacent to Invereshie and Inshriach.
On Foot: The nearest long distance route is the Speyside Way (Aviemore - Buckie). The Aviemore terminal is 6 miles from the Reserve