Ancient Caledonian Pineforest Walk

Meet the silent giants at Abernethy that make up the largest ancient remnant of Caledonian pineforest

Take two minutes | RSPB Abernethy Scotland | RSPB
What to expect
In an encouraging atmosphere, you will have the opportunity to learn about the great Caledonian pineforest and the special wildlife that call it home with your guide. This walking tour is perfect for anyone who enjoys learning about wildlife in a relaxed practice-based environment. Depending on what we see on the day, we will focus on birds, plants and mammals, like red squirrels. We will walk at a moderate pace with frequent stops. Get ready for a relaxed pineforest walk sprinkled with wildlife facts and practical nature skills! You will also be treated to some light refreshments (teas & Sottish biscuits) as you take in the natural beauty around you.

Photo credit: Richard Elliott


a european crested tit perched on a stem
Abernethy is a national nature reserve that is ancient, wild and immeasurably special – a place so extraordinary that it can feel like another country.
Caledonian pineforest is wildlife-rich and like no other forest in the UK. Huge, gnarled, lichen-encrusted Scots pine trees dot the landscape, interspersed with other species such as juniper, rowan, birch, blae’berry and heather.
Things to bring
Tours will go ahead in most weathers, so please come prepared. The following are recommended:
Waterproof coat
Long-sleeved top
Water
Walking/wellie boots
Waterproof trousers
Warm clothes
Trousers
Sun protection

an elderly man hiking in the forest with his grandson and pet dog
Please read our guidance on dogs before making a booking enquiry.

Learn about our magnificent Caledonian pineforests


Restoring the Ancient Caledonian Forest, Alan Watson | TEDxFindhorn

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