Walk: Reelig Glen's tall, dark stranger

[Reelig Glen]

If you're interested in arboreal record-breakers, you'll like Reelig Glen. Here, swathes of Douglas Fir trees soar into the skies above, with Dughall Mor (big dark stranger) measured in the year 2000 as the UK's tallest tree (probably). Spotting a red squirrel on this exact tree was a nice surprise. This walk isn't a one-tree wonder though: the length of the glen is quiet and lush, with an old stone footbridge and grotto marking where to cross to the other side for the return. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the trees here really are tall... the more you stare, the taller you realise they are... and the more your neck aches.

[The old bridge across the burn at the head of the glen - now bypassed by a modern one]

Name: Walk: Reelig Glen's tall, dark stranger ★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 40 metres
Points of interest: Reelig Glen; Dughall Mor
Start / finish: Car park off minor road 2 miles south of Kirkhill, G.R.: NH 559431 / thumbnail nest handbag

Route: Car park - Reelig Glen (west bank) - Dughall Mor - return by east bank. Route waymarked in green (see number 6 here).
Terrain: Wide forest paths, rarely steep.
Wildlife today: Red squirrel on Dughall Mor itself.
Weather today: Light rain generally not penetrating the forest canopy, with wisps of cloud hanging onto some of the high branches.

[Spot the red squirrel on Dughall Mor - the UK's tallest tree]

Route credit: Forestry Commission

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