Walk: Tall tails at Reelig Glen

Highland | Kirkhill | Short walk | ★★★

[Reelig Glen]

At Reelig Glen, size is everything. This dark and verdant cleft a short way west of Inverness was recorded in 2014 to be home to the UK's tallest Douglas fir, its tallest Norwegian spruce and its tallest lime tree, all a few hundred metres apart and surrounded by other arboreal giants. On both of our visits we've watched red squirrels darting around the forest canopy, with grey wagtails flitting along the Moniack Burn which the path traces both sides of. For squirrel sighting success, schedule a stroll for early or late in the day, when the russet rodents are at their most active.

[Red squirrel]

📌 Walk: Tall tails at Reelig Glen ★★★
Start / finish at car park off minor road 2 mi south of Kirkhill, G.R.: NH 559431 ///thumbnail.nest.handbag

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 40 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Reelig Glen tall trees; Moniack Burn
Terrain: Wide forest paths, brief ascents and descents.

Route & map

Car park - Reelig Glen (west bank of burn) - cross burn by grotto - return by east bank. Route waymarked in green (see no. 6 here).

Route credit: Forestry and Land Scotland

On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: 4 red squirrels, grey wagtails. 2013: red squirrels, including on the tallest tree itself.
Weather: 2020: cloudy but dry, feeling damp after earlier shower. 2013: light rain mostly not penetrating the canopy, wisps of cloud clinging to some of the high branches.

Chronological photo guide

[Woodland path]

[Moniack Burn]

[Lichen on trees]

[Silver fir]

[Path options]

[Tall trees]

[Red squirrel]

[Red squirrel]

[Red squirrel]

[Side glen]

[New & old bridges at the head of the glen]

[Moniack Burn]

[Moniack Burn]

[Moniack Burn]

[Douglas firs]

[Tall trees]

[UK's tallest lime tree]

[Red squirrel]

[Return route]

[Red squirrels]

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