Abernethy Forest, Scottish Highlands
Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve contains the largest amount of native Scots Pinewood in one area and is considered one of the oldest forests in Britain. This unique woodland is one of the last remnants of the Caledonian pine forest that used to be found in the entire country, and it stretches over 5,796 hectares. It’s home to animals like red squirrels, badgers, wildcats or red deer.
Next to soaking up the fresh air in calming surroundings, you can also watch different varieties of birds here like the Black Grouse, Scottish Crossbill, Goldeneye, Greenshank or Osprey. April until July seem to be the best months to visit the forest to see the abundance of birds, insects and plants, but coming here anytime will help you unplug from the stresses of daily life and focus on all of your senses in this natural environment.
How to get there: The park is located 16 km east of Aviemore between the villages of Nethybridge and Boat of Garten off B970. If you’re travelling by train, take the stop Aviemore and jump on bus 34 (40 mins).