Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve lies 80 kilometres west of Inverness just outside the village of Kinlochewe. The reserve is home to the largest remaining area of ancient Caledonian pinewood in the West of Scotland, and boasts an outstanding diversity of habitats, wildlife, geology and spectacular scenery. The reserve includes the 8 kilometre long ridge of Beinn Eighe. Its rugged slopes support one of the UK’s best areas of species-rich moss heath and prostrate juniper heath. Rare lichens, liverworts and mosses flourish from the high peaks to the mild, damp woodlands. Golden eagles also soar over the mountain ridges and below the tree line, pine marten, crossbills and northern emerald dragonfly make their home in the ancient pinewoods, and black grouse have been recorded for the first time following woodland expansion. The Reserve also includes over sixty islands in Loch Maree.
The reserve lies within the Wester Ross National Scenic Area (NSA) and contains three Geological Conservation Review (GCR) sites. It has held a Council of Europe Diploma since 1983.
The Reserve Manager
Scottish Natural Heritage
+44 01463 701660
|Experts reports following||PE-S-DE(2002)8|
|2013 annual report||No report received|
|2014 annual report||11/12/2014|
|2015 annual report||26/11/2015|
|2016 annual report||22/11/2016|
|2017 annual report||08/12/2017|
|2018 annual report||23/11/2018|
|2019 annual report||27/11/2019|
|2020 annual report||09/12/2020|
|2021 annual report||08/12/2021|