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Invereshie & Inshriach National Nature Reserve

On the fringes of the Cairngorm plateau, Invereshie and Inshriach NNR encompasses sheltered pinewoods, upland heath and mountain peaks.

​Massive mountains and miniature pines

Perched at the edge of the Cairngorm plateau, Invereshie and Inshriach National Nature Reserve (NNR) has a mosaic of habitats from peaceful pinewood to exposed mountain. Twisted and gnarled Krummholz pines, found near the upper tree line, are typical of this reserve. You’ll find red squirrel, pine marten, crested tit and crossbill here.

The dramatic ice-sculpted slopes above the woodland are swathed with heaths and blanket bog. The reserve culminates in the arctic environment of the high mountain plateau and the summits of Sgòr Gaoith and Carn Bàn Mòr. Look for the resilient dotterel, ptarmigan and mountain hare, all evolved to cope with the battering of cold winds and winter snow.

Visit all year round to see the pine forest through the seasons. There are a series of tracks and old stalker paths throughout the reserve. Some of Scotland’s most precious plants and animals are found here.

Find out more about visiting Invereshie and Inshriach NNR.

Top attractions

  • Keep an eye out for the iconic red squirrel.
  • Wander the trails through peaceful pinewoods.
  • Take in views of the incomparable Cairngorms.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.

Contact

Reserve manager: Wayne Fitter

Scottish Natural Heritage
Achantoul
Aviemore
Inverness-shire
PH22 1QD

Telephone: 01463 725219
Email: nnr@nature.scot

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Related Links

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Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Find out more about our partners – Forestry Commission Scotland.

Invereshie and Inshriach NNR is a member of VisitScotland and the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

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