Taynish National Nature Reserve

A woodland wonderland

Taynish National Nature Reserve (NNR) lies at the end of a hidden peninsula. The peaceful oak woodlands are interspersed with grassland glades, heath, saltmarsh and shoreline. The reserve provides a truly amazing landscape that’s teeming with wildlife.

Trees have stood here for more than 6,000 years. A magical mosaic of mosses and lichens drapes from the trees and carpets the ground.

You might see roe deer, red squirrels and otters. Butterflies, beetles, dragonflies and moths flourish in flower-rich grasslands. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the reintroduced Eurasian beaver at the nearby Barnluasgan reserve in Knapdale.

Find out more about visiting Taynish NNR.

Top attractions

  • Follow our trails and lose yourself in a tranquil ancient woodland.
  • Look out for beautiful bluebells and other woodland plants in spring.
  • Spot the rare marsh fritillary butterfly on the coastal grassland.
  • Try your luck at otter spotting at the rapids.

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.


Reserve manager: Heather Watkin

Scottish Natural Heritage
Kilmory Industrial Estate
PA31 8RR

Telephone: 01546 603611

Find out more

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

Related Links

Follow our NNR Facebook page for up-to-date information on reserves across Scotland.

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

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

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