Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve

​Hearts of oak

Ariundle Oakwood National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a precious fragment of ancient oakwood. A lush covering of mosses, lichens and liverworts flourish here in this wonderful example of Scotland's rainforest. In spring, the woodland is rich in wildflowers. Listen to the amazing birdsong in the early mornings, look for butterflies and dragonflies or simply enjoy the paths and trails.

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Ariundle Oakwood NNR is renowned for its rain dampened oakwoods, which once covered the western edge of Britain. The oakwood was once cherished for fuelling the nearby iron smelter at Bonawe.

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Reserve manager: Richard Kilpatrick

Fort William
PH33 6SW

Telephone: 01397 704716
Email: [email protected]

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We work with Forestry Commission Scotland on many aspects of managing Ariundle Oakwood NNR.

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

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