Claish Moss Nature Reserve

One of Britain’s best examples of a raised bog. Claish Moss has evolved over the last 8,000 years.

A network of pools speckles the bog’s dome-shaped surface. Deep below, pollen grains that survive in the peat are a record of the area’s plant life since the bog first began to form.

Claish Moss is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation (which extends across Kentra Moss) and a Ramsar site.

NatureScot owns and manages the reserve.

Best time to visit

June to September, to see wild flowers in bloom and spot breeding birds.


The reserve has no formal paths. Deep pools on the bog surface make it dangerous to walk on.


Claish Moss Nature Reserve
National Grid reference: NM 720 675

Getting there

Claish Moss lies on the south shore of Loch Shiel.

Access to the reserve is challenging and you will need to be confident in navigating from a map. The reserve is approximately 3.5km from the A861 and there is no car park or formal access route. 


Fort William
PH33 6SW

Telephone: 01463 701650

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