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When you arrive at Rothiemurchus you will be struck by the magnificent ancient pines.

Rothiemurchus forest covers an area of about 30 square kilometres and is believed to comprise of over 10 million trees. This is one of the largest surviving areas of ancient woodland in Europe where the average age of the Scots Pine exceeds 100 years with some more than 300 years old. These iconic Pines frame every view; from the  River Spey or Loch an Eilein, to the upper tree line where the forest gives way to montane heath, screes and rock. The forest is a living icon, a history book, and a collage of mystery and emotion.

The Pinewood as an ecosystem provides a haven for species ranging from Capercaillie, Red Squirrel, Creeping Lady's Tresses to Toothed Wintergreen, Pine Hoverfly and Stump Lichen. It comprises Aspen, Birch, Rowan and Willow, Cherry, Holly and Juniper and much more besides.  Rothiemurchus forest is a very special place and therefore a forestry plan is maintained to sustain the woodland’s rich biodiversity for all to enjoy.

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