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Achnashellach is located in Wester Ross, a stunning landscape of stark mountains and dramatic sea lochs. The village sits at the eastern end of Loch Dùghaill, which flows into the River Carron. Conservation work is carried out in the rugged and remote Glen Carron, where ancient Caledonian pines are dotted on the lower slopes of craggy hills and the upper slopes provide glorious views of the snow-capped Torridon mountains.

The Work

We are returning to Achnashellach to continue our work on restoration of the Glen Carron pinewood, one of the remaining fragments of Caledonian Forest. Forestry Commission Scotland are slowly removing the conifer crop and, by popular request, the week will focus purely on felling young regenerating non-native trees such as Sitka spruce, larch and lodgepole pine, to create space for native trees to grow amongst the magnificent ancient granny Scots pines.


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Accommodation is at Attadale Cottages, situated on the beautiful Attadale Estate. There are two well-appointed 19th century semi-detached cottages each with a kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and laundry facilities, situated in the stunning Attadale glen.

Sleeping bag not required.

Opportunities for your day off

Wester Ross is one of the most stunning areas of Scotland, and Achnashellach is situated right by the coast. You can explore beautiful Loch Carron, one of the many nearby sea lochs and there are various local arts and crafts shops. It's only a few miles to the village of Plockton, which is a request stop on the train and there are many things to do here, including taking a seal-spotting boat trip with Calum's Plockton Seal Trips. There are beautiful walks in the hidden gorges just behind the chalets, as well as two Munros (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation) on Attadale Estate itself.

Please note that the day off is also a day off for the leaders of the week. The minibus may sometimes be available for use as a group but you may need to rely on local transport to reach some of these locations.



Red deer often graze in the Estate gardens in the evenings and we have seen golden eagles from the chalets on several occasions. Being on the coast, seals are easy to spot and you may be lucky enough to see an otter. There is an abundance of bird life and the area is also a stronghold for pine martens.

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Last updated: Thursday, 08-Aug-2013 15:57:20 CEST

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