Geo-Trips :: A walk in Drummondreach Oak Wood SSSI

Black Isle

A walk from Near Alcaig, Sat, 13 Apr 2013 by Julian Paren

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At one time the Black Isle had extensive natural tree cover, but the needs of wood for illegal and legal distilling around Ferintosh saw the woodland reduced to small pockets, and the peat exhausted as well. One area remaining is Drummondreach Oak Wood (or called Teandore Wood) that lies each side of a steep burn with a lobe of woodland beside it. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

You can park close to the footpath that leads into the wood or beside Urquhart New Graveyard. The walk outlined on the GPS track is 1.5 miles long, and can take an hour if you study the trees and flowers and watch out for the resident birds.

The wood has many oak trees and beech trees. The woodland contains a vitrified fort and encloses a natural amphitheatre famous as a preaching ground after the Great Disruption when many congregations found themselves without a church building. There are reports of over a thousand people listening to gaelic sermons in the Preaching Dell. The burn that flows through the woodland is also called The Sacrament Burn.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH5757 : From the path beside the Sacrament Burn by Julian Paren
From the path beside the Sacrament Burn
The first of the fine oak trees that are the glory of Drummondreach SSSI is passed... more

NH5857 : Surviving walls of Drummondreach Fort by Julian Paren
Surviving walls of Drummondreach Fort
There is little to see of this old fort except a rise in the ground, these walls... more

NH5857 : Ferintosh Burn by Julian Paren
Ferintosh Burn
The burn is also called The Sacrament Burn because communion was celebrated here... more

NH5857 : Path through Drummondreach Wood by Julian Paren
Path through Drummondreach Wood
This Site of Special Scientific Interest is dominated by oak and downy birch... more

NH5857 : Drummondreach Wood by Julian Paren
Drummondreach Wood
Drummondreach Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is an oakwood that... more

NH5857 : Drummondreach Wood and its natural woodland by Julian Paren
Drummondreach Wood and its natural woodland
A pleasant place to linger with an inquisitive dog.

NH5857 : Ferintosh Burn by Julian Paren
Ferintosh Burn
The stream that is also known as the Sacrament Burn when it passes beneath the... more

NH5757 : The Ferintosh Preaching Stance  by Julian Paren
The Ferintosh Preaching Stance
There is a building behind where the preachers of old communicated with their... more

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