Geo-Trips :: Visiting the lochans in the Monadh Mor bog-forest

Monadh Mor, Black Isle

A walk from Car park for Forestry Commission Monadh Mor property on A835, Thu, 4 May 2017 by Julian Paren

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The Monadh Mor Site of Special Scientific Interest is for the most part trackless. The SSSI contains the best example of bog-forest in the UK. The terrain is gently undulating - the ridges contain trees and the lower areas are swampy and in places contain sheets of water. Going back 150 years to the 25 inch to the mile maps shows that even when the inhabitants needed to use the bog for peat extraction there were no real paths that crossed the area. Over the years deer and other animals (and now adventurous dog owners and walkers following in their tracks) have provided lines of easier travel through the terrain.

On this walk into Monadh Mor I wanted to get close to a number of the lochs and lochans without getting too wet or losing my boots in the softness. It was a second foray into the area for a Geotrip. The walk I did is just one of the possibilities for exploration. Following a similar track should not pose any danger if done in dry weather.

I am reminded of The Dead Marshes in Lord of the Rings in Monadh Mor.

The start and end point of this walk are the same as Geotrip 1232

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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NH5753 : Unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr, Black Isle
The largest bog forest in the UK has a number of areas of open water. The lochans... more

NH5753 : Dry area of Monadh Mòr, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Dry area of Monadh Mòr, Black Isle
Some fine non-plantation trees in this section of the Monadh Mòr Site of... more

NH5753 : Natural forest cover in the Monadh Mòr bog forest by Julian Paren
Natural forest cover in the Monadh Mòr bog forest
Some soft conditions underfoot. Widely scattered trees. So dissimilar to... more

NH5854 : Looking towards Black Loch by Julian Paren
Looking towards Black Loch
Beyond the dry ridge at the edge of farmland the view extends over a wetter... more

NH5854 : Dead survivors of an earlier forest by Julian Paren
Dead survivors of an earlier forest
Why there has been no natural regeneration to replace these trees may never be... more

NH5853 : Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr, Black Isle
Monadh Mòr is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as one of the finest... more

NH5853 : Derelict shack beside an unnamed loch, Monadh Mòr SSSI by Julian Paren
Derelict shack beside an unnamed loch, Monadh Mòr SSSI
Quite off the beaten track is this structure from the past.

NH5853 : Unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr SSSI by Julian Paren
Unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr SSSI
A strange place. Trees looking dead at the edge of the Monadh Mòr swamp.

NH5853 : Unnamed lochan on the edge of Monadh Mòr by Julian Paren
Unnamed lochan on the edge of Monadh Mòr
Swampy ground and dead trees - quite eerie - the Dead Marshes from Lord of the... more

NH5853 : Beside an unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr SSSI by Julian Paren
Beside an unnamed lochan in Monadh Mòr SSSI
A lochan at the edge of the bog-forest. Few venture here, so no name, even on the... more

NH5752 : The circular walk from the A835 car park for Monadh Mòr by Julian Paren
The circular walk from the A835 car park for Monadh Mòr
The advertised walks from the carpark take you into the Forestry Commission... more

NH5753 : In Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle by Julian Paren
In Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle
A view towards another unnamed loch.

NH5853 : Moss of the bog-forest, Monadh Mòr SSSI by Julian Paren
Moss of the bog-forest, Monadh Mòr SSSI
I expect each bump hides the roots of a tree long dead.

NH5753 : Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle
Occupying the lower ground and surrounded by swamp, the lochs are not so accessible.

NH5753 : Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle
Approaching with care the edge of the loch, but not getting too close for fear of... more

NH5753 : Dry area of Monadh Mòr SSSI by Julian Paren
Dry area of Monadh Mòr SSSI
The higher ground gives firm walking and a feeling of security compared to the... more

NH5853 : Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle by Julian Paren
Unnamed loch in Monadh Mòr SSSI, Black Isle
A long narrow finger of water with a swampy margin.

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