Geo-Trips :: An hour in Drummondreach Oak Wood

near Alcaig, Black Isle

A walk from Urquhart New Graveyard, Thu, 4 May 2017 by Julian Paren

preceding legThis trip is part of a series.

This is a walk to dawdle over. Less than two miles and its downhill all the way from the furthest point. The walk lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its trees and woodland flora. Guided walks occur in late May organised by the Highland Council Rangers. The wood has both a Fort and a Hut Circle but both need a bit of finding. A helpful sign saying "Hut Circle" beside the one obvious path through the wood has disappeared. On this hour's walk the fort was visited but not photographed; there are images of this on Geograph anyway. Beeches complement the oaks of the oak wood, but some are now reaching the end of their life. An earlier Geotrip 1234 visited the woodland earlier in the year. The difference in appearance of the wood is striking.

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 : Productive Black Isle farmland, Drummondreach by Julian Paren
Productive Black Isle farmland, Drummondreach
Spring with the hills of Easter Ross beyond.

NH5857 : Outliers of Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Outliers of Drummondreach Oak Wood
Fine trees seen in a farmland setting.

NH5757 : Lochan in Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Lochan in Drummondreach Oak Wood
Vegetation covers the surface of the lochan that is backed by a set of fine trees.

NH5857 : The Sacrament Burn by the stepping stones by Julian Paren
The Sacrament Burn by the stepping stones
A short circular walk takes one up the east or west bank of the stream with the... more

NH5857 : Beside the Sacrament Burn, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Beside the Sacrament Burn, Drummondreach Oak Wood
This area is further from the road than the Preaching Stance, but would be just as... more

NH5857 : Oaks of Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Oaks of Drummondreach Oak Wood
A Site of Special Scientific Interest for its oak and beech trees and a wealth of... more

NH5857 : Oaks of Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Oaks of Drummondreach Oak Wood
One particularly gnarled tree caught attention.

NH5857 : Glimpse to Beinn Wyvis, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Glimpse to Beinn Wyvis, Drummondreach Oak Wood
Far beyond the confines of the wood, snow patches on Beinn Wyvis catch the eye.

NH5857 : Part of the Hut Circle I, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Part of the Hut Circle I, Drummondreach Oak Wood
If you had arrived here without prior knowledge that a hut circle existed here,... more

NH5857 : Part of the Hut Circle II, Drummondreach Oak WoodI by Julian Paren
Part of the Hut Circle II, Drummondreach Oak WoodI
If you had arrived here without prior knowledge that a hut circle existed here,... more

NH5857 : Bole of beech trees, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Bole of beech trees, Drummondreach Oak Wood
Great trees to have in an oak wood!

NH5857 : Beech by the lochan in Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Beech by the lochan in Drummondreach Oak Wood
A tree to be admired at any season. See [[[4475555]]] for the view a week later a... more

NH5757 : The base of a beech tree, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
The base of a beech tree, Drummondreach Oak Wood

NH5857 : The Sacrament Burn above the Preaching Stance, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
The Sacrament Burn above the Preaching Stance, Drummondreach Oak Wood
The burn is channelled below the ground from this point downstream for a 100... more

NH5757 : Beside the Preaching Stance, Drummondreach Oak Wood by Julian Paren
Beside the Preaching Stance, Drummondreach Oak Wood
Open Air religious services are held periodically. There are details in the small... more

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