Category Archives: Glen Strathfarrar


Alan Watson Featherstone, Founder of Trees for Life, writes about his experiences out in the Caledonian Forest, and about his work for the charity.

Spring in Strathfarrar, part 2 – flowers galore

A week after the day in Glen Strathfarrar that I wrote about in my last blog, I returned to the glen for another visit. Unlike the first trip, this time I went by myself and I stopped at different parts

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Spring in Strathfarrar, part 1

During the first half of May I made a couple of trips out to Glen Strathfarrar, which contains one of my favourite remnants of the original Caledonian Forest. There’s extensive areas of old Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) that are relatively

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Return to Inchvuilt Wood

The end of August and early September is the peak time for common heather (Calluna vulgaris) to be flowering in the Highlands, and I usually aim to do a couple of days of photography of this seasonal phenomenon at different locations each

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Spring delight in Strathfarrar

Spring seemed to have finally arrived in the Highlands at the end of the first week in April, when I made my first visit to Glen Strathfarrar for several months. On the previous Sunday, the last one in March, when

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Autumn surprise in Strathfarrar

On 25th October I went out with my partner Pupak for the day to Glen Strathfarrar, hoping to catch the leaves of the trees there at the peak of their autumn colours. We’d been out in the glen at the beginning of

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Early autumn in Strathfarrar

Blog edited on 27th October to add this video footage of the dance of the aspen leaves in autumn: It had been several weeks since my last photo trip out to the Caledonian Forest, because of a recurrence of the

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Summer day in Glen Strathfarrar

On the 20th of July I went out to Glen Strathfarrar for the day with my partner, Pupak, and an old friend, Sharon, who used to live at Findhorn, and did some volunteering with me in the very early days

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Misty autumn day in Strathfarrar

Updated on 14 January 2014 with video footage at the end of the blog. On a Sunday in mid-October, after a beautiful, still and misty morning at Loch Achilty, I drove to Glen Strathfarrar, where I was hoping to catch

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Beside the River Farrar

In early April I made my first visit of the year to Glen Strathfarrar, one of my favourite native pinewood areas, and a glen which rivals Affric for its wildness and beauty. The road into the glen has a gate

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Another autumn aspen day

A week after my visit to the large aspen stand in the River Cannich gorge, I spent a day in Glen Strathfarrar. As it turned out, it was another day in which most of my time and attention was taken

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