Nature and culture
The lower slopes of Beinn Eighe are home to 350 year old Scots pines, often affectionately referred to as 'granny pines'. Rainfall here is high and the trees appear to be almost dripping with mosses and lichens. This temperate rainforest is filled with wet, boggy pockets where you'll find small, stunted trees.
Further up the mountain, conditions become really harsh and the vegetation responds by putting its head down. Small shrubby plants such as dwarf juniper hug the slopes and keep a low profile to avoid the strong winds.
High on the mountain plateau there's a winding ridge and a small group of rugged peaks, where golden eagles scan the ground.
Britains 1st NNR Beinn Eighe is rich in designations and provides varied opportunities for visitors.
Here ice and water have carved the oldest rocks in the world into a dramatic landscape.
Remnants of ancient forest carpet the lower slopes of Beinn Eighe.
An added bonus - mountain habitats rich in plants and animals.
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