There's an energetic walk to the summit of Cockleroy - on a clear day you can see as far as Arran. Less strenuous walks take you around the loch to a fish farm, where the trout can be fed fish pellets for a small fee, and past a red deer enclosure complete with a raised walkway and viewing platform. There is a play area and cyclists can use surfaced roads. Introductory courses, including climbing, kayaking, etc, are available for children, for a fee. Ring for details.
Beinn Eighe is Britain's first National Nature Reserve. It features wonderful mountain scenery and ancient pinewood fragments overlooking Loch Maree.
The car park is situated next to Ledaig Motors filling station in the centre of Benderloch on the A828 Oban to Fort William road. This is the start of two woodland walks with steep climbs but fantastic views over the Lynn of Lorne. You can park here for access to the open hill and walk to the summit of Beinn Lora.
Belmaduthy Dam is an excellent example of wet lowland heath and mire mosaic with lime rich flushes and groundwater seepage zones. This provides conditions suitable for a range of interesting plants, including a number of Orchid species.
Bemersyde Moss is a wet area sitting in a 'kettlehole' formed at the end of the last Ice Age. It was a loch until it was drained in the 1970s but now open water is confined to small pools surrounded by willow scrub, reeds and marsh vegetation. Over 15,000 pairs of black-headed gulls breed here and wintering wildfowl include ducks like wigeon, teal, shoveler and goldeneye and greylag geese. A number of uncommon wetland plants are found here, including burr marigold and green figwort. There is a hide on the southern edge but access to the rest of the site is restricted.
Situated east of the River Spey at Rothes and west of the A95 between Craigellachie and Mulben.
Few places in Britain can rival the range of mountain plants that can be found at Ben Lawers in Breadalbane above Loch Tay. The soils are unusually rich at high altitude and support a superb collection of arctic-alpine plants and mountain scrub amidst fine upland scenery. The best time to visit is between June and August for the alpine plants. There are 7 hills over 3000ft and the site has National Nature Reserve and National Scenic Area status. There is also a nature trail leading from the car park and suitable for all ages
One of Scotland's best known mountains and the most southerly munro, with a variety of habitats and different levels of walks to explore.
The crags of Ben Lui have a lush growth of mountain plants, that thrive on the relatively base-rich soils. In early summer saxifrage flowers are dotted in the moss like stars. Hillwalking skills are needed for this site.
The big mountain of Coigach is a large area of moorland and mountain in the rugged north-west of Scotland. Most of the reserve is open hill land covered in peat and moorland. Crofters graze their sheep here and regular muirburn maintains the open character of the landscape. There are some areas of woodland and the crags and hilltops support species such as trailing azalea and dwarf juniper. Birds of the uplands such as raven, ring ouzel, ptarmigan and red grouse all can be seen and great northern diver swim on the lochans in winter. This is a large, wild area and good navigation skills are needed for the hilltops. The low lying areas are accessible from the road.