The Forest Walk at Salen

 

The village of Salen is situated a few miles west of Strontian. It is a pleasant village, set in a bay with an hotel and shop.

There are many good walks in the area especially those in the Sunart Oakwoods which are being restored to allow them to return to their natural condition.

The photos below are from one of the shortest and probably one of the prettiest walks in the area. The start of the walk is at the top of the village just off the road to Strontian. It is a circular walk around a small lochan with further paths to explore through the woodlands. It is an easy walk which can take anything from 15 minutes upwards.

 

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The pictures above were taken in 2003, since then all the commercially planted conifer trees have been felled as part of the natural Oakwood regeneration project that is ongoing through the area.

This left parts of the walk looking like a bit of a wasteland however in just a couple of years the natural trees are already growing through and in a few more years yet the area will be back to the natural oak woodland it should always have been. There is now an interesting walk marked out highlighting trees planted by the local schools as part of the project. It is very much worth a visit.

 

The photographs below were taken in Summer 2008 & 2009:

 

The pictures below were taken in 2016, as you can see the natural trees are really coming on and the area is back to its natural beauty.

 

 

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