Rannoch and Tummel enjoys a wealth of wild birds and animals as well as rare plants and insects
The glen has an exceptional variety of wildlife and interesting plants and fungi. Its unspoilt nature means that many creatures live here that have long since become extinct or very rare elsewhere. We even have our own unique varieties of some things.
The naturalist will appreciate the wide variety of habitats, and there are nine SSSIs to explore locally. The botanist too will find interesting plants in a wide variety of families. There is much to appreciate even while just relaxing on one of the loch’s sandy beaches. The one at Jess Mary’s Bay (OS NN536569) for example offers great views to the east and is ideal for a picnic. Look out also for Jess Mary’s old crab apple and the Piper’s Tree nearby.
Animals and Birds
The glen of Rannoch and Tummel teams with wildlife.
Plants, Insects and Fungi
Spring is host to a carpet of spring flowers while late summer and autumn enjoy all kinds of fungi
Black Wood of Rannoch
On the south shore of Loch Rannoch grow some magnificent Scots Pine trees - The Black Wood - wth a few surviving remnants of the 'Great Forest of Caledon’
Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country and although not having the largest trees, Rannoch has many fascinating woods of many species, as well as pine, ancient birch trees abound.
Since the distant past, this famous Scottish loch has been central to life in Rannoch, providing sanctuary and food