The National Trust for Scotland is the independent charity that protects and shares some of our country’s most precious historic places and natural landscapes on behalf of the people of Scotland.
Since 1931, they’ve pioneered public access to and shared ownership of some of the most magnificent buildings, collections and habitats in Scotland. They care for ancient houses, battlefields, castles, mills, gardens, coastlines, islands, mountain ranges and all the communities, plants and animals which depend upon them.
Inverewe House and Gardens
Inverewe is situated in the extreme north-west of Scotland, just under the 58th Parallel, and is an arboricultural anomaly.
Sited in an extreme landscape between the mountains of Wester Ross and the Atlantic Ocean, it is a garden on the edge. Full of wildlife that is rare elsewhere in mainland UK, it teems with botanical wonders collected and then nurtured in a man-made landscape fashioned over the last 150 years.
Under the National Trust for Scotland’s stewardship, Inverewe House and Gardens is internationally respected today for its plants, from domestic vegetables to 10ft tall Himalayan lilies and the Asian rhododendrons that sit in the dappled shade of the forest of pines and oaks.
Such diversity and quality are not normally expected out with the tender garden estates in the south-west of England, and certainly not in the Highlands of Scotland – an adventurous, dramatic landscape that is blessed with big skies and ever-changing seasonal beauty.
Since 2016 the garden has been augmented by an innovative museum, a cultural art gallery and Inverewe’s own farm. The community have embraced the diversity of events and cultural experiences the property brings through its planned events and activities, from forest bathing for wellbeing to open air theatre, from adventure travel and film to specialist garden festivals and immersive ranger-led experiences to see the biodiversity of Wester Ross – it really is like no place else.
(photo courtesy of Adrian Hollister)
Corrieshalloch is one of the most spectacular gorges of its type in Britain and provides striking evidence of how glacial meltwater can create deep gorges. The meltwater followed natural faults in the bedrock during several episodes of glaciation during the Quaternary ice ages, between 2.6 million and 11,500 years ago.
A short steep walk will bring you to a Victorian suspension bridge, where you can gaze down over a series of crashing waterfalls. Breathe in the Corrieshalloch air, infused with pine scents and droplets of water, and let the noise of the thundering waterfalls and the rushing river rumble through you.
The suspension bridge was built by John Fowler, the pioneering engineer responsible for the world’s first underground railway and joint chief engineer on the iconic Forth Railway Bridge.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is designated a National Nature Reserve in recognition of the spectacular gorge and the surrounding woodland. It is also home to a nationally rare species of cranefly, which benefits from the wet dead wood in the shaded areas of the property.