The best way to explore Insh Marshes is a two-hour walk from the reserve car park off the B970. This scenic stroll combines the Invertromie and Tromie Meadow trails. Passing through a tranquil section of birch woodland, you’ll hear tree pipits and redstarts call throughout the summer. Two hides offer breath-taking views of the Monadhliath Mountains and are a great place to spot hen harriers. The meadow at the opposite end of the trail literally buzzes with insects making the most of the orchids.
7. Lang Craigs, Dumbarton
Lang Craigs has it all: ancient woodland, sheltered glens, rugged moorland and brand new woodland growth less than 10 years old. Keep your eyes peeled for roe deer, foxes and brown hares. Bird-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice with peregrine falcons, sparrowhawks, green woodpeckers, spotted flycatchers, cuckoos, whitethroats, hen harriers and many more! Lepidopterists should keep their eyes peeled for green hairstreak butterflies and, on the higher ground, emperor moths.
Four waymarked walks offer something for all abilities. A longer four-hour walk offers a great way to combine a stroll through the woodland with a deeper exploration of the surrounding area. The Crags Circular Path also takes in some stunning areas of moorland and interesting local history.