What we're doing
Centuries of burning and over-grazing by sheep and deer have damaged the habitat here. Over the last 30 years, we’ve planted native tree species and controlled deer numbers to improve biodiversity. Now we’re seeing the natural regeneration of birch, oak, hazel, rowan, Scots pine and other tree species. In June 2015 the Trust's work at Li and Coire Dhorrcail was recognised by the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards as 'an exemplar of sustainable land management.'
The Trust also maintains the old stalkers path into the Coire Dhorrcail. Our dedicated volunteers help us with this work. They do path repairs, remove redundant fencing, plant trees and clear invasive species.
Wildlife on Knoydart
As the trees have regenerated on Knoydart, native wildlife has returned. This includes pine marten, roe deer, bats and many types of woodland birds. There are also otters, foxes, water voles, buzzards and different types of eagle. Knoydart is also notable for a wide range of species in its wet heaths, grasslands and snow beds. We expect to see more biodiversity as the woodland continues to expand.
Part of what makes Knoydart so wild and unique is its remoteness. Access is only by boat or a long walk on foot. Many people visit Knoydart to climb its highest mountain, Ladhar Bheinn, the 'hoofed mountain', which offers truly impressive views across this beautiful wild area.
Please be sure to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code if you are visiting.
Access to Li and Coire Dhorrcail from the east is a 12km walk via the path from Kinlochhourn to Barrisdale. From here, follow the coast, or a path leading into lower Coire Dhorrcail. Alternatively, take a boat from Mallaig to Inverie and then walk 10km.