Scallastle Forestry Walk-Mull
This morning, we undertook a three-mile hike along a trail through Scallastle Forest on the Isle of Mull.This entailed navigating tracks and trails, steep and rocky in places, through regenerating woodland on a hillside. Scallastle offers an atractive cascading burn (stream) and views across the Sound of Mull to the mainland opposite.
This site is managed by government agency, the Forestry Commision. Historically, in common with many other such sites, Scallastle grew conifers on a mono culture basis. However, such practices were not conducive to the local eco-system consequent upon which a more enlightened regime for managing the environment has been implemented.Emphasis is now on improving the natural woodlands by better management of wildlife and biodiversity.
We encountered a wide range of native flowers including, violets, bluebells and primroses. We also saw bog cotton and thistles.Trees included birch, alder, oak, ash, hazel, conifers and silver birch.Other plants included bog cotton and thistles.
Primroses and bluebells
Admiring the view
Mountain stream (burn)
Indulging in a spot of 'wild swimming' high up in the hills
A tough part of the hike
Another view across the Sound of Mull to the mainland opposite
Thistle-the symbol of Scotland
Overall, a satisfying trip. The weather was mild, dry and relatively wind free.