Forget Hollywood – Head for Pinewood!
Not ones to shirk our responsibility in finding scenic gems for our guests to visit, we grabbed a camera and headed for the Pinewood Trail. This wonderful walk is just a stone’s throw from the house – so leave the car behind and immerse yourself in nature without the risk of blisters from a gruelling hike. Pinewood has it all; babbling brooks, majestic mountain and loch views, running deer and trees – lots of trees.
Naturally it is best to prepare for the excursion with a hearty breakfast. Try our Hebridean style porridge followed by a full Scottish (although the walk will only take around an hour, it pays to be prepared for every eventuality).
A gentle stroll in the direction of the NTS Inverewe leads you around the bay until you spot the “Kernsary Circular Path” sign (we will save this one for another blog).
Follow the sign but before you reach the gate that leads to Loch Kernsary, take a left and head across the fields to the woodland beyond. Very helpfully, Inverewe Estate has placed a whimsical bench with views across flower filled meadows to Loch Ewe. A few more steps and into the woods!
Keep a beady eye out on the left for “Mac’s tree” and follow the path until you see the old stone bothy (see top image). Just a little further on, the wonderful aroma of freshly cut wood and smoke from a charcoal furnace will draw you like a magnet.
By now you should be in full “Hansel and Gretel” mode and rightly so! There are watchful carved owls and fairy toadstools – the Estate woodcutters have put their artistic talents to good use.
The path ascends offering tantalising glimpses of mountains and sea. Your reward on reaching the summit of the hill is a bench in an outstanding position with far reaching views across Loch Ewe. Your journey continues but now the route meanders gently, winding back into the woodland past brilliant boulders and bonnie banks.
There are small bridges, stone walls and because it is June, an abundance of bluebells and the vivid gold of gorse and buttercups. Gradually the woodland is left behind and across the meadow we spy a solitary yacht in the bay.
Tea and home-baking are just minutes away.