John Saich, Taynish National Nature

Taynish National Nature reserve is one of my favourite local destinations at any time of year. Forming a peninsula on the western bank of Loch Sween in Argyll, the ancient Atlantic oakwood is home to hundreds of mosses and lichens as well as breeding birds and several rare butterfly species. 

Trees have stood here for over 6,000 years with oak, birch, rowan and hazel in abundance. Everything at Taynish seems in harmony with itself, each season bringing joy to the soul whatever the weather. To be able to see, hear and feel nature so up-close and in such unhurried surroundings is a privilege and simply magical.

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