Uath Lochans, Cairngorm National Park
Nestled within the Inshriach forest area of Glen Feshie and surrounded by majestic Caledonian Pines Uath Lochans are one of my favourite places to visit in the Cairngorms National Park.
Getting there takes you on a small adventure up a narrow single track road that meanders through the forest – and it’s worth it! Uath Lochans is without doubt one of the most stunning woodlands in the Cairngorm area, with an easy trail around the lochans or a longer route up to a superb view over Strathspey.
The name is pronounced “wah lochans” – it means the hawthorn small lochs.
This amazing area of natural beauty was carved by a river of ice known as the Strathspey Glacier which carved its way through the area over 20,000 years ago.
The Uath Lochans were formed when huge blocks of ice broke of from the glacier and then melted. The holes they left are know as kettle holes.
Waterlilies (Nymphaea Alba – white rose) flourish during July on the lochans are certainly a sight worth seeing.
From Glenmore near Aviemore to Glen Feshie near Kincraig lies one of the largest areas of ancient Scots pine forest to be found in the UK. Nestled within the forest near Kincraig lie the Lochans.
If you have the stamina and the puff a two and a half mile in parts fairly steep climb to Farleitter Crag will grant you on a clear day awesome views over the miles of this forest canopy, with a backdrop of the barren Cairngorms and Monadhliath plateaus rising beyond.
For those who prefer a more leisurely stroll the Uath Lochans white trail takes you around this cluster of marshy lochans. The path meanders through marshland, heather moorland and Scots pine forest.
Life at Uath Lochans
The dark peaty waters of these lochans are rich in wildlife. During the summer they are a haven for dragonflys and damselflies. The rare northern Emerald Dragonflies can be found here between May and September.
Whilst strolling the pathways watch out for frogs and whirigig beetles.