Keil Hill Nature Reserve


Contact Stewart Borland
Start/FinishMap Reference – NN 969 533 Landranger 49
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Nature Reserve at Keil Hill, Duror

Around twelve years ago, Highland Titles arrived in Duror with the aim of transforming a commercial forestry plantation into a thriving nature reserve. Since then we have seen the return of Red Squirrels, Otters, Hedgehogs and even an Osprey to mention just a few.

If you don’t see them on the day visit the Highland Titles Nature Reserve Facebook page for the latest SpyCam shots!

Caring for the land has inevitably progressed to caring for wildlife, and endangered species has become something of a priority for us here at with Highland Titles. The construction of the biggest Wildcat Rehabilitation Centre if Europe was an amazing milestone, and to have three cats with us since June has been unbelievable – arguably the rarest animal on the planet! It has also meant the construction of an additional two enclosures.

The construction of Loch Fois, which we stocked with Wild Brown Trout, and the repair and rebuilding of Loch Keil made a huge difference to our species list, and also proved a great location for our honey bee hives. I think just about everybody knows the importance of bees by now, but we are attempting to ensure our youngsters do to, by running an incredibly popular educational program with our local schools. The children paint a hive and in conjunction with Webster Honey we visit each school for a presentation about bees, and then in summer, the best part, we hire buses and bring the kids to the Reserve, pop them in little bee suits and open up the hive and let them see and understand bees up close!

Our new facility, offering a Forever Home for injured Hedgehogs is also proving popular, with 8 hogs passing through to release, and two injured ones staying in the enclosure and being cared for by our volunteers.

Also nearing completion is the final link in the Glencoe to Oban SusTrans all abilities Cycle Path, which the company gave free access to, to allow it across The Reserve rather than run alongside the busy main road – arguably one of the most beautiful section of the route, but we might be biased.

Woodland, moorland, mountain, and two Lochans (an old one restored and a new one just built) to sit by, or try the new higher level walk for spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and beyond.

Benches and tables strategically placed for a rest, and viewpoints not to be missed.

There are free leaflets available in the cabin at the car park showing all the footpaths and walking trails.

Free entry, be safe, and leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs and kill nothing but time!





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