Talich is one of the largest remaining areas of alder wood in Easter Ross. A rich grassland flora can be found in clusters around calcareous springs, encouraging a proliferation of orchids. The woodland attracts a number of bird species and a diverse range of invertebrates can be found on the reserve.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Woodland birds
  • Variety of orchids
  • Range of invertebrates

Best time to visit?

  • May to Jun for orchids

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers

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How to get there


The reserve lies in the Nigg Valley in Easter Ross, about two miles north east of Hill of Fearn and four miles south east of Tain. From the A9, take the turning to Fearn and follow the B9165 for 2.2 miles. As you enter Hill of Fearn, take the first left immediately after the service station. At the end of the road, turn left onto a single track lane. Follow this road for just over a mile until you reach a sharp left bend. At the bend, turn onto the rough track to the right of the gates right ahead of you. The car park is at the end of this track.

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Getting onto the reserve

Access is from the car park.

Access restrictions

There may be livestock on the reserve, so please keep dogs under close control at all times.

Nearest town
Fearn (2 mi / 3.2 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


About Talich

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Belmaduthy Dam
Spey Bay

Local group
North of Scotland

Links & downloads

Reserve map


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