Tummel Shingle Islands

Important notice

The old footpath to Ballinluig Tummel Island is closed due to a major landslide and is likely to remain closed indefinitely.

Tummel Shingle Islands reserve is one of the rarest habitats to be found in the UK – freshwater shingle. The shingle provides an ever-changing environment in which invertebrates and over 400 species of plants thrive, ranging from lesser marshwort and bird’s-nest orchid to mosses and field gentian.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Wildflowers
  • Butterflies
  • Scenery

Best time to visit?

  • Jun to Aug for wildflowers
  • Jun to Aug for butterflies
  • Anytime for scenery

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • mammals

Other information

These rare shingle islands attract birds such as oystercatchers, common terns and redshanks. More than 380 different plants have been recorded, as well as many butterflies including the Scotch argus and common blue.


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How to get there


This 44 hectare reserve lies 3 miles south of Pitlochry, on a minor road north of the A827. Ballinluig Island is approximately half a mile west of Ballinluig.

There is a small parking area on the old road off the A827 west of the road bridge crossing the Tummel. Please do not obstruct the entrance to the adjoining business premises.

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Getting onto the reserve

The footpath on Ballinluig Island has been closed indefinitely. There are no footpaths on Tomdachoille Island.

Access restrictions

Visitors are advised that the river Tummel can be very high and dangerous, especially in winter months. There are no footpaths on the reserve and the shingle can be slippery in places, please take care.

Nearest town
Pitlochry (3 mi / 4.8 km)
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