Immerse yourself in the Celtic rainforest at Ariundle as you enjoy a picnic with the pixies. Ariundle is a National Nature Reserve renowned for its Atlantic Oak woodlands strewn with mosses, lichens and ferns. There are walks through the woods and along the banks of the River Strontian, as well as a path up to the old lead mines in the hills.
Ariundle oakwoods is a great place for butterfly bagging with pearl bordered fritillary and chequered skippers on site. The Forestry Commission picnic bench by the car park and nearby track to the woods is one of the best places to look out for the chequered skipper as you enjoy your sandwiches and snacks.
The car park at Ariundle is around 2 miles from the village of Strontian where there are toilet facilities, a cafe and some shops. You can also take the Fairy walk along the banks of the River Strontian to the village and return to Ariundle through Anaheilt and Lower Scotstown on a pleasant circular walk.