In 1950, the National Trust for Scotland bought Ben Lawers to protect and conserve these rare plants. Since then, it has expanded the area it owns and now carries out a pioneering restoration and conservation programme.
Ben Lawers is a mountain range for all seasons. Spring comes with the flowering of the purple saxifrage, frog spawn appears in slow-moving burns and pools, and skylarks burst into song.
In the summer, look out for the colourful displays of wildflowers on the lower slopes and arctic-alpines higher on the hill, including moss campion, yellow saxifrage, globeflower and rose root. This is also the time to spot ring ouzels – like small blackbirds with a white neck ring.
In autumn, the slopes turn orange as plants like blaeberry die back, while rutting red deer add to the local colour. Birds of all kinds flock to the area – keep your eyes and ears open for redwings and fieldfares.
Winter is a quieter time for wildlife, although you may see mountain hares or ptarmigan. It is often the best time for walking though, as the scenery can be magical and the views crystal clear.
The mountain ranges stretch for nine miles so you have a good choice of walks and climbs whatever time of year you visit. Popular routes include the high-level climb that takes in Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers. Or try the self-guided circular Edramucky Trail on the lower slopes, which takes you through regenerating woodland and close to the Edramucky Burn to give a stunning view of Loch Tay.
Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in Tayside and gives its name to a whole National Nature Reserve. For more information visit the National Trust for Scotland website at
The Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is a short drive from any of our self-catering holiday cottages and would be a fascinating area to visit at any time of the year and would be particularly attractive to walkers visiting the area over the winter months.