Coastal Woodland
View of the woods from the loch.

The woodlands, surrounding three sea lochs that converge in Dornie, frame the coastline in various shades of green and brown, except in the winter. Atlantic oaks make up for most of the thick woods, but spruce, Scots pine, rowan and hazel also abound. Paths through the trees are narrow, made by deer and man alike, and meander through the trees rather than cut through in a straight line.

While the trees loom overhead, creating a thick canopy that blocks out most of the sky, fronds of thick bracken makes up for most of the undergrowth, dotted here and there with bright colors — the pink and white of rhododendron and the periwinkle of bluebells, predominantly, along with the motley hues of other wildflowers. Other plants to be found here include wild garlic, sorrel, and honeysuckle in lesser amounts.

The treeline is thick even close to the edge of the lochs, where rocks make for a rough terrain; here, there is no real shore but only a few feet between the woods and the water. Following the curve of the loch northwest brings travelers to the town's waterfront and harbour, while veering north sends them through the valley on the settlement's outskirts.

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