Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the UK’s only native pine species. These towering giants are found throughout the Scottish Highlands, though perhaps not in the abundance they once had. A keystone species in the Scottish uplands, Scots Pine provides the habitat for many of our iconic species such as the capercaillie, red squirrel and pine marten. It is believed these hardy trees were planted around farmsteads to help shield them from the wind. Clusters of the trees could often be found along old drove roads to help guide travellers when the weather turned.