Gaick Forest

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Gaick, a desolate alpine tract, a forest once, in Kingussie parish, Inverness-shire, around the head of Glentromie, contiguous to the Perthshire border. It touches, or rather overlaps, the watershed of the central Grampians, its mountain summits culminating at an altitude of 2929 feet above sea-level; and it abounds in grandly romantic scenery, including on its southern border one of the most accessible and picturesque of the passes over the central Grampians. It partly contains, partly adjoins, three lakes - Loch an Duin (10 x 1½ furl.; 1680 feet), Loch Bhradain (4½ x 1¾ furl.; 1460 feet), and Loch an t-Seilich (9 x 31/3. furl.; 1400 feet). Wood there is none now, except some scattered birch copse; but the 'forest' is stocked by numerous herds of red deer, belonging to Sir George Macpherson Grant, Bart. of Invereshie; and by him it is let for £2000 a year. It contains only one house, Gaick Lodge, 10 miles S by E of Kingussie.—Ord. Sur., sh. 64,1874.

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