The site proposed by the Society was the 'area west of the River Shin’. At the time, this was land within the estate of Skibo Castle, home of the businessman Andrew Carnegie. Today, the castle is a highly exclusive hotel, while the proposed area – now Achany Forest – is owned by the Forestry Commission. There is a visitor centre at the Falls of Shin where, in summer, you can watch Atlantic salmon leaping over the waterfalls as they move up river to breed. The area is rich in wildlife including birds like crossbill, siskin and goldcrest, alongside the elusive pine martin.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Shin River