Located 23km north west of Blair Atholl, A’Mharconaich is in a group of mountains that lie west of the A9 near the summit of the Pass of Drumochter and known accordingly as the ‘Drumochter Hills’.
A’Mharconaich is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC) being one of the best examples of European dry heaths, Alpine and Boreal heaths, Sub-Artic Salix spp. Scrub, Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands and extensive areas of blanket bog.
It is also a Special Protection Area (SPA) being a strictly protected site for rare and vulnerable birds, including breeding Dotterel and Merlin as well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a formal conservation designation for areas which have an extremely high conservation value. Part of the River Spey SAC (designated due to Atlantic Salmon, Freshwater Pearl Mussels, Otters and Sea Lampreys) runs through the middle of the Drumochter Hills SSSI.