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Autumn approaching

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

With autumn on the horizon and the weather turning, it's the perfect time to remember all the amazing scenes that arrive in the latter part of the y...

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Osprey Migration

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Ospreys are one of Scotland’s greatest wildlife revival stories. Considered extinct as a breeding bird in the British Isles in 1916, there are now a...

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Coastal forests off the beaten track

Wednesday, 01 September 2021

The Year of Coasts & Waters has been extended throughout 2021, showcasing some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. However, our amazing c...

A tree infected by a disease causing bark to fall off
Tree Disease In Scotland

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Given the long lives of trees, it can be surprising to learn that many trees in Scotland are at risk from pests and diseases. Whilst some trees can li...

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Car Parking

Monday, 26 April 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland have over 300 car parks to help visitors access the forests we manage and all the walks, trails, picnic areas, viewpoints, visitor centres, adventure and other activities available in them. At some of our car parks we charge for parking to help maintain these facilities and look after the forests and wildlife. You can find out the parking charge (if applicable), how to ...

Phytophthora ramorum

Friday, 25 September 2020

Phytophthora ramorum is a tree disease affecting Larch that has been prevalent in South West Scotland for many years with sporadic outbreaks elsewhere in Scotland. It can’t be eradicated. The only way to slow the rate of spread is to fell the infected trees and those surrounding them. Felling operations and site closures are ongoing in order to remove affected trees and reduce the risk of sprea...

Forests for everyone

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Breathing in fresh air, surrounding yourself with stunning natural beauty and keeping an eye out for your favourite wildlife can be a great way to recharge your batteries. Whether you use a wheelchair, push a buggy, or even if you thought your exploring days were behind you, we think our forests will have a trail for you. Our accessible forests Our all-abilities trails are wide, generally have...

Cycling in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

Other forests offer routes full of artificial ups and downs. In Argyll, the thrills are all natural. The forest park is one of the best areas in the country for real cross-country biking and cycling, with exciting trails and fabulous views. Here are some of our favourites to start you off: At Glenbranter try wetting your wheels in a ford, or follow another long ride around Loch Eck. ...

Explore Kirroughtree

Monday, 01 April 2019

Wild Watch There's plenty of wildlife in the woods around Kirroughtree, especially if you sit quietly and see what comes to see you. And you don't have to go far to see it - scamper along to the Wild Watch Hide to spot red squirrels, and watch out for roe deer amongst the trees along the way. Look out for chaffinches, coal tits, great tits and blue tits on the bird feeders at the hide. If you're ...

Cycling in Glenmore Forest Park

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Glenmore has some great choices for cycling. You can ride here all the way from Aviemore along the Old Logging Way, a traffic-free route that follows the journey taken by thousands of tons of timber down the glen. It’s a well-made, firm trail with mostly gentle slopes. Stop off at Loch Morlich for a picnic on the way. The Lodge Trail (from Allt Mor) and the lower section of the Ryvoan Trail (fr...

Summer in the forest

Monday, 19 June 2017

The evenings are longer, the sun even makes an occasional appearance and the smell of barbecue is in the air - it must be summer! Make the most of the good weather with our round up of activities and ideas. Budget-friendly fun for the family Summer doesn't need to be expensive with these child friendly activities. Holiday activities on a budget   Cool off in the loch (or sea!) Swim,...

Wildlife in Glenmore Forest Park

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Important habitats The Cairngorms National Park has some of the best wildlife habitats in Britain – and they’re big! Glenmore Forest Park is part of the largest area of native woodland in Britain, a huge area of forest that circles the mountains. Heather covers the ground beside many of the trails, making a gorgeous purple carpet in late summer and autumn. Wee birds like Scottish crossbill a...

Heritage in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Argyll Forest Park has a special place in the history of Scottish forestry: the Forestry Commission took on its first tract of land in Scotland when it leased part of Glenbranter in 1921. At the time, the estate laird was Sir Harry Lauder, one of Britain’s most popular entertainers. In the village cemetery there’s a poignant memorial to Sir Harry’s son, who was killed in the First World War...

Heritage in Glenmore Forest Park

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

Drain pipes and men o’war Timber was big business in the 1700s. The magnificent trees of the Cairngorms forests were in demand as cities grew and new industries flourished. Trees felled in nearby Abernethy were even used to make drain pipes for London streets. In 1782, the Duke of Gordon, who owned Glenmore, offered the chance to operate a timber business in the glen. The advertisement promise...

Wildlife in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wildlife is everywhere. Red squirrels scrabble their way across the branches, and pine marten lurk in the darkness of the forest. Crossbills crack pine cones in the tree tops. Over the moorland hen harriers glide softly, hunting for prey, and black grouse chortle. If you’re very lucky you might spot a golden eagle high in the sky, but buzzards are more common! Here are some of our top wildlife ...

Horse riding in Tweed Valley Forest Park

Thursday, 17 April 2014

You can enjoy all the Tweed Valley’s forests on horseback, but Cardona is particularly good. The miles of trails offer lots of different options for cross-country hacks, and there’s plenty of room in the car park for horse boxes. The smaller, charming forest at Cademuir is another good option, again with parking space for horse boxes. If you’re looking for somewhere that can take you on a ...

Walking in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Whether you’re looking for a gentle amble through peaceful woodland or a stiff climb to a spectacular summit, you’re spoilt for choice at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Fun for the family There are family-friendly trails from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, including a magical meander to a waterfall and wildlife hide. Follow the Three Lochs Forest Drive to lovely Loch Drunkie for easy and sce...

Walking in Tweed Valley Forest Park

Thursday, 17 April 2014

There are walking routes for everyone here. At Glentress, you can take an easy stroll around ponds just near the café, follow the stories of people who lived here in prehistoric times, or take a hike into the hills for some superb views. Cardrona has an easy access route from the picnic site that’s firm and level, with no obstacles. If you’re looking for something more energetic, follow the ...

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