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Wildfire Warning: There is a Very High risk of wildfire in Eastern and Southern Scotland until Tuesday 16 August. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting our forests.

Scotland is famed for its rich heritage, and you can find a door to the past hidden deep within many of its forests. Ruins of ancient settlements can help us understand how people once lived, and there are plenty of stories and fables to bring forgotten places back to life.

Ruined cottageVisit heritage sites

Explore the wealth of history in Scotland's national forests.

Visit heritage sites

 

World War Two bunker in a woodlandWorld War Two

Discover stories of the people who played a key part in Britain's war effort by working in our forests.

World War Two

 

Axe-marked treeHistoric woodland use

Scotland's forests have been exploited and managed for thousands of years. Learn more about how and where trees have been grown for a specific purpose.

Historic woodland use

 

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