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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 cottage at KnapdaleVisit heritage sites

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

Visit heritage sites


WW2 defences at RoseisleWorld 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


Coppiced woodlandHistoric 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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