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Forestry and Land Scotland is to close its visitor centres across Scotland in response to the challenges of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The move is in line with UK and Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and prioritises the health and well-being of our staff, visitors, suppliers and contractors.

As from Friday 20 March until further notice, FLS’s visitor centres across Scotland will be closed:

  • Glenmore Visitor Centre, near Aviemore
  • Queen’s View Visitor Centre, Tay Forest Park
  • The Lodge, near Aberfoyle
  • Glentress, near Peebles
  • Kirroughtree, Galloway Forest Park
  • Clatteringshaws, Galloway Forest Park
  • Glentrool, Galloway Forest Park
  • Ae, near Dumfries

The GoApe treetop adventure sites at Glentress and Aberfoyle as well as Nevis Range Mountain Experience are also closed.

Fresh air and being outdoors is not only good for physical health but it can boost wellbeing and reduce anxiety too. However, in line with the latest advice to avoid all unnecessary travel, FLS would encourage people to only visit the forests that are within walking or cycling distance of their homes.  

The walking and biking trails within these forests will remain open but everyone must only visit with family members from their own household and, if encountering other people, still observe the social distancing rule.

The current Government advice is that those not experiencing symptoms, such as a fever or persistent cough, and those not in the high risk groups, can be outside for exercise as long as they minimise social contact.

Up to date information about the action FLS is taking in response to COVID-19 can be found below.

Latest FLS COVID-19 information