COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
Pretty, open woodland on the hillside above Johnstone
4 ½ miles of well-maintained paths meander through this pretty, open woodland on the hillside above Johnstone. The peaceful Craigbog Burn and some rocky outcrops make this a wonderful place for children to play and families to get some fresh air.
Bluebell Wood used to be part of the grounds of Johnstone Castle along with nearby Rannoch Wood and Windyhill. Despite their unique characters, the three are barely separated which is why the locals refer to them all as 'the woods'.
Facilities & access
There are shops, places to eat and public toilets at nearby Johnstone Castle.
The woods are sandwiched between Rannoch Road and Maple Drive on the south side of Johnstone. There are plenty of entry points, although aim for on street parking on Elm Drive or Maple Drive if bringing a car.
PA5 9TG is the nearest postcode.
The forest is less than ½ mile (800 metres) from Johnstone railway station, and there are bus services along Beith Road and Rannoch Road on the edges of the woodland. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Get in touch
Have a question or suggestion for improvement?