Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.
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Latest forest information
From 22 March for 2 weeks, all bridges within Bluebell Woods are being replaced. There will be no through route through the woodlands between Elm Drive and the trail branch towards Auchenlodment Primary School. Please refer to the provided map (PDF 1.57MB) for further clarification of closures. Please adhere to all safety signage.
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.
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