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The woodlands around Johnstone, Elderslie and Howwood are great places for children to play, friends to stroll and walking groups to keep fit.

Family walking along a hilltop with views of fields in background

Paths lead among the trees right from the street in many places, and you can use buses and trains to get from one forest to another.

Forests to visit

Carpet of bluebells around a tree stumpBluebell Wood

Fresh air and birdsong in the back garden of Johnstone. In spring the wood really lives up to its name.

Bluebell Wood


Two people walking away from camera along a wide woodland pathBoden Boo

A woodland and riverside beach beneath Erskine Bridge

Boden Boo


Person walking away from camera along a hilltop woodland pathHowwood

Enjoy views across the valley to the Kilpatrick Hills and Ben Lomond, with a circular trail through pretty mixed woodland.



Young girl sitting on a swing made from a branchRannoch Wood

A mature woodland of tall beech and sycamore trees.

Rannoch Wood


Two women walking four dogs along a woodland pathWindyhill

A gentle hill leading to the Brandyburn waterfall.