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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.

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Every city needs to breathe and Aberdeen is lucky to have four great forests right on its doorstep.

There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a quiet green place for a run among the trees, somewhere for children to play or some exciting mountain biking.

Guide map to the forests of Aberdeenshire (PDF 4.1MB)

Forests to visit

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Grand conifers tower over the paths near the car park at Countesswells, which was once part of a grand estate.

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You can gaze up at beech trees over 150 years old, or watch new trees as they grow. Foggieton’s a great place for jogging and there’s a trail ideal for buggies.

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Right on the edge of the city, Kirkhill has loads of room for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders. Enjoy the views from a Victorian folly or practise your bike skills in the fun park. 

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A mature forest with a trail that’s ideal for young children in buggies, toddlers and kids learning to cycle. Look out for the impressive Douglas Firs.

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