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We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland's forests. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Lael Forest Garden

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

  • The North car park (nearest Ullapool) and Gorge trail (waymarked red) will be closed from 25 October 2021 until further notice for safety reasons due to timber harvesting operations. During this time the South car park and the trails within the Forest Garden will remain open. Please obey any warning signage on site during this period.

About

Rare trees and shrubs in our northernmost arboretum

In the 19th century tree hunters travelled the world collecting rare seed and planting them in arboreta – specialist tree collections – like this one. Spend some time in the exotic freshness of this extraordinary woodland and enjoy making your own discoveries.

You'll come across rare and common trees and shrubs from nearly every country of the world, as well as some wonderful champion trees.

Lael Forest Garden route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Gorge Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • The Gorge trail will be closed from 1 October 2021 until further notice for safety reasons due to timber harvesting operations. However, the trails within the Forest Garden will remain open. Please obey any warning signage on site during this period.

Follow the red waymarkers to explore the forest surrounding the garden and the spectacular Allt na h-Ighine gorge. Return through the forest garden.

Long steep slopes for 400m with several sets of steps. Mostly firm gravel surface. Uneven earthy section with some exposed tree roots.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

This trail starts and finishes in different car parks, giving you a great excuse to meander back to your starting point through the beautiful Lael Forest Garden. You can start this trail from either car park, but if you only want to see the waterfall you will need to start from the north car park.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Arboretum
Arboretum
Picnic area
Picnic area

You'll find toilets, shops and a range of places to eat in Ullapool, about 10 miles (16 km) away.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Lael Forest Garden is on the A835 between Ullapool and Braemore Junction. The north car park is 10 miles (16km) south of Ullapool opposite the woodturning centre, at grid reference NH 196 810.

There's a second car park ¼ mile (400 metres) further south at grid reference NH 196 806.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV23 2RS

Public transport

Buses between Inverness and Ullapool pass the forest. See Traveline Scotland for details.

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Facilities and activities
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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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