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Lael Forest Garden

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Lael Forest Garden Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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.

Walking trails

Walking

Gorge Trail

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
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 & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

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

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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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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