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Lael Forest Garden

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Rare trees and shrubs in our northernmost arboretum

In the 19th century tree hunters travelled the world collecting rare seeds. On their return they would plant them in arboreta – special tree collections – like this one. At Lael, you’ll find exotic species from all over the world. You’ll also find some wonderful champion trees. This is a great spot to discover something new.

Walking trails

Lael Forest Garden route card (PDF)

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.

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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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