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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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Lael Forest Garden

Where we are

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.

Guide map to Lael Forest Garden (PDF 1.9MB)

Walking trails


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.

1 miles / 1.6 km

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

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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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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