Monday, 11 October 2021
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.
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.
Allow ¾ hour
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.
You'll find toilets, shops and a range of places to eat in Ullapool, about 10 miles (16 km) away.
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.
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.
Nearest postcode: IV23 2RS
Buses between Inverness and Ullapool pass the forest. See Traveline Scotland for details.
A forest in the shadow of the red mountain
Climb this isolated Munro or enjoy the native woodland on its lower slopes