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We want to make it easier for people to get the most out of the nation’s forests. We maintain more than 750 miles of walking tracks and 130 cycle routes – not forgetting the visitor centres and wildlife viewing spots we’ve established across the country. We even employ landscape architects to help us design forests that are nicer to look at.

Two girls walking at Cardowan Moss

Managing forests for people

Forests for People, our recreation framework, sets out how we manage Scotland’s national forests to benefit the people who visit them. Our priorities are to provide:

  • Accessible woodland close to communities
  • Low key, well designed, high quality and welcoming facilities that fit with the natural environment
  • Opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural heritage
  • Robust locations for physical activity and adrenaline sports
  • Iconic places that are part of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage
  • Access through woodlands as part of daily journeys, longer distance routes or mountain access

Forests for People: A strategy for access, recreation & tourism (PDF 3.8MB)

Delivering better wildlife viewing experiences

Nothing to See Here booklet coverMany visitors to our forests and other countryside sites enjoy seeing wildlife. For some people, this can be the main reason for visiting. However, providing good wildlife viewing opportunities can be challenging.

Nothing to See Here: delivering better wildlife viewing experiences (PDF 2.3MB) offers guidance to anyone managing wildlife viewing facilities. We hope you find it useful.

Research and resources

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