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  • Looking across the Caledonian pine trees at Coire Loch in Glen Affric, Highlands © FC Library
    Caledonian pine trees at Coire Loch in Glen Affric, Highlands © FC Library
  • Loch Trool, near Newton Stewart, in the Galloway Forest Park
    Loch Trool, near Newton Stewart, in the Galloway Forest Park
  • Looking through trees to Victoria Falls in the Slattadale Forest near Loch Maree, Highlands
    Victoria Falls in the Slattadale Forest near Loch Maree, Highlands
  • The wildlife hide at Sunart Oakwoods on the shore of Loch Sunart, Highlands © FC Library
    The wildlife hide at Sunart Oakwoods on the shore of Loch Sunart, Highlands © FC Library

Scotland is home to several stunning oak woodlands. Often referred to as ‘Celtic rainforests’, these dense oak forests are home to abundant flora and are carpeted in soft layers of mosses, liverworts and lichens.

The oak tree has deep roots in Scottish natural history and is believed to have grown in Scotland for thousands of years. Oak trees tend to live up to 500 years but there are some Scottish oak trees thought to be even older.

You will find oak woods in Taynish National Nature Reserve, Sunart Oakwoods in Argyll and the Wood of Cree in Dumfries & Galloway.

There is a reason why Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ as you will find some of the most remarkable trees here, from the world's highest hedge and Europe's oldest tree to the widest conifer in Britain and the sole survivor from Shakespeare's Birnam Wood. There are some stunning woodland trails near Killiekrankie and Dunkeld.

Thousands of years ago, vast swathes of the Scottish Highlands were covered in ancient pinewood forest known as the Caledonian Forest. Today only one percent of the original ancient forest remains in pockets across the region. These forest segments are made up of Scots pine, birch, aspen, rowan, oak and juniper and provide a rich ecosystem that supports a variety of rare and wonderful flora and fauna.

You can get a glimpse of what the Highlands looked like thousands of years ago by visiting the remains of this ancient forest at Mar Lodge, Loch Garten and Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms or National Nature Reserves such as Glen Affric and Loch Maree in the western Highlands.

You will find other wonderful woodlands in Glenmore Forest Park in the heart of the Cairngorms, Yair Forest in the Scottish Borders, Galloway Forest Park in Dumfries & Galloway and Knapdale Forest in Argyll.

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  1. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Perth

    Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park to the east of Perth includes the five hills, Corsiehill, Deuchny Hill, Barn Hill, Binn Hill and Kinnoull Hill.

  2. Caberston Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    Innerleithen

    Caberston Forest is located next to the Leithen Water to the north of Innverleithen..

  3. Elibank & Traquair Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Innerleithen

    Elibank & Traquair Forest are located in the Tweed Valley Forest Park to the south of Innertheithen in the Scottish Borders.

  4. Fortingall Yew

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Fortingall

    The Fortingall Yew is a heritage tree of international importance which is situated in the Highland Perthshire village of Fortingall, eight miles west of Aberfeldy.

  5. Great Trossachs Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    The Trossachs

    Great Trossachs Forest is one of the most significant native woodland regeneration projects across Great Britain.

  6. Eppie Callum's Oak

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Crieff

    Eppie Callum’s Oak is an ancient oak tree in Crieff which is said to have once sheltered notorious outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor from his enemies.

  7. Achray Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Aberfoyle

    Achray Forest is a woodland area sitting astride the Duke's Pass between Loch Achray and the Trossachs to the north, and Aberfoyle to the south.

  8. Abernethy Forest And Dell Woods

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    Nethy Bridge

    This wood is the largest native Scots pinewood in Britain and offers a unique mix of woodland and northern bog. It is home to a great variety of wildlife.

  9. Birks Of Aberfeldy

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    The Birks of Aberfeldy is a circular walk through mature mixed woodland on the western outskirts of Aberfeldy.

  10. Caledonian Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Tyndrum

    Explore the surviving remnants of this once great forest that covered vast areas of Scotland.

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