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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. Ae Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dumfries

    The shortest place name in the UK, but Ae offers a wide variety of walks, 7stanes mountain biking trails, a café and bike shop. There's also a collection of old farm machinery!

  2. Glentress Peel

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Peebles

    Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park at Glentress.

  3. Quarrymill Woodland Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Perth

    Quarrymill Woodland Park is situated on A93, half a mile north of Perth, and includes three excellent waymarked walks.

  4. Rannoch Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    East Lochaber

    This vast and beautiful forest lies on the southern shores of Loch Rannoch and forms part of the Tay Forest Park.

  5. The Birnam Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    The Birnam Oak is an iconic tree on the outskirts of the Perthshire village and celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

  6. Great Trossachs Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    The Trossachs

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

  7. Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Strontian

    Situated on a rocky knoll on the shore of Loch Sunart, this beautiful, peaceful hide offers some great views over the neighbouring waters.

  8. Macrosty Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    Macrosty Park is situated on the west side of the Perthshire town of Crieff and features woodland, a path network and a Victorian bandstand.

  9. Strathyre Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfoyle

    Explore the ‘Sheltered Valley’, this stunning mixed woodland forest is the ideal location for those wishing to hike, climb or walk.

  10. Den Of Alyth

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Alyth

    The Den of Alyth is a wooded glen situated on the outskirts of the Perthshire village of Alyth, five miles from Blairgowrie.

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