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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. Puck's Glen

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunoon

    Puck’s Glen is deservedly the most famous short walk on the Cowal Peninsula.

  2. Loch Ard Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfoyle

    Loch Ard Forest lies between Aberfoyle and the foothills of Loch Lomond.

  3. Forest Enterprise

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dornoch

    Situated in the northern part of the Scottish mainland, Dornoch Forest District is a relatively young woodland.

  4. Bennachie

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Inverurie

    Bennachie is one of the best known and most popular places to visit in north east Scotland.

  5. The Knock Of Crieff

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    The Perthshire town of Crieff is situated on a tree-covered hill known as the Knock of Crieff which towers to 911 ft (278 m).

  6. Roseisle

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Forres

    Roseisle is a lovely pine forest alongside a beautiful sandy beach.

  7. Eppie Callum's Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    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.

  8. Caberston Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Innerleithen

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

  9. 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.

  10. Galloway Wild Goat Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dumfries and Galloway

    Enjoy a great day out with the family at Galloway Wild Goat Park, surrounded by the rolling hills of Galloway Forest Park.

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