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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. Tweed Valley Forest Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Peebles

    The Tweed Valley Forest Park is situated in the Scottish Borders, less than an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh.

  2. Dalbeattie Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dalbeattie

    Explore the woodland trails of Dalbeattie Forest on foot or by bike.

  3. 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.

  4. Moncreiffe Hill

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    Hills & Mountains

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    Bridge of Earn

    Moncreiffe Hill Wood is a beautiful mixed woodland covering a hill, just 3 miles south of Perth.

  5. Craigvinean Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Craigvinean Forest forms part of the Tay Forest Park and is situated 1 mile north of Dunkeld in Perthshire.

  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. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfoyle

    Enjoy a great day out at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and discover wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a wide range of activities.

  8. Thornielee Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    Innerleithen

    Thornielee wood is part of Tweed Valley Forest Park and can be found around 3 miles east of Walkerburn..

  9. 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.

  10. Weem Wood

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfeldy

    Weem Wood is an area of woodland situated on a steep craggy slope above the village of Weem, to the north-west of Aberfeldy.

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