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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. Tentsmuir

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Leuchars

    A beachside pine forest, with miles of trails and lots of wartime heritage and wildlife to explore.

  2. The Hermitage

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Dating from the 18th century, this National Trust for Scotland-preserved site sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest.

  3. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Newton Stewart

    Southern gateway to Galloway Forest Park, home to some great walks, 7stanes mountain biking trails, café and bike shop. Explore from here to Clatteringshaws via the Red Deer Range and Wild Goat Park!

  4. Birks Of Aberfeldy

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfeldy

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Queen's View

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Pitlochry

    The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866.

  8. Atholl Woods

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Atholl Woods are situated a short distance from Dunkeld, on the Atholl Estate in Perthshire, and include a diverse range of trees and wildlife.

  9. Loch Ard Family Sculpture Trails

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aberfoyle

    Enjoy a family-friendly experience on the Loch Ard Sculpture Trails, near Aberfoyle, and discover wildlife as well as fascinating sculptures.

  10. Mull Eagle Watch

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Mull

    Mull Eagle Watch - Join our eagle experts to get the low down on these high fliers.

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