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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. Faskally Wood

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Killiecrankie

    Faskally Wood is an extensive woodland area within Tay Forest Park on the banks of Loch Dunmore, approximately one mile north west of Pitlochry.

  2. The Hermitage

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    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. Learnie Red Rocks

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Cromarty

    Learnie Red Road is one of the best kept secrets of Scottish mountain biking offering some of the most amazing views of the Moray Firth.

  4. Niel Gows Oak

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Dunkeld

    Niel Gow’s Oak is a large oak tree and part of the Craignvinean Forest which runs along the south bank of the River Tay.

  5. Culbin Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Forres

    Culbin Forest is a pine wood with wildlife ponds which extends east from Nairn 9 miles along the coast to Findhorn.

  6. Macrosty Park

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    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.

  7. Yair Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Selkirk

    Yair Forest is situated in the heart of Tweed Valley Forest Park and provides breathtaking views over the River Tweed and surrounding hills.

  8. Balmaha Millennium Forest Park

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Balmaha

    Balmaha Millennium Forest Path is a great walk exploring the village of Balmaha near Loch Lomond.

  9. Bennachie

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Inverurie

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

  10. 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.

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