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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. Glentrool

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dumfries & Galloway

    Explore the waymarked trails, cycle routes and picnic areas by bike amidst the highest hills of South Scotland.

  2. 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.

  3. Kylerhea Marine Hide

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Kyleakin

    The woods at Kylerhea are a great place for a short stroll and to find out about marine life.

  4. Knapdale

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Lochgilphead

    Knapdale Forest is surrounded by a National Scenic Area and is partially bordered by the Crinan Canal and the Sound of Jura and Loch Sween.

  5. Culbin Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Forres

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

  6. Glentress Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Peebles

    Glentress Forest is the gateway to the Tweed Valley Forest Park and is located only an hour's drive south of Edinburgh.

  7. Clashindarroch Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Huntly

    This large forest in Aberdeenshire boasts a variety of trails for cross-country skiers.

  8. Learnie Red Rocks

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Newcastleton

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Newcastleton

    Newcastleton forest is situated in the valley of Liddesdale, next to the border with England.

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