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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. Argyll Forest Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Lochgilphead

    Standing on the very edge of the Highlands, the quiet and secluded Argyll Forest Park is the oldest forest park in Britain covering a large part of North of Cowal.

  3. Glentress Peel

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Peebles

    Glentress Peel is located in the heart of the Tweed Valley Forest Park at Glentress.

  4. Rannoch Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    East Lochaber

    This vast and beautiful forest lies on the southern shores of Loch Rannoch and forms part of the Tay Forest Park.

  5. Galloway Forest Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Straiton

    The Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest forest park.

  6. Mabie Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dumfries

    Enjoy the walking trails, some of the excellent 7stanes mountain biking trails and butterfly reserve in this popular forest.

  7. The Hermitage

    Type

    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.

  8. Cardrona Forest

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Peebles

    Cardrona Forest is located close to Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.

  9. Bennachie

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    Inverurie

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

  10. Niel Gows Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    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.

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