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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. Caledonian Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Tyndrum

    Explore the surviving remnants of this once great forest that covered vast areas of Scotland.

  2. Roseisle

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Forres

    Roseisle is a lovely pine forest alongside a beautiful sandy beach.

  3. Yair Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Selkirk

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

  4. 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.

  5. Lady Mary's Walk

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    Lady Mary’s Walk is a popular route in Crieff which runs along the banks of the River Earn.

  6. 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.

  7. Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Strontian

    Situated on a rocky knoll on the shore of Loch Sunart, this beautiful, peaceful hide offers some great views over the neighbouring waters.

  8. Fortingall Yew

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Fortingall

    The Fortingall Yew is a heritage tree of international importance which is situated in the Highland Perthshire village of Fortingall, eight miles west of Aberfeldy.

  9. 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.

  10. Glenmore Forest Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Located at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains, this magnificent forest park is well-known for its Caledonian pinewoods.

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