FORESTRY AND LAND SCOTLAND
THE GREAT FORESTS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE
EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Most of the Forestry and Land Scotland visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are open. Autumn is a wonderful time to get out and about in the countryside, to breath fresh air, enjoy a walk or a cycle run, and simply - be outdoors! Check what’s open near your holiday park before you travel and enjoy your visit. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/covid-19 And be sure to take home all your litter.
Forests are places to visit all year round, but perhaps especially now, in the year of the pandemic. Whether it's for a leisurely stroll or adrenalin-fuelled mountain-biking, Scotland's National Forests have something for everyone. Forestry and Land Scotland manages six forest parks across Scotland, with walking and biking trails, as well as visitor and heritage centres, offering a fantastic day out on your caravanning holiday. At Glenmore Visitor Centre near Aviemore, in the Cairngorms National Park, you can explore for miles, have an energetic day out, and then enjoy a good meal in the cafe. You could relax on Loch Morlich beach or hike into the hills from the Sugarbowl. For all you need to know visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot
The Queen's View is in Highland Perthshire, not far from Pitlochry. Enjoy the view fit for a queen, (Queen Victoria, that is!) along with a nice cup of tea in the cafe! Pick up some gifts in the well-stocked shop and explore the forest. Find out more at www.forestryandland.gov.scot
The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park includes the magnificent Loch Lomond, the wooded Trossachs hills, and picturesque Loch Katrine, where once Rob Roy MacGregor roamed.The colours are wonderful in the autumn and there is much to see and do - whether you want to walk (or even swing) through the trees or take a trip on the Sir Walter Scott steamship on Loch Katrine. The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle is the perfect place to start your forest adventure and visit the cafe with the best view in Scotland. Visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot/qefp
Argyll Forest Park on the Cowal Peninsula is the gateway to the great sea lochs in the West. With mountains, glens, lochs and forests, Argyll Forest Park is considered by many to be the finest of all the forests. Although the Park is only a short distance from Glasgow, it is easy to find wild places in it, with only the trees around you - what could be more enticing? Visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot/argylfp
In the Scottish Borders, just an hour south of Edinburgh is the Tweed Valley Forest Park. With seven different forests within it, the Park offers a place for you - whether you want a quiet picnic, a tree-top adventure, a glimpse of the Valley's pre-historic past or some of Britian's best mountain-biking. Famous for its mountain-biking routes, Glentress is the most popular forest in the Park and it has some wonderful walking trails, an exciting Go Ape tree-top adventure course, a super cafe and a well-stocked bike-hire shop (please note, Go Ape may not be in operation). Stop off on your way north and enjoy this Forest Park. Visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot/tvfp
Explore the rolling hills and glens of Galloway Forest Park in the South West to enjoy picturesque trails, three visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and the colourful history of the area. Enjoy great walks, easy cycle trails for families, exhilarating mountain-biking for the adventurous, and breath-taking views of lochs and mountains. An extra bonus is that the Galloway Forest Park has almost no light pollution and you can see a million stars so stay outside when the sun goes down. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/gallowayfp
For all the information on our forests visit www.forestryandland.gov.scot
Activities: There are lots of different activities in Forestry and Land Scotland's Forests, but please note that many of these may not be available this season. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/events
For a Google map on where to find our forests visit: forestryandland.gov.scot/visit
Where to stay: There are Thistle Holiday Parks near many of our forests, so if you are planning a holiday in a caravan holiday home or if you are touring with your caravan or motorhome, make sure that you visit one of these glorious forests on your holiday.
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