Tales from the forest

Inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests

Tales from the forest

Welcome to the Forestry Commission Scotland blog. Here you'll find inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests.


Climb every mountain

There’s plenty to see outdoors, especially in a country as glorious as Scotland. Summer is the perfect time to take on a challenge with the longer days and (mostly) good weather.

Why not explore the lay of the land and burn some calories summiting some of Scotland’s best hills and mountains? From short steep hikes to longer winding roads, there’s plenty to choose from no matter where you live.

clouds over north face at ben nevis

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Crichton Church

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.

Over the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Last time Matt was exploring the WWII archaeology of Lossie Forest in Moray – and a new postcard has just arrived!

crichton church postcard

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Lossie

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.

Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Last time Matt was visiting a palisaded enclosure at Glentress – but a new postcard has just arrived!

postcard image with text

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8 simple ways to recharge your mind and body in the forest

Nowadays it feels like we never have a minute to stop and just relax. We’re so busy that there’s always something going on; whether it’s work, family, emotional, or other aspects of our lives. It can feel like there are always things to do or to worry about. 

Being active and getting outdoors regularly is a great way to keep healthy and fit physically. It can also play an important role in your mental wellbeing. Research suggests exercise can enhance the body’s ability to respond to stress, and increases norepinephrine levels, which helps moderate the brain’s stress-response.

man in hammock at Lodge Visitor Centre

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Castle Hill

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.

Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Last time Matt was visiting a clapper bridge in Knapdale – but a new postcard has just arrived!

travelling matt castle postcard

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Looking for lichens

We see lichens all the times – in forests, on walls, even at the top of a mountain we’ve just clambered up – but how often do you actually notice them?

With amazing names like Reindeer Moss and Old Man’s Beard, and amazing colours, there’s far more to lichens than meets the eye. They’ve provided us with a source for bright and beautiful dyes, and been used as components in traditional medicine. They also provide us with useful information about how clean our air is.

lichens reindeer lichen

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Achnamara

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.

Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Last time Matt was playing the Timeline Tournament in Culbokie on the Black Isle – but a new postcard has just arrived!

travelling matt clapper bridge text

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: the Black Isle

To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.

Over the course of the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.

Last time Matt was exploring a stone circle in Aberdeenshire, and we're excited to see where he is now!

travelling matt timeline tournament text

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Fantastic forests by ferry

There’s nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and getting out into the wild. We usually head to the forest by car, public transport or foot; but how often do you head out to sea on your way to the woods? There are hidden gems and well-travelled trails all across Scotland’s islands, just a boat-ride away.

visitscotland paultomkins ferry
(c) VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

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