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.


Romantic places to visit in the forest

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…

We reckon the forest is one of the romantic places to woo a loved one this February 14th, so we’ve put together a guide on the best places to take a dreamy stroll, plan a woodland wedding or even pop that all-important question!

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Year of Food & Drink: Turning junipers into gin

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2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, and we can’t wait to share some stories with you of the rich and inspiring produce that comes straight from our nation’s larder. With a forestry twist, of course.

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5 forest-inspired New Year’s resolutions

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It’s that time of year again. We’re thinking about the things we want to change, the things we could do differently, the things that will make this brand new year the best year yet. A fresh start.

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Top 10 archaeology sites in Scotland’s forests

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Scotland’s forests hold many secrets. Tales of the past echo in the stillness of the trees and ruins remain as a testament to days gone by.

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Hideous Halloween happenings...

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If you go down to the woods today, beware of a big surprise…namely, lots of spooktacular family fun in the forest!

We believe there’s nowhere better for witches, warlocks and otherworldly creatures to congregate around the scariest date on the calendar, than in the deepest, darkest depths of the forest. Which exactly is why we’ve planned some delightful Halloween shindigs for you and the little ghouls to enjoy…

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Time for walkies...it’s National Dog Week

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There are few things in life more joyful than a happy dog. Treat your pooch to a walk in the forest for a good dose of fresh air, and more exciting new smells than he can wag his little tail at.

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Celebrating autumn colours

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And so the end is here. Our autumn colours celebration draws to a close as the final golden leaves fall to earth.

But fear not! We have compiled a selection of some of the best photographs you submitted to us via Twitter or Facebook along with the hashtag #autumncolours. Frankly, we've been bowled over by the gorgeous pics you've shared and hope you've been inspired with some lovely places to visit this autumn.

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Brilliant beach walks

Walkers on the beach at Loch Morlich

Fancy a stroll along the beach? It’s not just about forests here y’know. Picture glorious sparkling waters, warm sand underfoot and a healthy dose of fresh air in your lungs – it’s the perfect summer day out.

Those sunny days aren’t quite done yet, so grab your bucket and spade and get yourself along to one of Scotland’s lovely beaches…pronto!

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National Parks Week 2014

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Each year, National Parks Week celebrates the UK’s wonderful outdoor spaces with special events and inspirational ideas to encourage you and the family to get out and about. There’s also an annual photography competition, showcasing the most picturesque places in Britain’s National Parks.

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