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.


10 perfect picnic spots

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There are few things better to do on a sunny day than pack a bag full of edible goodies and head to the countryside for an al fresco lunch. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to spend some time in Scotland’s great outdoors and enjoy the warmer summer months.

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Queen’s View Visitor Centre: A right royal reopening…

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A majestic view deserves a regal companion, and the newly opened Queen’s View Visitor Centre ticks all the boxes.

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It’s creepy, it’s crawly…it’s National Insect Week!

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This week is National Insect Week (23rd – 29th June), so what better time to take the kids out into the forest for a bug hunt!

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On yer bike! A guide to getting started cycling

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It’s National Bike Week (14th – 22nd June) so there’s no better time to jump on your bike and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. Whether you haven’t cycled since you were a kid, or your once beloved bike has lain forgotten in the garage for longer than you care to admit - dust off that saddle, polish up your bell and don your helmet, it’s time for a two wheeled adventure!

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Say hello to our new visitor centres

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We’ve treated our visitor centres to a spot of TLC. Throughout 2014 we’ll be making even more improvements, so watch this space. In the meantime, make sure you pay a visit to one of our visitor centres near you.

A warm welcome awaits at our visitor centres…

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Exciting Easter events for all the family

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It’s that time of year again. The daffodils are in bloom, the chocolate eggs are at the ready and the kids are set to be running around your feet for two whole weeks this Easter break…

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10 great places to stretch your legs in Scotland

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Spring is most definitely in the air and, chances are, you’ve already started planning a trip to enjoy some of Scotland’s beautifully rugged great outdoors. However, getting there is half the battle. After all, kids can get restless on long journeys, and dogs are perpetually desperate to get outside and run around. Nobody really wants to be cooped up in a stuffy car for hours on end, do they? Make sure you plan a stop or two along the way, and you’re sure to find yourself slipping into relaxed holiday mode.

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