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.

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


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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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.

Find the perfect place for a picnic

Picnic planning is usually weather-dependent, or often a spontaneous decision spurred on by promising blue skies. In your haste, make sure you’ve got the essentials ready for a great day out.

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


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!


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

family cycling june campaign


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

little girl easter

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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