Profile of forest visitors: All Forests Survey

The first ‘All Forests Survey' was conducted between 2004 and 2007. It provided a baseline for the number of visits and profile of visitors to Scotland’s National Forest Estate. The survey was repeated between October 2012 and November 2013 using an updated methodology involving a network of 185 automatic vehicle and trail counters compared with manual counts used previously.

In addition to the counts, 2,000 visitor interviews were conducted.

Key highlights:

  • 9.1 million visits took place to the Estate
  • 77 % of visitors live in Scotland and 15% elsewhere in UK
  • Walking is the main activity – 72% of visits
  • 73% are repeat visits
  • 33% of visits are part of a holiday or short break, 35% are day trips involving traveling less than 6 miles and 32% are visits from further afield
  • Average spend per forest visitor (excluding accommodation) is £18
  • 6% of visitors advised they had a disability
  • Average age of visitors is 46

 

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All Forests Survey 2 Main Report (PDF 505KB)

Report from the second All Forests Survey 2 conducted between October 2012 and November 2013.

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Cycling and mountain biking in forests (PDF 268KB)

This factsheet provides the key results from All Forests Survey 2 in relation to forest visitors who take part in cycling and mountain biking.

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Visits to forests in National Parks (PDF 202KB)

This factsheet provides the key results from All Forests Survey 2 in relation to visits to forests in National Parks.

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The first All Forests Survey Report (PDF 616KB)

Report from the first All Forests Survey conducted between 2004 and 2007.

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