10 Reasons why you should visit Callendar Woods this winter

Forest Enterprise Scotland is encouraging everyone to visit Callendar Woods and explore everything that it has to offer this winter.

Callendar Woods is straight from a fairy tale, a picturesque forest full of wildlife and fascinating stories from the past.

When it comes to winter it is tough to find a reason to venture into the outdoors, but when you have a piece of history on your doorstep there is no excuse not to explore. That’s why Forest Enterprise Scotland has given 10 reasons why we should visit Callendar Woods in the coming months.

Alistair Whyte, Community & Recreation Forester, Forest Enterprise Scotland, stated:

“Callendar Woods is filled to the brim with history. Every walk takes you through the woodlands and onto another historical journey. From the Romans to royalty, Callendar Woods has seen it all. It is definitely a woodland that should be on everyone’s list of places to see, whether it is for a casual stroll or a visit to Callendar House.”

1.       Enjoy a piece of history with friends or family as the woodland is over 500 years old.

2.       Callendar House is located within the woodlands and is a great attraction for all ages. It hosts a museum with many permanent displays including the story of Callendar House.

3.       The house also boasts an interactive experience within the kitchen. Costumed interpreters create an exciting experience, including samples of 19th century food and stories of working life in a large home.

4.       If you are a fan of nature, and more particularly trees you will be happy to hear a walk through Callendar Woods includes viewing both exotic and native trees. You will find trees such as the Scots Pine, Rowan, Birch, Yew, Douglas, Noble and Grand Firs and Cypress to name a few. Not only is there a large variety of trees there are also a few oak trees that are over 250 years old.

5.       You never know what is going to be around the corner on a stroll through the grounds, you might stumble upon the old kennels or even the Forbes Family’s mausoleum.

6.       It is filled to the brim with wildlife from insects, spiders, beetles and slaters, and birds such as chaffinches and warblers to small mammals like the wood mouse or shrew. Keen wildlife photographers will have a great day out at Callendar Woods.

7.       You will be walking in the footsteps of the Romans who built a wall and forts in Callendar Wood and used it for resources.

8.       It is a great place for kids, packed with things to see and do and the Castle Callendar Play Area is open all year.

9.       You would be walking amongst the woodland that built Linlithgow Palace and it is still used for timber to this day. 

10.   Forest Enterprise Scotland bought the woods in 1999 for people to enjoy. Go for a day out, walk, jog cycle and enjoy Callendar woods in your own way.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.