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Red squirrels play and legends lurk among the trees

Devilla

The Scots Pine trees of Devilla make a perfect habitat for red squirrels: the forest is a real stronghold for these frisky animals in Lowland Scotland. After you’ve tried spotting them along the Red Squirrel Trail, you could try finding the four lochs, home to darting dragonflies and agile otters.

Look out too for relics of past times among the trees, such as an enigmatic stone monument, where legend the Battle of Bordie Moor raged in 1038, and a boulder said to have been carved by a witch’s apron strings. Our leaflet guide to Devilla will help you explore the network of forest roads and paths.

Parking Picnic area Walking Easy-access trails

Life’s essentials

You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Kincardine or Culross.

From a bad farm to a peaceful woodland

Devilla covers an historic landscape of farm and moorland whose place-names are rooted in Gaelic language and culture. Its own name means ‘bad farm’, referring to poor quality land some way north of the forest.

Many of the historic relics among the trees are evidence of long-forgotten lives and struggles. They include the poignant grave of three children who died from plague in 1645, and traces of a Second World War explosives research station.

Now it’s a productive forest as well as a peaceful place to walk, ride or cycle. Every season has its charms, and the leaflet guide to Devilla will give you an idea of what to look out for as well as clues to the mysteries hidden in the forest.

Contact Name : Scottish Lowlands

District Office Name : Scottish Lowlands
Address : Five Sisters House
  Five Sisters Business Park
  West Calder
Postcode : EH55 8PN
Telephone : 01555 660190
Email : scottishlowands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

How to get here

Devilla is on the A985 between Dunfermline and Kincardine, and is well signposted from the road. The car park is at grid reference NS 964 870.

Using SatNav?

FK10 4AS is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Just 1 ½ miles (2.4 km) away, Balgownie is a little-known ancient woodland with some fine old oak trees. Gartmorn Forest, near Alloa, makes a great extension to a walk round scenic Gartmorn Dam. Trails at Blairadam will take you to soaring spruces, waterfalls and stories of a mining ghost.