We want to make it easier for people to get the most out of the nation’s forests. We maintain more than 1200km of walking tracks and 130 cycle routes – not forgetting the visitor centres and wildlife viewing spots we’ve established across the country. We even employ landscape architects to help us design forests that are nicer to look at.

Managing forests for people

Cover of the Forests for People recreation framework

Forests for People, our recreation framework, sets out how we manage Scotland’s National Forests to benefit the people who visit them.

Forests for People: A strategy for access, recreation & tourism in Scotland's National Forests (PDF 3.8MB)

Our priorities are to provide:

  • Accessible woodland close to communities
  • Low key, well designed, high quality and welcoming facilities that fit with the natural environment
  • Opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural heritage
  • Robust locations for physical activity and adrenaline sports
  • Iconic places that are part of Scotland's natural and cultural heritage
  • Access through woodlands as part of daily journeys, longer distance routes or mountain access

Research and resources