Birdsong and grand trees

Rannoch Wood

A wood for all seasons

This mature woodland of tall beech and sycamore trees is ideal for a quick breath of fresh air. Listen for the birds singing in spring and summer, enjoy the colours of the leaves in autumn, and admire the lacework of branches in winter.

Most of the paths are wide, smooth and flat, with a surface of gravel or grass. Some places can get muddy after rain.


Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Rannoch Wood is a good place for a health walk or a group picnic: it’s easy to get to, and you can extend your walk into the Bluebell Wood which is just next door. For some great views, carry on further afield to Windyhill. Look out for guided walks as part of the Renfrewshire Walking Network (RWN).

A peaceful forest estate

Along with neighbouring Bluebell Wood, Rannoch Wood used to be part of the grounds of Johnstone Castle. Old maps show a drive leading through the woodland from the junction of Beith Road and Rannoch Road, and there are still traces of the old estate railings along Tower Road.

In September 1848, the famous composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin stayed at Johnstone Castle as a guest of the Houston family. At first he loved the place, but his visit turned rather sour: the weather was bad, and his carriage crashed into a tree when a horse bolted. 

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


How to get here

It’s easy to walk to Rannoch Wood from Johnstone. If you’re coming by car, there’s plenty of free parking along Tower Road or Rannoch Road, which run along the edges of the woodland.

Using SatNav?

PA5 8LF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Rannoch Wood is just ¾ mile (1.2 km) from Johnstone railway station. Bus services run along Beith Road, past the woodland: get off at either the Tower Road or Elm Drive stop. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Bluebell Wood and Howwood are the forests next door. Together with Rannoch Wood, they form a green crescent on the doorstep of the Johnstone Castle estate. If you’re looking for open views and space, try Windyhill, a new woodland just a mile away.