A Guide to Visiting Scottish Forests

Whether you want to get more exercise, help the environment or explore more beyond your doorstep, Scotland’s forests are a great place to visit!

Follow these tips and ideas to make the most of the forest and make sure Scotland’s forests stay in good nick! 

Camping 

Camping is a great way to relax and get away from it all! However, it's important to make sure you're respecting the area you're setting up in. Check out our Scottish Outdoor Access Code information on camping.

Remember to 'leave no trace' - clean up after yourself and the area where you camped.

Check out the video below on wild camping from Ramblers Scotland and TikTok star Littlest Chicken.

Species Scavenger Hunt  

The forest is crawling with insects who are busy keeping the trees in our forests in good shape and benefiting our eco-systems. Why not find out what species are in your local forest. You can even do this with species of trees, insects, or animals! 

Be sure not to disturb any animals or their homes when you’re looking. 

Mindfulness  

Fancy getting away from it all and taking a break? Relaxing in some open space might be just the thing for you! Take a book, meditate or listen to some music in your local forest and feel more connected with nature.

Picnic  

Pack some sandwiches and juice for a wholesome picnic at your local forest. You can walk up to enjoy the views or settle somewhere quiet for a relaxing picnic.  

Remember to take your rubbish with you (leave no trace!) and not to feed any animals.  

GoApe  

GoApe is a great day out! Test your abilities on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and loads of other obstacles and crossing! 

Don’t forget to book ahead and get 15% off with your Young Scot National Entitlement Card!

Hikes and Hillwalking   

Want to get amazing views from the tops of the hills and mountains? Then a hike is for you! Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe while hiking and hillwalking:

  • Plan your route beforehand. You can find detailed route descriptions at Walk Highlands.
  • Learn how to use a map and compass before you go. You might find yourself in a difficult situation where your phone isn't working and you don’t want to get caught out.
  • Take the proper equipment; good walking boots will prevent injury and the right clothing will protect you from any adverse weather. 
  • Take plenty of food and water and a torch. Sometimes these trips can last longer than expected!
  • Leave details about your trip with someone who can raise the alarm if things go wrong.
  • If it's too hard, turn back.

Find out more about hiking safely on the Forestry and Land website.

Litter Picking  

Some people miss the ‘leave no trace’ guidance and leave their rubbish behind them. You can help keep your local forest looking good by litter picking. This can help save animals getting injured and keep our forests in good condition! 

Bird Watching  

Bird watching is a great way to get to know your local forest. Grab some binoculars, keep very quiet and find out which birds live in your forest. Find a helpful bird watching guide on the RSPB website.

More Information

To find out more about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code you visit Know The Code.

Visit the May Forests Be With You homepage for information on making the best use of our forests!