Carstramon Wood

Carstramon Wood is one of the largest semi-natural broadleaved woodlands in the area, comprising a mix of ancient coppiced woodland around the Doon of Castramont and long-established woodland in the northern half, planted over 200 years ago.

Ancient beech pollards are found throughout the wood, inhabited by a number of rare insects. In spring, the wood comes alive with the sound of summer migrant birds, and in May the woodland floor is spectacularly carpeted with bluebells.

Bluebell © Ida Maspero

Why visit?

  • Enjoy the spectacular bluebells
  • Explore the ancient woodland
  • Spot pied flycatcher and redstart
  • Find the charcoal platforms

Best time to visit?

  • May for bluebells
  • May/Jun for breeding migrant birds
  • All year for woodland walks
  • All year for red squirrels

Visit for:

  • Archaeology
  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From Gatehouse-of-Fleet, take the B796 north. After 2 miles, turn right onto a minor road at Nether Rusko. Follow the road over the Water of Fleet, turn right at the T-junction and parking is available in the layby on the left.

Getting onto the reserve

The main entrance is by the parking layby. Additional access points are present along the minor road and at the top of the reserve.

Getting round this reserve

A network of maintained paths provide access throughout the wood and out onto the hill beyond. The paths are steep in places with some steps and small bridges. Please keep dogs on a lead or under very close control to avoid disturbing wildlife.


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