Forest Wood

Forest Wood is on the southern edge of Cumbernauld. It consists mainly of plantation woodland, with small areas of lowland peat bog, heath and grassland. A number of flowering plants and fungi thrive, with damselflies and palmate newts dwelling in the pond. Cuckoos can be heard during springtime.

The paths through the reserve can sometimes be muddy.

Forest Wood is within the Cumbernauld Living Landscapes partnership project.

Wood warbler © Steve Garvie

Why visit?

  • Sheltered and peaceful woodland
  • Footpath to Palacerigg Country Park
  • Diverse range of habitats

Best time to visit?

  • Spring for cuckoos
  • Autumn for fungi

Visit for:

  • Pond
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching


From the A8011 (Wilderness Brae), turn off onto the B8054 (Lye Brae) heading south east, signposted Carbrain. Go straight across the roundabout by Cumbernauld High School and then turn left, signposted Abronhill, onto Forest Road. Take the third exit off the next roundabout and then the first left into Lime Crescent. Turn left once in Lime Crescent and park your car.

Getting onto the reserve

Access to the reserve is via the underpass under Forest Road, coming out onto a footpath next to the Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve sign.

Getting round this reserve

Sections of footpath can be muddy and susceptible to flooding in winter. Footpaths are not suitable for wheelchair users. Please also be aware that there are old mining works in this area, and that visitors are advised not to stray from the footpaths. Wildfires are also common from May to August.


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