Who doesn’t love a stroll through the forest on a lovely September day? If that’s your thing then Devilla Forest is a great choice for your next accessible forest trail.
Situated between Dunfermline and Kincardine, Devilla Forest is home to plenty of red squirrels with its amazing Scots Pine trees. There is even a Red Squirrel Trail dedicated to these little creatures. They all must have been sleeping or just simply hiding from us as we didn’t manage to see any. Our two-year-old Nephew was on a mission to see some of the red squirrels and even some black bears after watching them on TV the day before. We couldn’t possibly spoil his fun by telling him they don’t actually live in Scottish Forests and I’ve got to admit…it was kinda fun trying to find the black bears.
Devilla Forest has been graded as an ‘Easy – muscle loosener’ trail for all abilities. I found the surface fairly flat with a few gentle slopes. We veered off to the left passed a loch, which included some of those small slopes. The trail possibly remains flat if you continue straight ahead after the first loch. I’ll definitely try that way the next time.
Although we only managed to see one loch during our walk, there are four lochs throughout Devilla Forest. We got to see lots of Dragonflies swooping around the loch, but unfortunately none of the otters that habitat around that area. I had never seen Dragonflies before, but I was shocked at how big they actually were.
I was intrigued to discover that Devilla Forest has an interesting history that includes the grave of three children who died from plague in 1645 and indications of a explosives research station from the Second World War. You can also find a carving made from the apron strings of a witch. Now I know this, I hope I never get lost in Devilla Forest at night.
We even picked some delicious berries as you can see from my Nephews stained hands. They were so good!
Even though we didn’t complete the trail it was still really enjoyable and I’m looking forward to visiting and exploring more of this beautiful forest again soon.
What is your favourite accessible forest?