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How to visit Scotland's secret rainforest - the last of its kind in Europe

Red squirrel, Loch Awe
Home to red squirrels and plenty of other wildlife Credit: Philip Price/WTML

The Scots have many words for rain. The day had started dreich but, after a little smirr it was stoating. We were soon drookit. ‘It’s not rained like this for weeks’ said the locals. It was the middle of summer but I was happy. After all, I’d come to Scotland especially to visit the rainforest.

Yes, Scotland has rainforest. Temperate rainforest, otherwise known as Atlantic woodland, or Celtic rainforest. 

“Scotland is the last stronghold of this globally important and rare habitat that once spread along the Atlantic coastline of Europe,’ it says in a report on the state of Scotland’s rainforest, published earlier this year by the Woodland Trust. You won’t find enormous trees with buttress roots...

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