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Upper Reelig Community Wood

The Woodland Group of Aird Community Trust manages Upper Reelig Community Wood in partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland. We have done this since 2000. We are increasing biodiversity, recreational access and educational activities within the wood while being economically and environmentally sustainable.

Walks around Reelig

There are a number of possibilities to explore the woods  through a network of formal and informal paths. The main paths are marked on this map which also shows the community log building and the wooden xylophone.

Map of Reelig Walks

Directions to Reelig Glen and the walks can be found on the Forestry and Land Scotland website.

Work programme

We have a regular work programme of activities for volunteers over the winter months and new volunteers are always welcome. Activities include thinning trees, maintaining paths, improving biodiversity and creating wooden structures within the wood. Contact us at, for more information.

We meet at the log cabin in the upper Reelig Wood at 10am on (usually) alternate Saturdays over the winter and spring months. Equipment and training is provided. These are organised through the woodland group co-ordinator Jim Murray, contact

Wooden xylophone

If you explore the main path in the upper wood you’ll come across the wooden xylophone just off the path. The xylophone and its shelter were built by woodland group volunteers in 2015/16. All the timber comes from the wood and even the nails in the roof of the shelter are reclaimed. A truly sustainable structure. Have fun making music in the wood!

Hear how a professional musician plays the xylophone. Great stuff!

Balance Trail

In 2019 volunteers created a simple balance trail just off the path in the Douglas Fir plantation. Great for old and young alike to test their balance and stop for while to enjoy the wind in the trees.

Invasive Non-natives

Members of the woodland group worked hard to eradicate the invasive alien weed Himalayan Balsam from the fields and water courses around Reelig and Clunes. You can read about the project here.

We also successfully eradicated an outbreak of Japanese Knotweed from the Millennium Garden in Kirkhill in 2020.