Gruffalo Wood

Easy going wood walks | 1.3 miles from the Curling Pond

Just over a mile outside Dornoch, lies Camore Wood (or the Gruffalo Wood, by younger adventurers), a serene and enchanting forest that beckons visitors with its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere. This native pinewood is a haven for those seeking solace in nature’s embrace or an adventure amidst its verdant landscape. With its open canopy allowing sunlight to dapple through well-spaced trees onto the purple heather below, Camore Wood offers a picturesque setting that captivates the senses and soothes the soul.

Children find it a magical place where their imaginations can run wild, constructing tales of adventure among the trees. Adults, on the other hand, are drawn to the peace and quietude that pervades this woodland sanctuary. The forest floor, blanketed with heather and dotted with wild raspberries and blaeberries during summer, provides sustenance to an array of woodland birds. Meanwhile, buzzards soar overhead in search of voles, and roe deer make fleeting appearances through the thicket, adding to the sense of wonder that envelops this place. It could well be the Gruffalo wood!

What makes Camore Wood particularly appealing for families?

Camore Wood appeals greatly to families due to its combination of natural beauty, wildlife diversity, and where children can learn about nature first-hand.

A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Camore Wood is not only a retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life but also a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Horse riders find solace along its winding trails, while dog walkers enjoy leisurely strolls under its leafy canopy. The forest’s network of paths invites exploration on foot or by bike, offering new discoveries with every visit. Whether it’s witnessing the changing seasons or spotting wildlife in their natural habitat, Camore Wood provides an ever-changing backdrop for adventure.

The wood serves as an outdoor classroom where children learn about biodiversity firsthand. Families can spend quality time together exploring hidden glens or picnicking amidst ancient pines. For those interested in conservation, there are opportunities to participate in activities aimed at preserving this precious ecosystem for future generations.


  • Serene native pinewood environment perfect for family walks
  • Diverse wildlife
  • Ideal location for imaginative play among children
  • Educational opportunities focusing on biodiversity conservation
  • The inner route has a range of outdoor play features suitable for younger children
  • Free car park

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