Forest of Ae

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The Blue Cairn on Hound Rig, Forest of Ae

The Forest of Ae is located between Nithsdale and Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland.

The forest was first planted in the 1920s, primarily with Sitka spruce. It has the designation of a 'Priority Forest' for Red Squirrel conservation. The land on which the forest is situated acts as a drainage basin for the Water of Ae, which has a thriving population of otters.

The village of Ae was built in the 1940s to house forestry workers.

A variety of mountain bike trails have been built as part of Forestry Commission Scotland's 7stanes project.

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Coordinates: 55°14′00″N 03°35′00″W / 55.23333°N 3.58333°W / 55.23333; -3.58333