A short walk up the hill from the main car park at Aline Community Woodland is the Children’s Playground which was created in 2013 with the support of volunteers and members of the community. The site has a fantastic selection of swings, slides, climbing frames and crawl tunnels.

The Children’s Playground is packed with fun play structures, this is just a small portion of it

Beside the Children’s Playground is a cabin which is open 24/7 for the use of visitors. We have decorated some of the walls with information posters about Lewis wildlife, flora and fauna. There are a few chairs and a bench-table and changing room. We also have a comfort facility in the cabin which is served by a rainwater tank. Outside there is a good-sized picnic table too.

Donnie Morrison and volunteer Mark Griffiths installing the information posters in the cabin around the bench table

We only ask that if you use these facilities please consider others, leave everything as if you were never there! Can you ensure that take any litter away with you or leave it in the rubbish bin located in the main car park. Above all, get out and have some fun!

The cabin and picnic table

If you spot anything that needs repair or attending to, please get in touch and let us know.

In the last couple of weeks, SurfLewis surfing school based in Sandwick near Stornoway have started to offer an exciting starting point for learning to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Aline Community Woodland. Each session is around an hour and a half provides expert tuition to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding. These introductory SUP lessons are carried out on the inland fresh water Loch na h-Aibhne Ruaidhe by the car park at the Aline Community Woodland. Its a stunning sheltered spot and offers a perfect location for learning to SUP!

The lessons include lying, kneeling and paddling on the board, paddling technique, body positioning and re-entry on to the board. Any remaining time will give you an opportunity to use your new skills to navigate round the loch.

All participants must be 8 years or older and able to swim 50 metres unaided and those aged 8 – 12 must have a must have a parent or guardian participating on the lesson. 8-12 year old participants will be issued with a soft foam board to match their size for their lesson. Older children under the age of 18 must either have a parent or guardian on the lesson or viewing from the shore within earshot.

For more information about these SUP sessions at Aline get in touch with Rodney Jamieson of SurfLewis & Harris via their website www.surflewis.com or through their Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest information on surf lessons, stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling and open water swimming opportunities in Lewis & Harris. 

We are working on the website again to update and refresh it. We plan to get this site up and running in the next few weeks.

If you have any suggestions for improvements to the site in general, photographs or videos of the community forest or surrounding area you can contribute or you think might be useful to include, please get in touch.

You can message us on our Facebook page and now on Instagram @aline_community_woodlands

If you see any urgent issues that need addressing at Aline Community Woodland you can call:

Donnie on 07770 544 670 or David on 07762 730 401