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Glenmore - 100 years of public ownership

Thursday, 23 November 2023

In November 1923, only four years after the establishment of the Forestry Commission, Glenmore was purchased from the Duke of Gordon. 2023 marks 100 y...

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Walking in the Cairngorms

Monday, 20 November 2023

Glenmore was purchased from the Duke of Gordon in 1923, only four years after our predecessor, the Forestry Commission, was established. Since then, t...

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Glenmore Forest Park lies at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s a great place to see what makes the National Park so special: forests that have been growing for centuries form a green sea around high, rounded mountains, and lochs with sandy beaches glitter in the sun. Rare wildflowers and birds thrive among the trees – much of the forest park is a National Nature Reserve. Best of all, it’s easy to explore, with plenty of things to see and do whatever your mood.

An Lochan Uaine (The Green Lochan)

At Glenmore Visitor Centre we can help you find your perfect place in the big glen – there’s a great café too. You could relax on Loch Morlich beach, or hike into the hills from the Sugarbowl. From the visitor centre, an easy trail leads through ancient forest to a beautiful lochan at the foot of dramatic scree slopes.

If you want some real action, Loch Morlich is great for canoeing, windsurfing or sailing. In winter, you could follow the trails on cross-country skis or try a snow shoe trek.

Forests to visit

Child in welly boots standing in brown leavesGlenmore Visitor Centre

The essential starting point for your visit to Glenmore.



Two adults and two toddlers walking towards Loch Morlich BeachLoch Morlich Beach

Watersports and walking at the highest beach in Britain.

Loch Morlich Beach


An Lochan Uaine (The Green Lochan)Allt Mor

A wonderful mix of tall pine, heather and blueberry .

Allt Mor


Loch and treesLoch Morlich

Enjoy views of open water and the mountains beyond from this peaceful picnic spot.

Loch Morlich


Scots pine barkHayfield

Ancient pine trees, dragonflies and wood ants.



Round lochans amongst conifer forestUath Lochans

Head a few miles south of Glenmore to find a forest of shimmering pools and dragonflies.

Uath Lochans


Cairngorms Connect

We are proud to be part of the Cairngorms Connect partnership, committed to a bold and ambitious 200-year vision to enhance habitats, species and ecological processes across a vast area within the Cairngorms National Park.

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