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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Aldie Burn

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

  • Forestry work is currently taking place at Aldie Burn. Some sections of trails may be closed at various times. Please observe all signage and diversion notices and do not cross any operating sites.
  • The entrance road to Aldie Burn is currently rough and potholed in places. Once the current timber haulage has finished, we will repair the road.

Gentle strolls among the pines around Aldie Burn

The Aldie Burn winds lazily through this interesting forest on its way to the sea. Once, the burn powered several watermills and supplied water to the people of Tain; now it bubbles dreamily beside easy woodland trails. This is a forest for all ages, a place of tall conifers and tranquil pine, where capercaillie and pine marten hide in secret groves, and colourful dragonflies hover on gossamer wings.

Guide map to Forests of Ross and Cromarty(PDF 5.8MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Pond Trail

A gentle stroll to the salmon-shaped pond, where you can try pond dipping or enjoy a picnic by the burn. 

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout. Short moderate slopes.

Easy (all abilities) trail grade icon
½ miles / 1.0 km

Allow
½ hour

Walking

Aldie Burn Trail

A lovely walk up Glen Aldie. Stop to watch dragonflies along the burn then meander back through gnarled Scots pines and colourful heather. 

Wide, smooth gravel surface throughout. Some moderate slopes. Includes two bridges, one 1.0m wide.

Easy (all abilities) trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

Activities

Adventure in Aldie Burn

There's an extensive network of un-waymarked forest roads here which are great fun to explore on foot, bike or horseback. They’re well-used, so watch out for walkers, cyclists, horses and occasional vehicles. Be especially careful near the car park.

Tain Runners organise training runs in the forest to suit all levels, as well as the annual Tain Hill Trail Race. To find out more about running in the forest contact Tain Runners.

Horse riders are welcome to ride the forest roads here. Please unload horse-boxes in the dedicated space to the right of the car park where there is direct access to the main trail.

If you're going off the main trails remember to tell someone where you are going and take some water and food, as well as a map.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Picnic area
Picnic area

You'll find public toilets, shops and eating places in Tain, 4 miles (6.4 km) away.

Getting here

Aldie Burn is 2 ½ miles (4 km) west of Tain in Easter Ross, not far from the A9. Halfway round the Tain bypass you'll see brown signs to 'Aldie Burn forest walk'. Turn off the A9 here (signposted to Scotsburn) and follow the road for 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) until you see the Aldie Burn forest walk sign. Turn right and follow the forest road to the car park at grid reference NH 754 792.

Using SatNav?

IV19 1PL is the nearest postcode, just after turning off the A9.

Public transport

Sorry, there is no public transport to Aldie Burn.

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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