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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Four forests surround Bennachie, one of Aberdeenshire’s best-loved landmarks. Each has its own atmosphere and unique character: come back time and again until you find your favourite.

As well as beautiful woodland, grand views and rich wildlife, the woods and hills are full of stories, from tales of squabbling giants to pioneering settlers who set up an early commune on the slopes.

Guide map to Bennachie (2.8MB)

Forests to visit

Wide trail through tree trunksBennachie Centre

If you’ve never been to Bennachie before, start here. You can follow trails from a quiet potter though the trees to an all-day hike, and discover Bennachie’s stories in the visitor centre.

Bennachie Centre


Middle-aged couple walking along a forest pathBack o' Bennachie

There’s plenty of space here for a barbecue or to play with a frisbee or a football. When you want to explore, trails will lead you through atmospheric forest or up to the high hills.

Back o' Bennachie


Path leading out of forest under open skyDonview

Quiet routes from Donview lead into the wilds, or you could just enjoy a drive and a picnic beside the river Don.



Man on a hilltop pointing towards a viewRowantree

Many people reckon the best trail to the top of the hill starts from here, following an ancient track used in Pictish times.


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