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Glenmore Visitor Centre

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COVID-19 has changed the way we do lots of things we do. We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

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  • The Glenmore Forest Café and toilets (operated by Cobbs) will be open at weekends only (9.30 am to 3.30 pm) from Saturday 21st November, until further notice. This does mean that the whole building including the toilets will be closed Monday to Friday each week. We apologise for this current lack of facilities and will continue to review this situation.

The essential starting point for your visit to Glenmore

Find out more about Glenmore Forest Park at our visitor centre, where you can consider the range of trails and activities whilst relaxing in our café. You can begin a walk to a magical lochan from here, or jump over the road to Loch Morlich Beach for watersports and cycling trails.

Just outside the Visitor Centre you'll encounter a memorial to a company of Norwegian resistance fighters who were based in Glenmore during the Second World War. They trained in the forest and on the shores of Loch Morlich for daring raids against the Nazi forces occupying Norway.

Guide map to Glenmore Forest Park (PDF 2.7MB)

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Walking trails

Walking

Ryvoan Trail

Visit the enchanting An Lochan Uaine (The Green Lochan) watched over by An Sidhean (The Fairies' Hill), then wind back through the ancient pine and birch forest above.

Smooth gravel track with moderate slopes up to lochan. Rough, narrow gravel and earth section beyond, with exposed tree roots. Long steep slopes with long sets of rough rocky steps.

Strenuous
3 ½ miles / 5.8 km

Allow
2½ hours

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On your quest to the lochan, listen out for red squirrels scampering in the branches or cracking open pine cones overhead.

Activities

Meall a' Bhuachaille hill path

If you want a real workout, there's a great hill route from the visitor centre up to Meall a' Bhuachaille – the hill of the shepherd. The path is a stiff climb from the car park to the summit at 2600 ft (810 metres). It's well worth it for the view from the top towards the rolling Cairngorm plateau and the wide strath of the Spey. There's a clear, easy to follow path to the summit. You'll need proper hill walking equipment for this trip. Find out more about the route at WalkHighlands.

Children's activities

If you have children with you, don't forget to pick up one of our Forest Park activity sheets from the visitor centre.

Orienteering

From spring through to autumn temporary orienteering markers are established around the National Orienteering Centre in Glenmore Forest Park, offering a great introduction to this fun and adventurous sport. Visit the National Orienteering Centre website to find out how to obtain a map.

Facilities & access

Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre

The Glenmore Forest Café and toilets (operated by Cobbs) will be open at weekends only (9.30 am to 3.30 pm) from Saturday 21st November, until further notice. This does mean that the whole building including the toilets will be closed Monday to Friday each week. We apologise for this current lack of facilities and will continue to review this situation.

Our car parks and trails remain open 7 days a week.  Public toilets are available in Aviemore - please check the Highland Council website for details and opening times here.

Visitor Centre opening hours (as of 21 November 2020)

  • Weekends Only: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Café opening hours (as of 21 November 2020):

  • Weekends Only: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Last orders for hot food 30 minutes before closing; takeaway only 15 minutes before closing.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus and coach all day

No camping is allowed within the car park area.

Your ticket can be used at our other car parks in Glenmore before the expiry time.

Annual (£25) and fortnightly (£10) season passes are also available. Speak to one of our staff members or contact us for more details.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the visitor centre and café. Water and tie-up points are available outside.

Getting here

From the roundabout at the south end of Aviemore follow the signs for 'The Cairngorms' for 6 miles. Glenmore Visitor Centre is easy to spot on the left-hand side of the road, just beyond Loch Morlich

You can cycle here from Aviemore on the Old Logging Way; a superb, safe bike route that runs for 6 miles from Aviemore to the Visitor Centre.

Using SatNav?

PH22 1QU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass the visitor centre. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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