Glenmore Visitor Centre
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.
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Latest forest information
- Update 11 Feb 2021: The car park at the Visitor Centre is closed temporarily as we are unable to clear it of snow due to damage to our snow plough. We apologise for any inconvenience.
- The Visitor Centre, toilets and Glenmore Forest Café (operated by Cobbs) will be closed until further notice. We apologise for this current lack of facilities.
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.
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.
Allow 2½ hours
On your quest to the lochan, listen out for red squirrels scampering in the branches or cracking open pine cones overhead.
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.
If you have children with you, don't forget to pick up one of our Forest Park activity sheets from the visitor centre.
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
The Visitor Centre, toilets and Glenmore Forest Café (operated by Cobbs) will be closed until further notice. We apologise for this current lack of facilities.
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.
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 passes are also available. Speak to one of our staff members or contact us for more details.
- £40 for cars
- £100 for mini-bus/coach
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the visitor centre and café. Water and tie-up points are available outside.
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.
PH22 1QU is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass the visitor centre. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
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