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Glenmore Visitor Centre

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Updated 15 September

  • Glenmore Forest Cafe by Cobbs will be open as normal on Monday 19th September with a 2 minute silence observed at 12 noon.
  • Please do not bring disposable BBQ's to Loch Morlich or light fires during your visit. This is a safety risk, and you will be asked to extinguish them.
  • Please plan ahead and book accommodation or campsites for overnight stays. Overnight parking is not permitted within our car parks.
  • Visitor Centre toilets are only available within café opening times - 9.30am to 4pm. Toilets are available 24/7 in the Loch Morlich Beach car park.
  • Please park responsibly and ensure access is maintained for residents and emergency services vehicles.There are 8 car parks available within Glenmore. Please see below for further information.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

About

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.

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Walking trails

Glenmore Forest Park route card (PDF)

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. Walk starts at the front of the visitor centre.

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 trail grade icon
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. The path starts at the rear of the visitor centre, marked by a wooden signpost. 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, why not follow one of the seasonal self-led trails often put out by the ranger service? Look for the start of the trail at the visitor centre.

Facilities and access

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

Opening hours

  • Glenmore Visitor Centre: Open 9:30am-3:30pm, 7 days a week.

  • Glenmore Forest Café by Cobbs: Open 9:30am-3:30pm, 7 days a week.

  • Car parks and trails: Open 7 days a week.

When the cafe is closed, the nearest public toilets are at the Loch Morlich Beach Car Park, available 24 hours 7 days a week. Please check the Highland Council website for details and opening times of additional toilet facilities.

Car parking information

The only 'pay via card' car park ticket machine is located near the front door of the Glenmore Visitor Centre. Tickets bought at any machine in the Glenmore Forest Park are valid in all our other car parks in Glenmore. The charges to park at Glenmore Visitor Centre are:

  • £2 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for up to 3 hours
  • £4 for all day (vehicles up to 7 seats)
  • £12 for minibus or coach all day 
  • Blue Badge holders park for free. Please display your badge clearly

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

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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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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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