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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Hayfield

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Hayfield Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Ancient pine trees, dragonflies and wood ants

Hayfield is a quiet place with a charming trail past ancient pine trees, where dragonflies flash across forest pools.

However, come when a sporting event is on - a 24 hour run or a husky race, maybe - and it becomes a hub of activity with great viewpoints for all the action.

Guide map to Glenmore Forest Park (PDF 2.7MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Pine Knoll Trail

Walk beneath the towering old pine trees, where wood ants build their nests and dragonflies dart about beneath the canopy.

Firm gravel and earth surface throughout. Some loose and uneven sections, and occasional muddy patches after rain. Generally flat with a few moderate slopes and one short flight of steps.

Moderate
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Sparkling dragonflies hatch in forest pools along this trail: look out for them in summer. On dry slopes, crowds of busy wood ants build their nests.

Facilities & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets and a café at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.

No camping is allowed within the car park area.

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

Still got time on your ticket? Your parking ticket is valid in all of our Glenmore car parks.

Season passes are also available to purchase from the nearby Visitor Centre.

  • £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
  • £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars

Getting here

From the roundabout at the south end of Aviemore follow the signs for 'The Cairngorms' for 6½ miles. About a ½ mile after Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre, a large grassy space opens up on your right. The car park for Hayfield is at the far end of this, just before the snow gates.

Using SatNav?

PH22 1RB is the postcode for the Cairngorm ski centre, a few miles beyond Hayfield.

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski centre pass Hayfield. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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