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Hayfield

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Hayfield Notice

Overnight parking is not permitted in the Hayfield Car Park.

No fires or barbecues are permitted.

About

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.

Glenmore Forest Park route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

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 trail grade icon
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 and access

Walking
Walking
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 information

The charges to park at Hayfield are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus or coach all day 
  • Your ticket can be used at our other car parks in Glenmore before the expiry time.

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:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

More parking info

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.

Get directions

Nearby forests

Male hiker walks along wooden boardwalk through woodland at Allt Mor, near Aviemore

A wonderful mix of tall pine, heather and blueberry

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Hayfield': 0.07 miles
A walker in a green jacking walking down a path through a field of heather, heading to Meall a'Bhuachaille, Glenmore, Inverness Ross and Skye, Forestry Commission, Scotland

The essential starting point for your visit to Glenmore

Facilities and activities
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
Orienteering or wayfaring
Orienteering or wayfaring
Distance from 'Hayfield': 0.45 miles
Woman and child walk on beach with trees around and on far shore of loch, and distant hills beyond.

Watersports and walking at the highest beach in Britain

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Hayfield': 0.53 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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