Monday, 11 October 2021
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.
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.
Allow ¾ hour
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.
There are public toilets and a café at Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.
No camping is allowed within the car park area.
The charges to park at Hayfield are:
Payment options: Coin only
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.
The nearest 'pay by card' car park ticket machine is located near the front door of the Glenmore Visitor Centre. Car Parking tickets bought at any machine are valid in all Forestry and Land Scotland Car Parks in Glenmore Forest Park.
Annual parking pass available:
Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.
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.
PH22 1RB is the postcode for the Cairngorm ski centre, a few miles beyond Hayfield.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski centre pass Hayfield. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
A wonderful mix of tall pine, heather and blueberry
The essential starting point for your visit to Glenmore