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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Sugarbowl

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Sugarbowl Forest Notice

Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

About

The starting point for many a mountain walk

The Sugarbowl is a great starting point for getting out into the hills. The Chalamain Gap is a popular route from here – a ravine filled with a jumble of boulders that makes a spectacular destination on its own, or as part of a journey to climb Braeriach. Further on, the Lairig Ghru pass is a classic long distance hike to Braemar, on the other side of the Cairngorms.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets and a café at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre. Facilities are also available a couple of miles beyond Sugarbowl at Cairngorm Ski Centre.

No camping is allowed within the car park area.

Car parking information

The charges to park at Sugarbowl 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. 

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.

More parking info

Getting here

From Aviemore follow the signs for 'The Cairngorms' for 8 miles, remaining on the road as it climbs steeply towards the ski centre. Sugarbowl car park is on the left, on the inside of a switchback bend.

Using SatNav?

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

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm ski centre pass the entrance to Sugarbowl. If waiting on a return bus, be sure to choose a safe place away from the switchback bend. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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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 'Sugarbowl': 1.00 miles
Close up of tree bark

Ancient pine trees, dragonflies and wood ants

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Sugarbowl': 1.07 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 'Sugarbowl': 1.51 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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