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We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland's forests. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Every city needs to breathe and Aberdeen is lucky to have four great forests right on its doorstep.

Two joggers on a forest path

There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for a quiet green place for a run among the trees, somewhere for children to play or some exciting mountain biking.

Guide map to the forests of Aberdeenshire (PDF 4.1MB)

Forests to visit

Dog walking between wild plants on a woodland pathCountesswells

Once part of a grand estate, tall conifers tower over the paths at Countesswells.

Countesswells

 

Close-up of tree trunk; man walking along woodland path beyondFoggieton

You can gaze up at beech trees over 150 years old, or watch new trees as they grow.

Foggieton

 

Two people at the top of a stone look-out towerKirkhill

Enjoy the views from a Victorian folly or practise your bike skills in the fun park.

Kirkhill

 

A man, woman and dog standing on a woodland pathTyrebagger

A mature forest with a trail that’s ideal for young children in buggies, toddlers and kids learning to cycle.

Tyrebagger

 

Explore Aberdeenshire

Beyond the city limits, nestling in the sheltered rain shadow of the mighty Grampian Mountains, the forests of Aberdeenshire have their own special character!

Some are in big forest landscapes, with wide open moorland and powerful skies. Others are close to towns, easy to get to for a brisk walk or a pounding forest run.

Aerial view of Bennachie Visitor CentreBennachie

Four forests surround the hill of Bennachie, one of Aberdeenshire’s best-loved landmarks.

Bennachie

 

Man and woman looking through binoculars from a forest view pointThe Bin

Named for the hill at its heart, The Bin contains many of Aberdeenshire’s most impressive grand firs trees.

The Bin

 

Bright green conifers and a wide woodland pondCambus o’May

Enjoy classic Deeside scenery of pine, heather and blaeberry.

Cambus o’May

 

A view through dark trees to a sunlit pondDelgaty Wood

Catch a glimpse of Delgatie Castle and its loch through the trees of this pleasant, mossy-floored woodland.

Delgaty Wood

 

A wooden footbridge over a woodland gullyDunnottar Woods

Stonehaven's lively community woodland, in the grounds of Dunnottar House.

Dunnottar Woods

 

Panorama of vast, forested hillsidesPitfichie

Walking and mountain biking trails through varied forest and across granite hill tops.

Pitfichie

 

Autumnal hillside with a narrow tower at the peak of the hillScolty

Just five minutes from bustling Banchory lies Scolty Hill, topped by the distinctive Scolty Tower.

Scolty

 
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