Forests near Aberdeen
Every city needs to breathe and Aberdeen is lucky to have four great forests right on its doorstep.
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.
Forests to visit
Once part of a grand estate, tall conifers tower over the paths at Countesswells.
You can gaze up at beech trees over 150 years old, or watch new trees as they grow.
Enjoy the views from a Victorian folly or practise your bike skills in the fun park.
A mature forest with a trail that’s ideal for young children in buggies, toddlers and kids learning to cycle.
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.
Four forests surround the hill of Bennachie, one of Aberdeenshire’s best-loved landmarks.
Named for the hill at its heart, The Bin contains many of Aberdeenshire’s most impressive grand firs trees.
Enjoy classic Deeside scenery of pine, heather and blaeberry.
Catch a glimpse of Delgatie Castle and its loch through the trees of this pleasant, mossy-floored woodland.
Stonehaven's lively community woodland, in the grounds of Dunnottar House.
Walking and mountain biking trails through varied forest and across granite hill tops.
Just five minutes from bustling Banchory lies Scolty Hill, topped by the distinctive Scolty Tower.