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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

The Bin

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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.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Update 21 December: The car park and the Gallon of Water Trail are now open but the Ferny Knowe and Queen Tree Trails remain closed. Please follow on site signage.

About

Big impressive trees and Deveron valley views

Named for the hill at its heart, The Bin contains many of Aberdeenshire’s most impressive grand firs. Some date back to the 1840s and are among the oldest in the country.

Medicinal powers were once attributed to the Gallon of Water, a small pool near the knobbly top of the Bin, but today most people make the climb for the invigorating views across the Huntly countryside.

Be sure to visit The White Wood. Local people planted this new area of woodland with native trees, shrubs and wild flowers as a living monument to peace. The white wood is located off the Queen tree trail between Ferny Knowe and Clean Hill.

The Bin route card (PDF)

Walking trails

Walking

Ferny Knowe Trail

A short stroll around Ferny Knowe and Boddum Hill with some great views through the majestic larch trees.

Mostly wide, uneven gravel and grassy surface. Some exposed tree roots and slightly soft sections. Includes one fairly steep slope.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

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Lots of wild things make their home in Bin Forest. If you want to see red squirrels or roe deer, early morning or dusk are the best times to visit. Keep an eye turned to the sky as you explore – you might glimpse a peregrine falcon or sparrowhawk wheeling high above the woodland.

Walking

Queen Tree Trail

Generations of trees can be seen on this trail, from grand firs planted in the 1840s to seedlings pushing through the soil.

Firm but uneven gravel and grassy surface. Some steep slopes. Includes exposed tree roots and slightly muddy sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
3 ½ miles / 5.5 km

Allow
2 hours

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The grand fir trees planted here grew from seeds brought back from North America by plant-hunter David Douglas. The Queen Tree, which gives this trail its name, could have grown from one of them! Native trees thrive here too – gean (wild cherry) and rowan are also common at the Bin.

Walking

Gallon of Water Trail

Climb through the forest to the top of The Bin for great views and a pool that was believed to have healing powers. 

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Sections of rough, narrow earth path. Long steep slope with one short flight of wooden steps. Includes some rocky, rooty and potentially muddy parts.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.5 km

Allow
2½ hours

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The ‘Gallon of Water’ is actually a shallow pool at the top of Bin Hill. People used to believe its waters had healing powers – it was particularly well known as a cure for whooping cough.

Start this walk by following the yellow markers of the Bin Hill Trail before branching off to follow the white markers to the Gallon of Water.

Facilities and access

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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets are in the small historic town of Huntly, just a couple of miles south.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

The Bin is on the east side of the A96 about 2 miles north of Huntly. The car park is well signposted, a ¼ mile north of the turn-off to Drumdelgie.

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AB54 4TS is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Yellow gorse with fields and forests along rolling hills in the background

Wildlife-rich woodland near Huntly

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'The Bin': 4.62 miles
Conifer tree at Balloch forest

Miles of trails and some of the finest views in Moray

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'The Bin': 4.97 miles
Person cross country skiing among snowy pines

Cross-country ski-ing on the edge of Aberdeenshire

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Skiing (cross-country)
Skiing (cross-country)
Distance from 'The Bin': 10.13 miles

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