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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Family-friendly trails through towering trees

Tyrebagger is a place to enjoy the grandeur and peace of a mature forest. The Beech Tree Trail is ideal for toddlers and anyone pushing a buggy, while longer routes connect the forest with four hills around Aberdeen.

There are some truly impressive trees at Tyrebagger. In the east of the forest you’ll walk under superb Douglas firs, towering above you like cathedral pillars, shading a carpet of ferns and wood sorrel. In other parts of this old forest you’ll find fine beech trees as well as lofty Scots pine and larch.

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

Walking trails


Beech Tree Trail

Stretch your legs in this enchanting mature woodland and listen for birds, deer or red squirrels.

Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Some short fairly steep slopes. Parts may be slightly muddy and rooty.

¾ miles / 1.3 km

½ hour

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The route passes some of the forest’s fine beech and giant Douglas fir trees, and you can start from either car park.


The Robbers' Trail

Explore the towering trees of Tyrebagger Wood and look out for the Robbers’ Cave, said to be a hideaway for 17th century outlaws.

Uneven gravel surface with some exposed tree roots and potentially muddy parts. Some fairly steep slopes.

1 ½ miles / 2.3 km

1 hour

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The trail is named after the Robbers' Cave, near the southern edge of the forest. Legend tells how it was a hideaway for 17th century brigands, though it may be the remains of a primitive iron ore mine…


Cycling suitable for young and old

Tyrebagger’s flat trails are great for small children to cycle.

Four Hills Walk

Linking Tyrebagger with Elrick Hill, Brimmond Hill and Kirkhill Forest, the Four Hills Walk is a popular route amongst local hillwalkers. To find out more about the walk contact Aberdeen City Council's countryside ranger service at or on 01224 326429.

Getting here

From the A96, turn south onto the B979 (signposted for 'Kirkton of Skene') between the Dyce and Blackburn roundabouts. There are two car parks along this road on the left, both within ½ mile of the turn-off.

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AB21 9TE is the nearest postcode

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