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The Bennachie site covers 2,391 hectares and is made up of two forest areas separated by the Bennachie Ridge. "Back O’Bennachie" lies on the north facing slope of the ridge, and "Bennachie and Millstone Hill" to the south. The site's located South of Insch and west of Inverurie. The closest main road is the A96 located to the north east. This road leads directly to Aberdeen 26 miles to the east.

The woodland is diverse, mainly composed of conifers with some areas of broadleaves. The wide area of open land is mainly composed of upland heathland at the top of the hills.

It's a very well-known site and is very visible - as the peak of Bennachie is the highest point in the surrounding area. The forest is a highly valued recreational area, both locally and regionally, with more than 150,000 visitors a year.


  • The new Land Management Plan has been approved and is now valid for a period of 10 years.

Land management plan documents and maps

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