Places to enjoy woodlands
Abernethy Forest National Nature Reserve:
There are waymarked trails at Loch Garten and the RSPB Osprey centre is a great place to see the famous birds and find out about other wildlife in the area.
Cambus O’ May:
Woodland with all ability access paths, waymarked walks, permanent orienteering course and views over Deeside.
Craigellachie National Nature Reserve:
Walks through the birch woods, with excellent views to the mountains, easy access from the centre of Aviemore.
Glenmore Forest National Nature Reserve:
The rare combination of forests, sandy beach and a view to snow capped mountains makes this one of the most popular spots in the Park. Car parking, facilities, trails and activities start from the visitor centre
Glen Tanar National Nature Reserve:
From the visitor centre, over 10 miles of waymarked footpaths wind through ancient Caledonian pinewoods and out onto heather moorlands and high tops.
Anagach woods are adjacent to the town, just a 5 minute walk from the square. There is a network of surfaced paths, including an all-abilities trail, throughout the pinewoods where visitors regularly see red squirrels.
One of the best places in Britain to see montane scrub and natural treeline walking past twisted and gnarled pines. Lower down, waymarked trails and cycle routes lead through the forest, including the pools and wetlands of Uath Lochans and the viewpoint of Farleitter Crag.
Mar Lodge Estate:
Walks from the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich into remnants of the ancient pine forests amongst spectacular mountain scenery.
A stunning example of natural mountain birchwoods easily accessed on relatively short trails from the car park just outside Braemar.
Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve:
Well surfaced and waymarked footpaths lead from the visitor centre through the birchwoods surrounding Loch Kinord and Loch Davan. There is also the 'Vat', a giant pothole carved by a huge melt-water stream during the last Ice Age, and evidence of prehistoric habitation.
The visitor centre in the village looks at the strong relationship between the people of Nethy Bridge and the forest and there are a number of waymarked trails that wind through the woodlands around ‘the forest village’.
The ancient woodlands of Rothiemurchus are a wildlife haven and offer many opportuntities for activities, notably walking and cycling. The extremely picturesque walk around Loch an Eilan is one of the most popular walks in the Park. Find out more from the visitor centre at Inverdruie