Glenmore Visitor Centre
Get stuck into Glenmore
At the heart of the Forest Park, the visitor centre is an ideal place to start your visit. Find out more about this wonderful forest, choose from a range of trails and relax in the popular café. You can go on a quest to a magical lochan, or stretch your legs to get to one of the best views on Speyside. There are more trails, including all-ability access routes, just across the road at Loch Morlich beach.
The visitor centre is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily, and is just one of the many places to explore in Glenmore Forest Park (PDF 3.9MB).
This visitor centre has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.
Unwind in the cafe
Our cafe at Glenmore Visitor Centre is the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea and naughty-but-nice slice of homemade cake. Or if you're looking for something more substantial, treat yourself to a warming bowl of soup, tasty panini or filling baked potato. There's a kids' menu too, so even little tummies will be happy.
The café is open 9.30am - 4:00pm daily. Takeaway only between 3:45pm and 4:00pm.
Please note that we do not allow camping in the recreational areas of this site. For more information, get in touch with the Inverness, Ross and Skye district office.
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £1.50 for up to 3 hours
- £2 for all day
- £8 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes are also available at the following prices:
- £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
- £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars
For more information please contact us.
Still have time left on your ticket? Tickets purchased here are also valid at the other Forestry Commission car parks in Glenmore. So, make the most of your trip and visit another area of the Forest Park.
Glenmore Visitor Centre has received a silver award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The Glenmore Beach Trail has additional accessibility advice to help you plan your trip. Click the button for more information from DisabledGO.
Visit the enchanting An Lochan Uaine (The Green Lochan) watched over by An Sidhean (The Fairies' Hill), then wind back through the ancient pine and birch forest above.
Smooth gravel track with moderate slopes up to lochan. Rough, narrow gravel and earth section beyond, with exposed tree roots. Long steep slopes with long sets of rough rocky steps.
3 ½ miles / 5.8 km Allow 2½ hours
On your quest to the lochan, listen out for red squirrels scampering in the branches or cracking open pine cones overhead.
Mountain biking trails
Follow in the footsteps of shepherds
If you want a real workout, there's a great hill route from the visitor centre up to Meall a' Bhuachaille – the hill of the shepherd. The path is a stiff climb from the car park to the summit at 2600 ft (810 metres). It's well worth it for the view from the top towards the rolling Cairngorm plateau and the wide strath of the Spey. The route is marked as far as the forest edge, then there's a clear, easy to follow path to the summit. You'll need proper hill walking equipment for this trip.
Make your own fun in the forest park, or pick up one of our inspiring activity sheets from the visitor centre.
Remembering the past
During the Second World War, a company of Norwegian resistance fighters were based in Glenmore. They trained in the forest and on the shores of Loch Morlich for daring raids against the Nazi forces occupying Norway. Today you'll find a memorial to them just outside the visitor centre.
How to get here
From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Continue through Rothiemurchus Estate and on to Glenmore village. The visitor centre is on your left in the centre of the village. The car park is at grid reference NH 977 098.
You can cycle here from Aviemore on the Old Logging Way, a superb, safe bike route that runs for 6 miles / 9.7 km between Aviemore and the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.
PH22 1QU is the nearest postcode, centred on the Glenmore youth hostel just next door.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass the visitor centre. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
For world-class mountain biking, try Laggan Wolftrax.
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