Have an explore at Hayfield
Most of the time, Hayfield is a quiet place with a charming trail past ancient pine trees, where dragonflies flash across forest pools. But it’s transformed into a hive of activity when sporting events come to the forest, like husky rallies and the Glenmore 24 overnight race.
Our guide map (PDF 3.9MB) has details of sites and trails throughout the Forest Park.
You'll find toilets and a café at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.
Please note that we do not allow camping in the recreational areas of this site. For more information, get in touch with our 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.
Pine Knoll Trail
Walk beneath the towering old pine trees, where wood ants build their nests and dragonflies dart about beneath the canopy.
Firm gravel and earth surface throughout. Some loose and uneven sections, and occasional muddy patches after rain. Generally flat with a few moderate slopes and one short flight of steps.
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km Allow ¾ hour
Sparkling dragonflies hatch in forest pools along this trail: look out for them in summer. On dry slopes, crowds of busy wood ants build their nests.
Mountain biking trails
Hayfield car park started as a storage yard for the contractors who built the road up to Coire Cas car park, now the base station for the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Before then, this was as far as the road went: hardy skiers had to walk in to the slopes, carrying their gear!
How to get here
From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Continue through Rothiemurchus Estate and Glenmore village. Hayfield car park is on your right about ½ mile / 1 km after the Forest Park Visitor Centre.
The car park is at grid reference NH 980 091.
PH22 1RB is the postcode for the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, further up the valley. Following directions to this destination will take you past Hayfield.
Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass Hayfield. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Hayfield is just one of the many places to explore in Glenmore Forest Park. A few miles to the south, Inshriach forest is away from the crowds. Here you'll find trails along the Feshie river, around magical Uath lochans or up to wide views from Farleitter Crag.
For world-class mountain biking, try Laggan Wolftrax.
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