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Peaceful woodland trails, intriguing sculptures, exciting hill paths and a place for a barbecue

Back o’ Bennachie

Relax at the Back o' Bennachie

Spilling down the northern slopes of the hill, the forest at Back O’Bennachie is a delight. There’s a large, open picnic area where you can have a barbecue or play a game of forest football, and trails through atmospheric forest.

On the hillside above the forest you can find the remains of the quarry that supplied stone to build local villages, and a superb circuit that takes in three of Bennachie’s summits. Our guide map of Bennachie (5MB) will help you explore.


Parking (charge) Toilets Picnic area Barbeque Walking Mountain access Ancient monument

Life’s essentials

The toilets here are open from Easter to September. You’ll find places to eat in Oyne, Chapel of Garioch and Inverurie.

Car parking charges

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. For more information please contact us.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Going to the top?

It may not be a Munro, but climbing Bennachie can be a real mountain experience with real mountain dangers. Ice and snow make the paths extremely hazardous in winter and spring. Even in summer the wind blows constantly at the top and temperatures will drop suddenly in rain. Don’t get caught out - dress warmly, take boots and waterproofs and be prepared to turn back when the weather changes.

Beauty, timber and wildlife

All the forests around Bennachie are constantly changing. These are working woods, managed to produce a crop of trees in a cycle that involves felling and re-planting. We plan this work so visitors can continue to enjoy the forests, and so the wildlife that depends on the trees is protected.

Along the Working Wood Trail you can find out more about our work. The timber from the Bennachie forests supplies local sawmills, paper mills and other wood processors: next time you buy some chipboard, it might have come from the slopes of Bennachie.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200

Email: morayaberdeenshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Follow the A96 north from Inverurie for about 7 miles (11.2 km). At the Oyne Fork turn left onto the B9002, signposted to Insch. Follow this road through Oyne village for about 2 miles (3.2 km), then turn left on a narrow road signposted ‘Back o' Bennachie Forest Walks’. The car park is about 1 mile (1.6 km) up this road, at grid reference NJ 661 245.

Using SatNav?

AB52 6RH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses serve Oyne village, about 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) away. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Four different forests circle Bennachie, each with their own character and trails to discover. If you’re looking for some exciting mountain biking, try Pitfichie.


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