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Lochans hidden among the pines and a grand view from this forest by the Dee

Cambus o’May

Explore the charms of Cambus o'May

Cambus o'May is one of those places you can visit again and again – and find something new each time. Each season has its charms, from wildflowers in spring to crisp winter days.

Choose from trails that cross a lochan on a picturesque bridge, or wind through Scots pine trees where squirrels chatter. If you really want to take it easy, there’s a grand view of Deeside’s mountains just from the car park.

Explore Cambus o’May, or find other places to visit with a guide to all our Aberdeenshire forests (PDF 4.1MB).


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Dogs and wildlife

Cambus o’May is an important site for ground nesting birds like capercaillie. Please keep your dog under very close control – either at heel or on a lead – to help protect them.

Life’s essentials

You’ll find a range of places to eat in Dinnet, Ballater and Aboyne. There are accessible public toilets in Ballater and Aboyne.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


For a longer outing on foot or mountain bike, there’s a great route that visits Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, just over the hill from Cambus o’May. Take the forest road north east from the furthest point on the Pine Tree Trail and it will lead you straight onto the reserve. While you’re there, don’t miss the Vat, a spectacular pothole in the granite. Return to Cambus o’May along the Deeside Way, a traffic-free route along an old railway line.

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

Cambus O'May is on the north side of the A93 between Ballater and Dinnet.

From Ballater, take the A93 east towards Aboyne. The car park is sign posted on your left about 2.5 miles / 4 km from the edge of Ballater. There is a bus stop at the forest entrance.

The car park is at grid reference NO 404 981.

Using SatNav?

AB35 5SD is the nearest postcode.

By bus

Buses between Aberdeen and Ballater stop at the car park entrance by request: ask to be let off at Cambus O May. There is an hourly bus service on most days. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Vat, a spectacular granite pothole, is just a few kilometres away on Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.


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