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Six stories lead you through the forest – and there's a Bronze Age observatory to discover

Clune Wood

Explore the mysteries of Clune Wood

This small forest has some big stories to tell. Local children have written tales to follow along the forest trails, with two to choose from on each of the three routes. The stone circle at the southern edge of the wood must have plenty more stories to tell – but nobody knows exactly what they are...


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Life’s essentials

You’ll find places to eat in Banchory or Peterculter. There are accessible public toilets in Banchory.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Forestry Commission Scotland manages Clune Wood in partnership with the Friends of Durris Forests.

Pupils from Durris school developed the stories on the trails, working with storytellers Stanley Robertson, Grace Banks and Jackie Ross. The stories are inspired by local folktales and history.

A heavyweight observatory

The stone circle at the southern end of the wood includes a large stone lying on its side, called a recumbent . It weighs about 9 tons and must have taken at least 30 people to move it into position. Two standing stones at either side act as a frame for the full moon sometimes, so the whole arrangement may have been built as a sort of observatory.

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

Travel west on B9077 from Aberdeen and about ½ mile / 1 km before Kirkton of Durris turn left on a minor road, signposted Woodlands of Durris. In the village, turn left and carry on for ¼ mile / 400 metres to the forest entrance.

The car park is at grid reference NO 793 957.

Using SatNav?

AB31 6BE is the nearest postcode. It’s in the village of Woodlands of Durris: you will need to follow the directions above from there.

Public transport

Buses between Aberdeen and Strachan (service 204) pass the wood. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.


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