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...
You’ll find places to eat in Banchory or Peterculter. There are accessible public toilets in Banchory.
Blue Story Trail
Follow stories about a magical wig or an annoying cuckoo while walking beneath the towering Douglas firs.
Uneven gravel surface with some grassy and slightly muddy sections. Includes some fairly steep slopes.
1 miles / 1.6 km Allow ½ hour
Wigabrig and the Fairy Folk' tells the story of a magical hairpiece and some mischievous fairies. 'The Cuckoo' is a tale of what happens when you lay your eggs in someone else’s nest!
Red Story Trail
The devil and a giant have a rock-throwing contest as the trail heads deep into the wood.
Largely wide, firm gravel surface. Short section of rough earth path on a very steep slope. Some exposed tree roots and muddy sections.
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km Allow ¾ hour
It was never going to turn out well when the Devil came to Durris one winter. Find out about the rock-throwing competition he had with Jock the Giant from Bennachie. Or follow the tale of local man Monane Hog, whose kindness to strangers led to great rewards.
Green Story Trail
A fine tour of all the different trees in Clune Wood while learning about several local legends.
Largely wide, firm gravel surface. Short section of uneven earth path with exposed tree roots. One steep slope. Some muddy sections.
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km Allow ¾ hour
Durris Through Time' tells of a visit by an unpopular king and of a local brigand, while 'The Fire' is about how local children learned how to keep warm and help each other.
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.
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.
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.
Buses between Aberdeen and Strachan (service 204) pass the wood. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
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