Find your path at Foggieton
Foggieton's two waymarked trails take you through some of the oldest as well as the youngest trees in the wood. Crane your neck at the magnificent beech trees towering over the car park (planted in the 1860s) and then wander like a giant amongst the fresh young growth of Foggieton's newest woodland (planted in the 2010s).
A new upgraded path now links Foggieton Woods to Cults. The path will be open to all users once it has settled, but please refrain from taking horses on the path at present.
Find out more in our handy Forests of Aberdeenshire leaflet.
There are 24-hour accessible public toilets at the Library in Cults and plenty of places to eat in Cults and Bieldside.
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.
Watch for warblers flitting among the young trees on this short winding trail.
Firm, largely smooth gravel surface throughout. Generally flat with some short moderate ramps. Some patches may be slightly muddy.
½ miles / 0.8 km Allow ¼ hour
A storm blew down this area of the wood many years ago. Now it has been replanted with a variety of native trees, but they still have a lot of growing to do. Silver birch trees, with their long slender trunks and pale bark, are also regenerating naturally. They love the light and want to get closer to the sky.
Wander through the magnificent mature beech wood and look for blackberries and raspberries in the summer and autumn.
Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout, with some short muddy patches. Long moderate slopes.
1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km Allow ¾ hour
The beech trees which tower over the car park are over 150 years old. They were planted on this farmland around the same time as Aberdeen University was founded and slavery was abolished in America. Imagine how small they must have been then!
Mountain biking trails
Walkers and joggers of all ages love Foggieton for its small natural paths and varied woodland. Occasional orienteering events are organised here in summertime by Grampian Orienteers.
Foggieton wood was planted on agricultural land which was last worked in the 19th century. Its name means 'messy farm' and hidden clues to its farming past can still be seen in the wood.
There is a good example of rig and furrow cultivation under the beech trees in the car park. The rig was a raised ridge where the crops were planted, the furrow a hollow into which excess water could drain. This type of cultivation was common in North East farms in the 1700s and 1800s.
How to get here
From Aberdeen on the A93, turn right (north) at the Bieldside junction beside the church. Continue on for 1¼ miles (2 km) and the forest car park will be on your right.
From Aberdeen on the A944 turn left (south) at the Kingswells roundabout, follow the unclassified road until a T-junction. Turn right, then first left. The forest car park will be on your left, about 2 miles / 3 km from the roundabout.
The car park entrance is at grid reference NJ 868 039.
AB15 9BS is the nearest postcode.
There are longer trails at Countesswells just half a mile away.
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