A gateway to the rock gardens of the Cairngorm mountains


Life is sweet at the Sugarbowl

The Sugarbowl is a great starting point for getting out into the hills. The Chalamain Gap is a popular route from here – a ravine filled with a jumble of boulders that makes a spectacular destination on its own, or as part of a journey to climb Braeriach. Further on, the Lairig Ghru pass is a classic long distance hike to Braemar, on the other side of the Cairngorms.

All these routes cross open hill country. You'll need a map, compass and good navigation skills. The weather can change quickly and you should be properly equipped with warm and waterproof clothing, food and water. Read our advice on hillwalking.

Our Glenmore Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 2.7MB) has details of sites and trails throughout the Forest Park.

Parking (charge) Picnic area Walking Mountain access

Life's essentials

You'll find toilets and a café at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.

Please note that we do not allow camping in the recreational areas of this site. For more information, get in touch with our district office.

Car parking

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 at the following prices:

  • £25 for a yearly pass for up to two cars
  • £10 for up to a fortnight for up to two cars

For more information please contact us.

Still have time left on your ticket? Tickets purchased here are also valid at the other Forestry Commission car parks in Glenmore. So, make the most of your trip and visit another area of the Forest Park.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Glenmore, By Aviemore

Postcode: PH22 1QU

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Continue through Rothiemurchus Estate and Glenmore village. Sugarbowl car park is on your left about 1½ miles / 2.4 km after the Forest Park Visitor Centre. The car park is at grid reference NH 985 074.

Using SatNav?

PH22 1RB is the postcode for the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, further up the glen. Following directions to this destination will take you past the Sugarbowl.

Public transport

Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass the Sugarbowl. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Sugarbowl is just one of the many places to explore in Glenmore Forest Park. A few miles to the south, Inshriach forest is away from the crowds. Here you'll find trails along the Feshie river, around magical Uath lochans or up to wide views from Farleitter Crag.

For world-class mountain biking, try Laggan Wolftrax.

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