Walk among generations of grand fir trees and enjoy stunning views from a choice of great trails

The Bin

Explore terrific trails at The Bin

It might be called ‘the Bin’ but it’s got nothing to do with rubbish! This site takes its unusual sounding name from the Gaelic for hill or mountain – bheinn (pronounced ‘ben’).

Bin forest was first planted in the 1840s with fir tree seeds brought back from North America by the famous Scottish plant-hunter David Douglas. Originally planted to supply timber, this forest now offers much more than just wood.

You'll find more great trails in the Forests of Aberdeenshire guide (PDF 4.1MB).


  • Tree-felling work will be taking place at locations within the Bin Forest between 12 February and the end of April, affecting access to trails as work progresses. Please obey all signage while the work is taking place.

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Life’s essentials

You’ll find plenty of places to eat and public toilets in the small historic town of Huntly, just a couple of miles away. Huntly also has a Visitor Information Centre, open from April to October in the town square (telephone 01466 792255).

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

As well as a great place to enjoy some fresh air and the feel of the forest, the Bin is home to two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – one for geology and the other for its mire or wetland. Groups can arrange to visit the sites by contacting the Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District Office.

If you’d like to stretch your legs a bit more, there is a long-distance trail that passes through Bin forest to Balloch wood. Please be aware that Balloch Wood is a popular place for horse-riding.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200


How to get here

The Bin is about 2 miles / 3.2 km north of Huntly on the A96. The car park is signposted on the right.

The car park is at OS Grid Reference: NJ 505 418.

Using Sat Nav?

AB54 4TS is the nearest postcode.

You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There are lots more trails to explore at nearby Coynachie.

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