Bennachie Visitor Centre - Where your Bennachie experience begins ...

Pitcaple, Inverurie AB51 5HY

Bennachie Visitor Centre, Pitcaple, Inverurie AB51 5HY

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a map of the walks available?

Yes, maps are located at all the car parks, available from the Bennachie Visitor Centre or available to download from the Forestry Commission website.

How long does it take to go up Bennachie?

Although the Bennachie hill range is made up of many peaks the most popular summit is Mither Tap. The summit can be reached from various car parks but the main path runs from the Visitor Centre, allow approximately 2.5 hours to go up and back.

Can we have a picnic?

Yes, tables are provided in the car parks. Please note there is no seating up the hill.

When are you open?

The hill and car parks are open all the time. The Bennachie Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am April to October.

Are the paths signposted?

All the main routes on the hill are waymarked.

Is there a walk suitable for wheelchairs?

Yes, the Discovery Trail from the Bennachie Visitor Centre is an all abilities trail.

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Where do I park my car?

There are four car parks giving access to Bennachie - the Rowantree car park, Donview, Back o'Bennachie and at the Bennachie Visitor Centre. Details can be found on the Forestry Commission website.

Can I get a season ticket for the car park?

The season tickets for parking are £35 for the year and cover all of the Moray and Aberdeenshire Forestry sites where Parking and Display applies.

You get one ticket but can put two cars on it if you wish.

They are available from us here at the Bennachie Visitor Centre or from the Forestry Office at Huntly, telephone: 0300 0676200.

Are there toilets?

Public toilets are situated at the Bennachie Visitor Centre and at the Back o'Bennachie and Rowantree car parks.

Can we get a coffee?

The Bennachie Visitor Centre serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, snacks, ice-cream and sandwiches. Groups can be catered to - please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Can we organise an event in the Aberdeenshire and Moray Forest district forests?

Forest Enterprise Scotland aim to allow all permission requests to be granted where possible on Forestry Commission land. If you do not require vehicle access into the forest, or are happy to take the forest as you find it then it may be possible to run small events without a permission or charge, following the guidelines of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code Forest Enterprise Scotland have produced Guidance Notes and Application Form which is available for download here in Adode Acrobat PDF format.

Scottish Natural Heritage(SNH) produce a document about organising outdoor events in Scotland. This document, in Adobe Acrobat PDF format can be read on the SNH web site here.

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