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Bennachie Centre

Ranger Service
Bennachie Centre, Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie AB51 5HX
Tel: 01467 681470, Email: bennachie.warden@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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Opening Hours 2014

October open 10am - 5pm, closed on a Monday. Open 7 days during the school holidays
Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st open 10am - 4pm

The Centre will then be closed until spring 2015.


Path works

Path upgrading work will be taking place at Bennachie, starting on the 20th October, and will last for approximately 1 month. The path affected connects Little Oxen Craig and Oxen Craig. The path will be closed and diversions will be in place. Please follow any safety signage on site. For further information please contact the Forestry Commission on 01466 794161. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Events taking place at Bennachie can be viewed by visiting the Ranger Service events page for full details.


On the eastern edge of the Grampian mountain range, Bennachie is one of northeast Scotland's most recognisable landmarks.
From its highest summit of Oxen Craig at 528 metres to Millstone Hill and its most popular peak, Mither Tap, history abounds in this ancient landscape. Today the hill is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and whether you want to attend an organised event, join a guided walk or just wander through the countryside, there's something for everyone.

Within easy travelling distance of Aberdeen, Inverurie and Huntly there are four car parks situated around the hill giving easy access to the forest and hilltops of Bennachie - the Donview car park near Monymusk, Back O'Bennachie near Oyne, the Rowan tree car park and the Bennachie Centre.

Once you've arrived there's an extensive network of paths for you to explore - from a 15 minute woodland stroll to an all day hike over the moorland hill tops. For trail information, including notice of changes due to forestry operations, visit Forestry Commission Scotland - Bennachie.

One of the most popular starting points to explore the hill is the Bennachie Centre. With its large car park, toilets, gift shop and refreshments, the Centre is a one-stop shop for all things Bennachie. Exhibits tell the story of the hill and its heritage, the people who used to live there and the wildlife that makes Bennachie its home.

Call in at the Centre to hear the story of Jock the Giant, learn more about the forest and how we use its timber or just enjoy a welcome cup of tea. Maps of the hill are available and members of staff are always on hand to give help and advice.

Admission to the Centre is free - groups and coach parties welcome.

Please note Forestry Commission parking charges apply at the Bennachie Centre and Back O'Bennachie car parks.