Glenmore Forest Park

[Walking in the north of Glenmore Forest Park, Cairngorms in the distance]

Reached by a good road from Aviemore, Glenmore Forest Park is the main gateway to the northern Cairngorms National Park. Swathes of wildlife-rich ancient Caledonian pinewood stretch over a sheltered bowl, bordered by the main bulk of the Cairngorms to the south and the Meall a' Bhuachaille ridge to the north. A central visitor centre serves as a good introduction to the park, but you need to immerse yourself in the landscape, on foot, to do justice to the area. The jewel in the crown must be Loch Morlich, with the 4 mile walk around the shore recommended. For many though, the highlight of a visit here will be their first sight of a red squirrel: the feeders outside the visitor centre are probably the best place in the whole country to spot them. Or even a sighting of reindeer: Britain's only herd reside here in the park.

[Red squirrel outside Glenmore Visitor Centre]

Name: Glenmore Forest Park ★★☆☆
Location (visitor centre): Minor road 4 miles east of Coylumbridge, G.R.: NH 978098 / canyons currently home
Open (visitor centre) (2017): Daily
Cost: Free
Anything else? Most of the car parks in the park have parking charges - bring change.

>> see separate post for Walk: Magical Loch Morlich ★★☆☆
>> see separate post for Walk: Meall a' Bhuachaille - reindeer on the shepherd's ridge ★★★☆

[Sunshine lights up the Cairngorms beyond Loch Morlich (May 2012)]

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