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 Visitor 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 Visitor 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.
More information at VisitScotland.com
More information on Bennachie Visitor Centre
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