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Bennachie Centre - Discovery Trail

Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HX

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  • The distinctive shape of the hill called Bennachie is a landmark that’s meant ‘home’ for thousands of years. People have lived in a fort carved into the hill top and in radical farming settlements on its slopes. They’ve quarried its stone to build houses, and spun yarns about devils and giants who built its tracks or threw its giant boulders in fits of anger.
  • Bennachie Centre is the perfect place to start exploring this much-loved hill and the forests that surround it. Trails vary from a gentle route through the woodland to demanding treks in open country, and in the Visitor Centre you can find out all about the history and wildlife of Bennachie.

Trail Information

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From Inverurie, take the A96 north towards Huntly. After about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) on the A96, take a road on the left signposted to Chapel of Garioch. At the T-junction in Chapel of Garioch turn right, then first left, signposted to the Bennachie Centre. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.2 km) to reach the car park at grid reference NJ 698 216. AB51 5HX is the nearest postcode.
  • By Bus View
    • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • The nearest point for public transport is the village of Pitcaple, about 3 miles (4.8 km) away on the A96. It is served by buses between Huntly and Aberdeen. Alternatively, you could take a taxi from Inverurie, about 6.5 miles (10km) away, which is served by buses and trains.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Inverurie.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail:


  • Parking View
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located just of the road leading from Chapel of Garioch.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Discovery Trail

  • The Discovery Trail is a loop and begins and finishes next to the Bennachie Centre.
  • The Discovery Trail is located to the left of the Bennachie Centre as you face it.
  • The surface of the path is compact loose chippings.
  • There are benches located at regular intervals along the trail.
  • There are directional signage posts located at regular intervals. The signage is written.
  • There are slight slopes located along the path in places.
  • There is a picnic area overlooking Bennachie Pond. The height of the picnic bench is 68cm.
  • Wildlife rubbing posts are dotted along the trail; collect paper and crayons from the Visitor Centre.
  • The wildlife rubbing posts are at a low level.
  • There is a wildlife viewing area located at the end of the trail. Some of the viewing holes are at a lower level.

Bennachie Centre