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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Glenmore is a beautiful spot that holds one of the few remaining pockets of ancient Caledonian Pinewood in Scotland. In the middle of the forest is Loch Morlich with its long sandy beach. The park also has a visitors centre where mobility scooters are provided for people with limited mobility. The paths and trails around the forest park are well maintained and offer good access. To get to Glenmore head to Aviemore and then head east towards the Cairngorm mountains and the ski area. Pass through Coylumbridge and, after six miles, enter Glenmore Forest Park. OS Grid Reference: NH978098

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 0012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.9 km

Public Transport: Yes
Car Park: All Glenmore Forest Car Parks have paid parking facilities (during the visit the charge was Cars £2 per day, Mini Bus/Coach £8 per day). Various parking locations are available along the trail. Please see the Phototrail for further information on their location.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Toilets are located at the Visitors Centre, at Glen Morlich beach and in the Campsite.

Full Profile

From Aviemore, head east towards the Cairngorm mountains and the ski area. Pass through Coylumbridge and, after six miles, enter Glenmore Forest Park.
OS Grid Reference: NH978098

CarPark From Aviemore, head east towards the Cairngorm mountains and the ski area. Pass through Coylumbridge and, after six miles, enter Glenmore Forest Park. OS Grid Reference: NH978098

Accessible parking is signed from the roadside.

Blue Badge parking bays Accessible parking is signed from the roadside.

 

Direction

Two accessible parking are provided.

Blue Badge parking bays Two accessible parking are provided.

The Visitors Centre is located on the other side of this footbridge.

Visitor Centre The Visitors Centre is located on the other side of this footbridge.

Motorised buggies are available for people with limited mobility. For more information, ask the staff at the Visitors Centre.

Information Motorised buggies are available for people with limited mobility. For more information, ask the staff at the Visitors Centre.

A picnic area is located outside the Visitors Centre. The design and location of the benches is limiting to wheelchair users.

Seat A picnic area is located outside the Visitors Centre. The design and location of the benches is limiting to wheelchair users.

 

Direction

To gain the trail, cross this road. Visibility in both directions is good, althoughthere may be fast moving traffic. It's possible to park a little closer to the start of the trail, if you prefer.

Direction To gain the trail, cross this road. Visibility in both directions is good, althoughthere may be fast moving traffic. It's possible to park a little closer to the start of the trail, if you prefer.

Follow the pavement and head left for about 75 metres.

Direction Follow the pavement and head left for about 75 metres.

Alternative parking is available nearer to the start of the trail.

CarPark Alternative parking is available nearer to the start of the trail.

Bear right to join the start of the trail.

Start Bear right to join the start of the trail.

A 9% downhill gradient is present at the start of the trail although this levels off after a short distance.

Gradient A 9% downhill gradient is present at the start of the trail although this levels off after a short distance.

The trail is well signed throughout.

Direction The trail is well signed throughout.

Bear right at this fork in the path.

Direction Bear right at this fork in the path.

In some places the available width of the path  is reduced to about 1metre

Width In some places the available width of the path is reduced to about 1metre

The path gradient remaiins level for some distance.

Path The path gradient remaiins level for some distance.

Path

At this intersection, bear right.

Direction At this intersection, bear right.

Follow the purple signs.

Direction Follow the purple signs.

 

Path

The path follows the stream down to Loch Morlich.

Path The path follows the stream down to Loch Morlich.

A picnic bench is situated in rough ground. This is the first formal rest area along the trail.

Seat A picnic bench is situated in rough ground. This is the first formal rest area along the trail.

Path

Path

Path

Path

Path

Path

Path

Path

The trail is well signed.  Continue straight on.

Direction The trail is well signed. Continue straight on.

Path

Cross this footbridge if you wish to go further into the park. Go straight on though to follow the most accessible trail.

Direction Cross this footbridge if you wish to go further into the park. Go straight on though to follow the most accessible trail.

View from the footbridge.

Viewing Platform View from the footbridge.

Another picnic bench is situated near to the footbridge and is accessed over unsurfaced ground.

Seat Another picnic bench is situated near to the footbridge and is accessed over unsurfaced ground.

Path

The path widens and the surfacing steadily improves.

Surface The path widens and the surfacing steadily improves.

Bear right here.

Seat Bear right here.

Follow the path a little further to reach  Loch Morlich beach.

Direction Follow the path a little further to reach Loch Morlich beach.

Path

Path

View of Loch Morlich.

View View of Loch Morlich.

View of Loch Morlich.

View View of Loch Morlich.

The path follows the banks of Loch Morlich for some distance.

Path The path follows the banks of Loch Morlich for some distance.

 

Path

A number of 'desire lines' lead towards the beach. These offer vary levels of access.

Surface A number of 'desire lines' lead towards the beach. These offer vary levels of access.

There's a slight step-level rise over he footbridge. Wheelchair users may require assistance.

Step There's a slight step-level rise over he footbridge. Wheelchair users may require assistance.

Follow the waymark post, right.

Direction Follow the waymark post, right.

View across Loch Morlich.

View View across Loch Morlich.

Glenmore holds one of the few remaining pockets of ancient Caledonian Pinewood in Scotland

Wildlife Glenmore holds one of the few remaining pockets of ancient Caledonian Pinewood in Scotland

 

Path

Continue straight on, towards the toilet block.

Direction Continue straight on, towards the toilet block.

 

Information

Ramped access to the toilet block.

Gradient Ramped access to the toilet block.

Accessible toilets are provided here.

Toilets Accessible toilets are provided here.

Accessible toilets are opened with the use of a RADAR key.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are opened with the use of a RADAR key.

 

Information

 

Direction

Alternative parking is available here. This makes the trail considerably more accessible, but the car park is situated further from the Visitors Centre.

CarPark Alternative parking is available here. This makes the trail considerably more accessible, but the car park is situated further from the Visitors Centre.

 

Path

Bear right at the toilets block to return to the Visitors Centre.

Direction Bear right at the toilets block to return to the Visitors Centre.

A slight step level rise in the path.

Obstacle A slight step level rise in the path.

Path

Path

Cross this bridge and head straight on.

Direction Cross this bridge and head straight on.

Cross the road to return to the car park.

Direction Cross the road to return to the car park.

Accessible toilets are also located on the campsite.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are also located on the campsite.

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