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Glen Tanar Estate lies in the heart of Royal Deeside in Scotland and covers 25,000 acres, embracing a rich range of habitats.

This stunning wilderness location has mountains, rivers, farmland and lots of Caledonian pine forest.

The forest boasts some of the most spectacular and specialised creatures to be found anywhere in the UK including the highly secretive Capercaillie.

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Glen Tanar - Visitor Guide

Address:Glen Tanar Estate, Brooks House, Glen Tanar, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Postcode AB34 5EU
Telephone:013398 86451
Countryside Ranger - Telephone 013398 86072

013398 86047



Streetmap of Glen Tanar

Ordnance Survey:OS ref: NO526965
Key attraction:Caledonian pine forest.
Essential kit:

Sensible footwear and outdoor clothing.

Tree guide, bird identification book, binoculars.

Nature watching:

Salmon spotting. Tree identification.


Bird watching - Capercaillie, Crested Tits, woodland birds.

Trails network radiating from the visitor centre providing - all abilities. The red trail takes visitors on a circular loop along the waterway, through the pine forest and across farmland.

Top tip - arrive early if you want to see wildlife at its best.

Facilities:Glen Tanar Visitor Centre at Braeloine - small interpretative centre. Toilets at visitor centre. No cafe. Picnic areas.

Disabled access: Largely unsurfaced and variable terrain. Footbridge from car park to visitor centre is steep side adn and Footpath networks untarmacked and gravelled - and can get flooded in places.

Getting there:

Located three miles southwest of Aboyne - take the B976 road and follow the reserve signs.

Bus service to Aboyne. Car parking at visitor centre (pay and display).

Opening times:

The centre is open 10 am-5 pm (except Tuesdays) between April-September - and 10 am-5 PM (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) October - March.


Free but charge for pay and display car parking.

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