Glenmore Forest Park - Beach Trail

Access Guide

  • Loch Morlich Beach

  • Families play games on the sand, windsurfers tack across the clean water, and when the sun shines you can top up your tan. Close your eyes and you could be at the seaside! Famous for being the highest beach in Britain, this is the only freshwater beach in Scotland to have a Rural Beach Award.

  • Beach Trail

  • Meander through the beautiful pine, birch and alder woods by the Allt Mor burn to reach Loch Morlich’s golden sands.

  • There is a not a member of staff located at Loch Morlich Beach, the nearest member of staff is located at the Glenmore Visitor Centre.

  • The beach trail is a circular route.

  • The beach trail is approximately 2.4km long.

  • The route can either be started at the Glenmore Forest Visitor Centre or the Beach Car Park.

  • The majority of the paths are surfaced.

  • The surface of paths on the path of the trail that run alongside the river have been washed away due to bad weather.

  • Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.

  • There are some slight slopes in places along the paths.

  • There is a steep slope leading up to Old Logging Way from the riverside and visitor centre.

  • Each of the trails around Glenmore Forest Park are colour coded. There are fence poles located at regular intervals with a strip of colour at the top to indicate which trail you are on.

  • The beach trail is Yellow.

  • Two parts of the trail require crossing Old Logging Way.

  • There are toilets available in the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre and in the Beach Car Park.

  • The toilets in the beach car park are closed during the winter months.

  • The nearest toilets are available in the Glenmore Visitor Centre.

  • From Aviemore follow the signs for Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway. Continue through Rothiemurchus Estate and onto Glenmore village. The visitor centre is on your left in the centre of the village. The car park is at grid reference NH 977 098.

  • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.

  • Buses between Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway pass the visitor centre. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

  • The nearest Railway Station is Aviemore.

  • You can cycle here from Aviemore on the Old Logging Way, a superb, safe bike route that runs for 6 miles / 9.7 km between Aviemore and the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre.

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.

  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.

  • There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.

  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request and audio on request.

  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

  • Off Road mobility scooters are available for hire. For more information contact the Speyside Disability Group.

  • 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: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

  • The venue does have its own parking facilities.

  • The car park is located off Old Logging Way.

  • 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 1 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.

  • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.

  • There is an additional car park for visitors.

  • 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 signs are located at the payment machines in the car park.

  • 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).

  • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

  • There is a ramp/slope located to the left as you face the toilet block.

  • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides going up.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • There is a/are step(s) located to the right as you face the toilet block.

  • There is/are 4 step(s).

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.

  • The height of the step(s) is/are 12cm.

  • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides going up.

  • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).

  • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.

  • Handrails are easy to grip.

  • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.

  • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the beach car park, just before the beach trail.

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the accessible toilet.

  • This is a shared toilet.

  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.

  • The key is a radar key.

  • The key can be obtained from the visitor centre.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is light.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 94cm (3ft 1in).

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 168cm (6ft 11in x 5ft 6in).

  • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.

  • The toilet has not got a non slip floor.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).

  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.

  • There is not a spatula type lever flush.

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is not an emergency alarm.

  • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.

  • Disposal facilities are not available in the toilet.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The height of the coat hook is 130cm from the floor.

  • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.

  • There is a mirror.

  • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.

  • The toilet has a wall which acts as a backrest.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.

  • The wash basin tap type is push.

  • There is not a mixer tap.

  • There is a soap dispenser.

  • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The height of the soap dispenser is 90cm.

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 140cm (4ft 7in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the rear of the Beach Car Park and just before the start of the Beach Trail.

  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access to the female and male toilet(s).

  • The standard toilets were locked at the time of survey(October 2016).

  • The beach trail can begin from Beach Car Park.

  • There is a fence post in the centre of the path, restricting the width at the access point to 160cm (5ft 3in).

  • The first part of the trail runs alongside Loch Morlich.

  • There are slight slopes leading from the trail to reach Loch Morlich’s golden sands.

  • The paths through this part of the trail are surfaced. There are slight slopes in places.

  • There is bench seating located at regular intervals.

  • There are directional signage fence posts located at regular intervals.

  • Towards the end of this section of the trail there is a bridge to cross.

  • The next section of the trail runs through woodland before bearing left and leading towards the river.

  • After the Loch section of the trail passes through the woodland, it bears left and runs alongside the river side.

  • The river is located to your right.

  • Due to recent bad weather, the river flooded and washed away part of the surface of the trail.

  • Because of this, the path is uneven in places and there are rocks and pebbles along the path.

  • There are slight slopes in places.

  • There is bench seating located at regular intervals.

  • There are directional signage fence posts located at regular intervals.

  • Towards the end of this section of the trail there is a steep slope leading up from the riverside to the main road.

  • There are no dropped kerbs at this crossing point.

  • Caution is advised when crossing the road due to oncoming traffic from both directions.

  • After visiting the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre, the trail continues to the left of the visitor centre, there is a bridge which leads to the car park.

  • The surface of the car park is tarmac.

  • There is a steep slope to your right which leads to a tarmac path which leads down to main road.

  • The path is on a steep slope.

  • The path has a tarmac surface.

  • There are directional fence posts along the path.

  • To get back to Beach Car Park, the trail crosses Old Logging Way.

  • There are no dropped kerbs.

  • Caution is advised when crossing the road due to oncoming traffic from both directions.