Outdoors With The Bailies

The Bailies of Bennachie want to help inspire young people to enjoy and appreciate the outdoor environment.

There is so much out there to explore and enjoy, and Bennachie's friendly giant, Jock o' Bennachie will help guide you as we look at the incredible biodiversity, history and landscape of the Aberdeenshire area.

Jock o' Bennachie and the Bailies have started with some fun summer activities and are developing further educational packages for schools to use. Using Bennachie as inspiration, we hope you enjoy and have fun with all these resources.

Summer Programme

Jock o' Bennachie has come up with some fun nature activities for you to try over the summer holidays.

He will be bringing you three sets of fun activities, each with a competition for which there will be a small prize to the lucky winner!

Even if you cannot come to visit Bennachie, these resources (which are aimed at Primary School children) have been designed to be relevant to your local woodland, green space, park, or even garden.

As you use these resources, we hope you will share with us photos or videos of your adventures, your findings, the pictures you draw or paint and the things you create - we can't wait to see them! We hope you will enter our competitions, we are offering a small prize for each competition - very best of luck!

Summer Programme 2020

Woodland Walk

Summer Programme 2020

Join us over the summer holidays with various activities and challenges for the whole family.


We have lots of interesting facts about the birds you might see when out and about.

Things That Grow

Jock o' Bennachie welcomes you to 'Things that Grow'. He has lots of fun and interesting activities to do outside or inside, things to grow or make, and much more!

Minibeasts and Pollinators

Jock o' Bennachie has loads of fun things to find out about his minibeast and pollinator friends! Let the bug hunt begin!

Jock o' Bennachie

Do you know the legend of Jock o' Bennachie - come with us on an adventure full of legend and lore. Just who was our big friendly giant on the hill!


Check out our helpful videos to support your nature journey through the forest.


What do you know about the birds and wildlife in and around Bennachie Forest? Check out these resources to help you get to know what is on your own doorstep.

Map of Bennachie

Download Forestry and Land Scotland Bennachie information and trail information.


We will be holding regular competitions and you are very welcome to enter.

Your Feedback Is Welcome

Your feedback about this web site, it's content and our summer activities is very welcome.

Your feedback will help to guide our future focus in developing this web site and future learning resources.

Please use our Enquiry Form to get in touch and we look forward to your suggestions and feedback.

Note: During this COVID-19 period the toilets may be closed at Bennachie Visitor Centre or Rowantree car park. That’s why we are not actively encouraging you to visit Bennachie, and why our resources and activities are suitable for woodland, parks or even your garden.
Children Playing in Woodland