Morrone birkwood


Morrone birkwood (birk is Scots for birch) clothes the flanks of the hill rising south of Braemar. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of ‘downy’ birchwoods in the UK and with vast areas of juniper covering the ground.

Set on the side of the hill overlooking the River Dee, there are stunning views to use for backdrops for the trees or to pick out the play of light across the Glen with a long lens.

In autumn this location is fantastic as the Downy Birch leaves turn deep gold. I have found mid-October is best for autumn colour.

Winter and Spring would also be great times to visit, especially in snowy conditions or when low cloud hugs the hillside.

Location Information

Location’s Area

Braemar : Scotland

Photography Genre


Access Difficulty

Easy – Fairly flat walking; rough paths and some uneven ground.

Time to Location

22 minutes

Distance to Location

0.82 miles

Elevation Climbed

148 feet


Free Car Park at the Duck Pond
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All information correct as of October 2022


Leave the car park (A) and turn left, past the Duck Pond on your left. Follow the path to the gate (B); through the gate and take the path on your right. Keep following this path until you cross a stream (C) and when the path splits, take the left path. As you walk up the path you will see the main woods on your left (D). However there are great compositions to be found all over the hillside here

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