Field trip 20.09


1) Whisky tasting tour (19.9)

Whiskey tasting

A tutored whisky tasting and a trip to Aberdeen’s famous fish & chips’ restaurant the Ashvale. The Ashvale is an award-winning restaurant known for their fish and chips, and the quality of the food they serve.

Price 60 euros. Max 30 participants.

19.15 Departure from the MacDonald Norwood Hall
19.30 Three-course dinner

Whisky tasting after the dinner

22.00 Transportation back to the MacDonald Norwood Hall

2) Royal Lochnagar Distillery Tour (20.9)

Royal Lochnager Distellery

Royal Lochnagar is the perfect place to discover how Scotch Whisky is made. This is a guided tour of the distillery, where you get to watch team of operators tend to the historic mashtun, gleaming copper stills and cask filling. The tour ends with a dram of the award-winning Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old Single Malt.

Price 45 euros. Max 30 participants.

8.45 Departure from the MacDonald Norwood Hall
10.15 A tour in the distillery Royal Lochnager
11.30 Departure

Lunch at the Deeside Inn

13.00 Departure
14.00 Aberdeen airport

3) Plantation forests to native forests: Delivering multiple ecosystem benefits in a changing climate (registration closed - full)

Tour will give you the opportunity to see and discuss different types of plantation woodland and native forestry. It will examine potential risks and opportunities of different types of forests in terms of management in a changing world with diverse environmental and business demands.

National study tour location

This is Institute of Chartered Foresters  National Study tour. REGISTER for it here.


  • Whole field trip £90.00 (c.105€ )
  • Thursday eve and Friday morning  (8.00-11.30) £60 (c.70€)
  • Dinner ticket £32.00 (c.38€)

For further info, please contact Stuart Glen (

Thursday 19.9

Departure from Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel.


Registration, refreshments and networking at Village Hotel, Aberdeen.

18.00 Welcome and Introduction.

A series of short, scene-setting talks followed by a panel and audience discussion.

19.30 Conclusion and non-dining delegates leave.

National Study Tour Dinner. Ends at approximately 10.30pm.

22.45 Departure for Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel.
Friday 20.9
8.00 Departure from Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel
8.30 Departure from Village Hotel, Aberdeen
9.00 Arrive at Countesswells. This will include a stop at Countesswells followed by a coach ride to the second discussion stop at Fetteresso Forest. Meet with Regional Manager to discuss issues surrounding a forest estate which is a production forest of largely exotic species. However the proximity to Aberdeen creates multifunctional demands on the forest, as well as opportunities and possibilities.
11.20 Depart for Glen Tanar Estate. If necessary, transport will be provided for attendees who need to return to Aberdeen for lunchtime.
12.00 Arrive at Glen Tanar Estate for lunch. Meet with Michael Bruce, owner of the Estate. Glen Tanar is privately-owned estate and includes a National Nature Reserve, production forest and amenity forest. The estate has a diversified business portfolio with forestry, tourism, hunting and conservation.
12.50 Tour Firmounth road circuit, Glen Tanar Estate.
15.15 Depart Glen Tanar
16.00 Arrive back at Village Hotel, Aberdeen and Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters reserves the right to alter timings, speakers or the venues in circumstances beyond its control.