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Balloch

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Latest forest information

  • There is a short diversion in place between the car park and the trails to avoid storm damaged trees.
  • The link between Balloch and The Bin is currently closed.
  • Timber lorries will be working in the forest until 30 November. Please follow instructions from staff if you encounter any loading operations.

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Miles of trails and some of the finest views in Moray

Walk or ride through Balloch’s mature spruce trees to the open spaces of Meikle Balloch hill, and you’re rewarded with some of the finest views in Moray. On a clear day they say you can see seven counties from here!

Walking trails

Walking

Herricks Walk

Climb steeply out of the forest onto Meikle Balloch, from where you can see seven counties on a clear day.

Prolonged steep slopes for over half a mile. Uneven gravel and earthy path with rocky and rooty sections. Some muddy parts.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.7 km

Allow
1½ hours

Walking

Balloch Circle

Explore the woodlands of Balloch and enjoy far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.

Wide and firm gravel path. Includes some fairly steep slopes and long moderate slopes.

Strenuous trail grade icon
5 ¼ miles / 8.6 km

3½ hours

Activities

Horse riding

You’re welcome at Balloch on feet, hooves or wheels, but the trails here are particularly good for horse riding. They’ve been developed in consultation with local riders, who help to keep them in good condition:

  • Balloch Circle: Explore the woodlands of Balloch and enjoy far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.
  • Herricks Walk: Climb steeply out of the forest onto Meikle Balloch, from where you can see seven counties on a clear day.

Facilities and access

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The nearest public toilets, cafés and shops are in Keith, 2 miles to the west.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

From Reidhaven Square in the centre of Keith, drive out of town on Bridge Street, which becomes Edindiach Road and passes Dunnyduff Wood. The entrance to the car park is on the corner just beyond the Scottish Water buildings, 2 miles outside Keith.

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AB55 5NT is the nearest postcode

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0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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