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Balloch

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

Harvesting, extraction and haulage will be taking place between 23 July and 31 October 2021. Please follow all on site signage and any route diversions during the work.

About

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 (4)

Walking

Cantly Canter

A wide path on which to stretch your legs – and perhaps the start of a longer trip.

Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.

1 miles / 1.8 km

More information

This short route is a taster of the Keith to Huntly long distance path. It’s wide enough for horses and great for groups.

Walking

Balloch Burn Loop

A short circular route over the burn and through the forest.

Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.

1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

More information

The loop starts from the alternative car park near Tullochs – see ‘Facilities’ for details. It’s great for some gentle exercise in a quiet part of the forest.

Walking

Cairn Gow Loop

The longest route in the forest, with an exhilarating stretch along the crest of the hill.

Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road, with long, very steep slopes.

4 ¾ miles / 7.8 km

More information

The loop starts from the alternative car park near Tullochs – see ‘Facilities’ for details.

It’s a strenuous climb up the north side of Meikle Balloch, but on a clear day the views are fine reward. See if you can see the sea!

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

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:

  • Cantly Canter: A wide path on which to stretch your legs – and perhaps the start of a longer trip. This short route is a taster of the Keith to Huntly long distance path. It’s wide enough for horses and great for groups. Features varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.
  • Balloch Burn Loop: A short circular route over the burn and through the forest. It’s great for some gentle exercise in a quiet part of the forest. Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.
  • Cairn Gow Loop: The longest route in the forest, with an exhilarating stretch along the crest of the hill. It’s a strenuous climb up the north side of Meikle Balloch, but on a clear day the views are fine reward. See if you can see the sea! Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road, with long, very steep slopes.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

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.

More about parking

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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