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Balloch

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Balloch Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is closed.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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
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 & access

Parking
Parking

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

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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