Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Best known for its cross-country ski trails, there's usually snow in the high forest of Clashindarroch long after it's melted elsewhere. There's a huge variety of interlinked trails, many of them groomed during the ski season. You can walk, bike or ride a horse here at other times of year.
This is a high forest and the weather can be extreme, especially on the hilltops. If you’re visiting in winter, make sure you’re prepared for bad weather and take warm clothing, food and equipment suitable for the conditions.
When it snows, Clashindarroch one of the best places in Scotland for cross-country skiing.
Trails are suitable from beginner to advanced levels. The trails are a variety of lengths and there should be something for all abilities. Some of the routes are groomed to help hold the snow and to improve ski conditions.
Cross-country skiing at Clashindarroch is managed by the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre. Contact the centre if you’d like to hire equipment, get a copy of the trail map or learn this exhilarating sport.
The nearest public toilets are in the village of Rhynie, 5 miles to the east. There are also plenty of places to eat and shop in the nearby towns of Huntly, Alford and Dufftown.
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.
Clashindarroch can be accessed from the A941 between Rhynie to Dufftown. The car park is a 10 minute drive from Rhynie; 20 minutes from Dufftown.
AB54 4HP is the nearest postcode.
Wildlife-rich woodland near Huntly
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