Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

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Coynachie 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 open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

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.

Wildlife-rich woodland near Huntly

Coynachie is a wonderful place for wildlife: red and roe deer trot through the trees, lizards bask in the sun and owls hunt in the night sky.

This is a place to come back to again and again, and see how the trees grow and the landscape changes.

Walking trails


Flooers o'the Wids Trail

A short circuit of the wildflower meadow that is a carpet of colour in the spring. Look for foxgloves, wood anemones and red campion.

Uneven grassy surface. Long moderate slopes with some short steeper sections.

1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

1 hour

More information

This trail is a shorter version of the Drumfergue trail.


Drumfergue Trail

Climb steadily through the meadows onto The Crum for some open views across the hills.

Uneven grassy surface. Long moderate slopes with some short steeper sections.

2 ½ miles / 3.9 km

1½ hours


The wider area has lots of space for long cross-country horse and bike rides. Take a map, and some food and water: it’s remote country. If you’re looking for some spectacular riding on purpose-built mountain bike trails, try Pitfichie.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

There are places to eat in nearby Huntly. The nearest public toilets are in the village of Rhynie.

Getting here

From Huntly, take the A97 road towards Rhynie. After about 2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km, cross a small bridge and take the second turning on your right, signposted for Coynachie. Follow the single track road for about 1 ¾ miles / 3km to the car park on your right. The car park is at grid reference NJ 491 344

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Nearest postcode: AB54 4SD

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is about 2 miles / 3.2 km away on the A97 between Huntly and Rhynie. You’ll find public transport details at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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