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Coynachie Forest Notice

  • Aberdeenshire Council have issued a road closure notice for the A97 at Bridgend near Mains of Collithie which will affect access to the unclassified road to Coynachie between 26 August and 30 August. For more information please see Aberdeenshire Council's website.

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

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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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