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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.

Delgaty Wood

Where we are

Forest notice

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.
  • Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use. A phased reopening of our public toilet facilities began on Monday, 20 July 2020. For now, please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.

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.

Tree thinning operations will be taking place in Delgaty Wood between 10th August 2020 and 31st March 2021. Rolling diversions will be in place as the work progresses. Please obey all on site signage and do not enter prohibited areas.

Mossy-floored woodland overlooked by Delgatie Castle

Catch a glimpse of Delgatie Castle and its loch through the trees of this pleasant woodland. The trails are great for gentle cycling as well as walking.

Walking trails


Fishery Trail

Climb up into the varied forest past the old ice house and return via the loch with views of Delgatie Castle.

Firm but uneven gravel surface. Includes some fairly steep slopes and a short flight of steps. Parts may be muddy or wet after rain.

1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km

¾ hour

More information

This trail starts at the car park by Delgatie Castle on the north side of the wood.


Song Birds Trail

Enjoy the peace and quiet of this mossy-floored larch and pine forest.

Firm but uneven gravel surface. Fairly steep slopes. Occasionally muddy parts.

1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

1 hour

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Birds chatter, pigeons coo and squirrels scamper in the trees above the trail. The forest floor is alive too: watch for beetles busy in the moss. This trail starts at the small car park on the south side of the wood.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets, shops and places to eat are in Turriff. If you fancy treating yourself, Delgatie Castle is well known for its traditional afternoon teas!

Getting here

The woodland shares a car park with Delgatie Castle, which is well signposted from the A947 north of Turriff and the B9170 just west of Cuminestown.

There is also a smaller car park at the south end of the wood, 2 miles along Balmellie Road from the centre of Turriff.

Using SatNav?

AB53 5TD is the nearest postcode for Delgatie Castle.

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0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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