Thursday, 28 September 2023
Earth Pillars, Ordiequish
An enchanting wood overlooking the River Spey
This lovely wood is a maze of old paths and tracks. Follow our trail through pines and heather to discover steep-sided Ordiequish Burn, great views and the dramatic red Earth Pillars.
There are strange stones and rocky formations throughout this wood, deposited thousands of years ago by retreating glaciers. The trail also rewards you with stunning views over the River Spey – keep a look out for ospreys fishing in the peaceful waters.
Why not visit Fochabers Folk Museum while you’re in the area? Other local attractions include Gordon Castle Walled Garden and Christies Garden Centre.
Earth Pillars Trail
A short loop through the pines to a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the River Spey and the curious red earth pillars laid down by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago.
Uneven earth path with exposed tree roots. Some short steep slopes and a flight of wooden steps.
Allow ¼ hour
Ordiequish is also home to some of the Moray Monster Trails, our maze of mountain bike routes. There are a variety of exciting trails to explore here, starting from the Ordiequish car park a mile back up the road towards Fochabers.
Facilities and access
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Fochabers.
Car parking information
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.
From Fochabers High Street turn south opposite the museum and follow the Ordiequish Road for 2.5 miles (4 km). The car park is on the right.
IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode.
The nearest railway station is at Keith. Regular buses link the towns and villages along the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. Fochabers is the nearest stop You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.