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Earth Pillars, Ordiequish

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Earth Pillars, Ordiequish forest notice

We hope you’ve been enjoying the walking trails at your nearby forests during lockdown. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming you back more fully, and are working hard to reopen our facilities as soon as safely possible.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and will be free of charge.

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.

Forestry work will be taking place in Ordiequish Forest until 31 July 2020.

Please follow all on site signage and do not enter prohibited areas. 

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 Baxters Highland Village and Christies Garden Centre.

Our guide to Moray's forests (PDF 2.5MB)

Walking trails


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.

¼ miles / 0.6 km

¼ hour


Ordiequish is also home to some of the Moray Monster Trails, our maze of mountain bike routes. There are exciting blue and black graded trails here, starting from the Ordiequish car park a mile back up the road towards Fochabers.

Facilities & access


Life’s essentials

You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Fochabers.

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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.

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