Monday, 20 December 2021
Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.
Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.
Car park & site closure: There is significant windblow across our Moray and Aberdeenshire sites. Unfortunately, we have had to close all forests, trails and paths to visitors while our team make safety assessments over the coming days and weeks.
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.
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.
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Fochabers.
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.
Meander a maze of trails through the pines
Fantastic single-track mountain bike routes for beginners through to experts