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Storm Clean-up: Many of our forests, especially in the east and south of Scotland, remain closed. Please plan ahead and check online before visiting.

Earth Pillars, Ordiequish

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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.

About

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.

Moray Monster Trails mountain biking route card (PDF)

Walking trails

Walking

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
¼ miles / 0.6 km

Allow
¼ hour

Activities

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

Walking
Walking
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Parking

Life’s essentials

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.

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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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Nearby forests

Green woodland reflected on the surface of a large pond

Meander a maze of trails through the pines

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Earth Pillars, Ordiequish': 0.56 miles
Cycling on Blue Trails, Monster Trails, Aberdeenshire and Moray Forest District, Forestry Commission Scotland

Fantastic single-track mountain bike routes for beginners through to experts

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Earth Pillars, Ordiequish': 0.69 miles
Pine cones on a tree at Lossie forest

A pine-clad coastal forest with history to explore

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Earth Pillars, Ordiequish': 6.48 miles

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