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Earth Pillars, Ordiequish

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

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.

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

Walking trails (1)

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
Mother and child in forest at Balnacoul

Take an easy woodland walk among the pinewoods

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Earth Pillars, Ordiequish': 1.18 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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