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.
Update 19 January - the car park and forest roads are now open but all informal trails remain closed due to the significant amount of windblown trees. Please follow all on site signage.
This forest stretches from Lossiemouth towards Kingston at the mouth of the River Spey. Hidden amongst the trees are the defences designed to keep Britain safe in World War II: pillboxes, a six-inch gun emplacement, and hundreds of concrete anti-tank cubes. This well-preserved stretch of the defence lines that stretched along the east coast has been protected by the maturing forest.
You'll find more coastal defences at nearby Roseisle and at Culbin. There are no waymarked trails here but walkers, horse-riders and cyclists are welcome to explore the many tracks through the woods and out onto the shore.
There are many forest tracks from the car park towards the beach, where you’ll find most of the defences. The best examples are close to the fishing station, marked on the current Ordnance Survey map. Please remember that historic sites should be treated with care and respect.
You can find refreshments, shops and public toilets at nearby Lossiemouth and Elgin.
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.
Take the B9103, which links Lossiemouth with the A96. The small car park lies just off this road, across the canal opposite Inchbroom Farm. You can also reach the forest on foot along the beach from Lossiemouth or from Kingston’s Lein car park.
IV31 6RU is the nearest postcode.
A hilltop woodland overlooking the Moray Firth
Cycle forest trails or relax on sandy beaches