COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
Moray Monster Trails
Moray Monster Trails Forest Notice
Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all mountain biking trails are now closed.
Fantastic single-track mountain bike routes for beginners through to experts
Whether you’re new to off-road mountain biking or an expert rider looking for big thrills, there’s a Monster Trail that’s just right for you. Head to Winding Walks for extreme freeriding and the red-grade Fochabers Ring, or start at Ordiequish for slightly easier blue routes – and the mighty black Gully Monster.
Start at Winding Walks, where the Monster Trails first began, for a great red cross-country trail and some extreme freeriding. The extreme features of the Fochabers Freeride were built almost entirely by volunteers and it’s a wild and scary ride! Take the fun and full-on cross-country Fochabers Ring to get you there – or just enjoy the red trail and keep the hairy stuff for another day…
Alternatively, choose to start the Monster Trails at Ordiequish if you’re looking for some exciting blue routes – but don’t assume this is just an easy ride… Watch out for the Gully Monster, who lurks along the black trail!
Mountain biking trails
Winding Walks Skills Area (closed)
Try out the trail features first so you can hit the trails like a pro!
The place to try out the trail features and learn more advanced bike skills. Bank a berm, take on a tabletop and blast a bomb hole – hone your technique and transfer it to the trails like an expert.
You can find the Skills Area just up from the Winding Walks car park.
The Soup Dragon (closed)
A fun-packed friendly route that can be enjoyed at any level.
This is just pure fun. You’re in control but there’s just one catch – you’ve got to gain some height first! Don’t worry though, your climb will be well rewarded – it’s soup time – and if you want more, keep climbing to add on the Dragon’s Tail. Comprising good hard singletrack and forest road sections. Link this trail to the Haggis or Gordzilla to extend your adventure.
Start the trail at the Ordiequish car park and follow the blue trailmarkers.
A great, flowing route. Cruise it or ramp it...either way you'll enjoy it.
Tackle this strange, sizable beast. There's plenty here to get the adrenaline pumping and your heart racing. Gordzilla is made up of hard singletrack and forest road sections. Link this trail to the Soup Dragon or the Haggis to extend your adventure.
Find the start of this trail at Ordiequish car park.
The Haggis (closed)
This beastie’s full of interest, loads of fun, a fair distance but not too technical.
Get stuck into The Haggis for fun, moderate challenges and a ride that doesn't take itself too seriously. The Haggis has hard singletrack and some forest road sections. Link this trail to the Soup Dragon or Gordzilla to extend your adventure.
This trail starts from Ordiequish car park.
The Fochabers Ring (closed)
A trail notice is in effect
A section of the Fochabers Ring is closed and a diversion in place from 3 to 17 February while Transport Scotland survey work is taking place. Please follow on site signage.
A full-on and varied cross country trail you’ll want to ride again and again.
There’s a ‘no pain, no gain’ climb on forest road up to the pyramid-shaped monument on top of Whiteash Hill – then the fun starts! Feel the adrenaline as you rush downhill on unsurfaced terrain.
This trail starts at the Winding Walks car park. Follow the red trail markers.
The Gully Monster (closed)
An awesome trail of monster proportions, like nothing you've ridden before...
Prepare to embrace the beast - this trail is full of technical interest and hair raising challenges, all on hard singletrack. You'll find the start of this trail at the car park at Ordiequish.
Fochabers Freeride (closed)
For advanced riders only – monster North Shore and scary earth features, drops and jumps.
This trail is for advanced riders only. No matter how good you are, walk it before you ride it. The top section includes big, technical North Shore wooden structures – please make sure you’re capable of this style of riding: most of us aren’t. The second section is big earth features, drops and jumps. After section two, rejoin the Ring (red trail) back to the car park.
Join the Freeride from the Fochabers Ring (red) trail. Start by following the red trail markers from the Winding Walks car park and join the Freeride near the monument.
Facilities & access
To get started we recommend a basic mountain bike with suspension forks – nothing too fancy – and please wear a helmet. You can hire bikes at Outfit Moray in Lossiemouth, telephone - 01343 549571.
You can practice your technique at the Skills Area near the car park at Winding Walks before you head out on the trails.
All waymarked cycle trails MUST be ridden only in the direction shown. We’ve got some helpful guidelines about how to have fun and stay safe on the trails.
There are public toilets in nearby Fochabers, where you’ll also find a caravan and camping site and plenty of places to eat, drink and stock up on rations for the trails.
Visit the Moray Monster Trails at Winding Walks
From Fochabers, follow the A98 east towards Buckie for about 1 mile (2km). The Winding Walks car park is on the right.
IV32 7PG is the nearest postcode.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 358 585.
Visit the Moray Monster Trails at Ordiequish
From Fochabers High Street turn south opposite the museum and follow the Ordiequish Road for 0.5 miles (0.8 km). The car park is on the left.
IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode
The car park is at grid reference NJ337 566.
The nearest railway station to both Ordiequish and Winding Walks is at Keith. Regular buses link the towns and villages along the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. They carry bikes if there’s room – and there usually is. Just get off at Fochabers and head for the trails!
For more details visit Traveline Scotland.
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