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Quarry Wood

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We strongly advise that visitors stay away from all forests for now. Many forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by strong winds over the weekend, resulting in fallen trees blocking roads and trails. In the event of a safety incident, emergency services would be unable to reach many areas. We are working hard to clear obstructions and hope to welcome you back soon.

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About

A hilltop woodland overlooking the Moray Firth

Come and soak up spectacular modern Moray views alongside glimpses of the distant past. Wander among the old oaks and beeches and uncover Quarry Wood's remarkable history – from reptile and fish fossils to an ancient henge and a medieval hunting forest.

There are old quarries scattered throughout the wood: you’ll recognise the attractive yellow sandstone used in many local buildings.

Some very rare fish and reptile fossils were found at the quarry on Cutties Hillock, designated a Special Site of Scientific Interest. These include including Elginia mirabilis, a spiny-headed reptile about the size of a Labrador dog that roamed here long before the dinosaurs. You can see some of these fossils at Elgin Museum.

Quarry Wood route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Elginia Trail

Uncover the secrets of Quarrelwood, where a reptile older than the dinosaurs was found in remarkable fossils. There are extensive views over the Moray Firth.

Firm but uneven earthy and grassy surface. Many exposed tree roots and some slightly muddy sections. Fairly steep slopes. Includes a narrow opening.

Moderate trail grade icon
3 miles / 5.0 km

Allow
2 hours

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"This scenic circular trail leads through the woods to Cutties Hillock Quarry and viewpoint. This is where fossils of Elginia mirabilis, a spiky-headed prehistoric reptile, were found, along with other creatures who roamed here 250 million years ago. Today you’re more likely to spot red squirrels, roe deer and a host of woodland birds amongst the oaks, beech and conifers!

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

Life’s essentials

You can find refreshments, shops and public toilets at the nearby towns of Elgin, Lossiemouth and Burghead.

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

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

The nearest railway station is at Elgin. There are also regular buses between Inverness and Aberdeen that stop at Elgin. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.

Car parking

There are two car parks at Quarry Wood.

For the Elginia Trail and orienteering course, head for the Leggat car park:

Take the A96 west from Elgin. Pass the Eight Acres Hotel and then Oakwood, both on your right, then take the next road on your right, signposted to Rosebrae. Look out for the car park on the right after about 350 yards (300 metres).

You can also access the wood through the Moray Council woodland from the Brumley Brae car park:

Take the A96 west from Elgin. Turn right onto Morriston Road at Eight Acres Hotel. After about ½ mile (0.8km) turn left onto Brumley Brae. Look out for the car park on the left after about 500 yards (450 metres).

Using SatNav?

  • IV30 8XT is the nearest postcode for the Leggat car park.
  • IV30 6AR is the nearest postcode for the Brumley Brae car park.

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Nearby forests

A family look over the side of a wooden bridge in a forest of tall conifer trees

Wind along tranquil trails to the perfect picnic spot

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Quarry Wood': 2.89 miles
Wide sandy beach with scattered concrete formations and pill box beside grassy dunes and line of green trees under a bright blue sky.

Cycle forest trails or relax on sandy beaches

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Play area
Play area
Barbeque
Barbeque
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Quarry Wood': 3.03 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 'Quarry Wood': 3.94 miles

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