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Quarry Wood

Where we are

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.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

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.

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

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

More information

"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!

Activities

Orienteering

Quarry Wood has a permanent orienteering course that offers a great introduction to this fun and adventurous sport. The course starts from the Leggat car park and can be downloaded from the Moravian Orienteers website.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Orienteering or wayfaring
Orienteering or wayfaring
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

Life’s essentials

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

Stay The Night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at the Quarry Wood car park from 26 April – 31 October 2021. This does not include overnight tent camping or car parking.  

To help plan your stay, please see the details below: 

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 3
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Access notes – Single track tarmac road with passing places.
  • Parking notes – Fairly flat ground. Parking blocks recommended. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay The Night

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.

More about parking

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
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
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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0300 067 6380 (option 2)
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