Stretch your legs in Balloch
Walk or ride through Balloch’s mature spruce trees to the open spaces of Meikle Balloch hill, and you’re rewarded with some of the finest views in Moray. On a clear day they say you can see seven counties from here!
There are miles of horse trails through the forest. For real work out try the long distance ride of nearly 10 miles (16 km) to The Bin.
Alternative car park
There is another car park on the south-east side of the wood at grid reference NJ 476 476. It’s the best access point for the short Balloch Burn Loop and the strenuous Cairn Gow Loop.
There are places to eat and public toilets in Keith and Huntly.
Climb steeply out of the forest onto Meikle Balloch, from where you can see seven counties on a clear day.
Prolonged steep slopes for over half a mile. Uneven gravel and earthy path with rocky and rooty sections. Some muddy parts.
2 ¼ miles / 3.7 km Allow 1½ hours
Mountain biking trails
You’re welcome at Balloch on feet, hooves or wheels, but the trails here are particularly good for horse riding. They’ve been developed in consultation with local riders, who help to keep them in good condition.
Try some of these equine friendly trails...
A wide path on which to stretch your legs – and perhaps the start of a longer trip. This short route is a taster of the Keith to Huntly long distance path. It’s wide enough for horses and great for groups. Features varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.
Balloch Burn Loop
A short circular route over the burn and through the forest. It’s great for some gentle exercise in a quiet part of the forest. Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road.
Cairn Gow Loop
The longest route in the forest, with an exhilarating stretch along the crest of the hill. It’s a strenuous climb up the north side of Meikle Balloch, but on a clear day the views are fine reward. See if you can see the sea! Varied surfaces including loose gravel, smooth firm trail, hill path and forest road, with long, very steep slopes.
How to get here
From Reidhaven Square in the centre of Keith, drive out of town on Bridge Street, which becomes Edindland Road and passes Dunnyduff Wood. Continue past Herricks Water Works to car park at grid reference NJ 458 493.
AB55 5NT is the nearest postcode
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