Enjoy the forest at Balnacoul
This open pinewood is just a stone's throw from Mosstodloch and the A96 - it's a great place to stretch your legs.
There’s room for six cars in the Webster Way car park at Balnacoul Wood, but also ample parking on the dead end road itself.
Head into Mosstodloch or nearby Fochabers for refreshments and shops. There are public toilets in Fochabers.
A short trail through the picturesque pine wood on the edge of Mosstodloch. Ideal for anyone looking for a gentle stroll.
Firm, smooth gravel surface throughout. Generally flat with some short moderate ramps.
¾ miles / 1.4 km Allow ½ hour
The wide, flat path and short circular route make this trail ideal for buggies. There are several seats along the way too – perfect for relaxing and enjoying birdsong in this pretty pine wood.
Watch out for a spectacular show of daffodils here in spring.
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Wondering who Webster Way is named after? This trail is named in honour of Jim Webster, who was Forestry Commission Scotland’s Chief Forester in this area for many years. Jim and his wife Ina still live locally and have contributed greatly to life in the village of Mosstodloch.
How to get here
Turn into the village of Mosstodloch from the A96. Take the short dead-end road leading off at the War Memorial. The car park is 100m on the right.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 328 598.
IV32 7JA is the nearest postcode.
The nearest railway station is at Elgin. There are also regular buses linking the towns and villages along the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. Mosstodloch is the nearest stop. You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
If you’re looking for more walks locally, or a lovely woodland picnic site, try Winding Walks, just east of Fochabers. Keen mountain bikers can head for the Moray Monster Trails at Winding Walks and Ordiequish.
Why not visit Fochabers Folk Museum while you’re in the area? Other local attractions include Baxters Highland Village and Christies Garden Centre.
Fochabers has an intriguing museum, which tells the history of the town and the nearby airbase.
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