Go cross-country at Clashindarroch
Best known for its cross-country ski trails, there's usually snow in the high forest of Clashindarroch long after it's melted elsewhere. There's a huge variety of interlinked trails, many of them groomed during the ski season. You can walk, bike or ride a horse here at other times of year.
This is a high forest and the weather can be extreme, especially on the hilltops. If you’re visiting in winter, make sure you’re prepared for bad weather and take warm clothing, food and equipment suitable for the conditions.
When you need to warm up, you’ll find plenty of places to eat in the nearby towns of Huntly, Alford, and Dufftown. The nearest public toilets are in the village of Rhynie.
Mountain biking trails
Cross-country ski trails
When it snows, Clashindarroch is the perfect place for cross-country skiing.
As you swoosh through the trees, watch for woodland birds in the canopy of trees. Goldcrest, chaffinch, greenfinch and siskin can often be spotted bringing their colour and song to the forest.
Start the ski trails from Clashindarroch woodland car park.
There are no waymarked trails, but a route map at every junction will show where you are and help you navigate through the forest.
Trails are suitable from beginner to advanced levels. The trails are a variety of lengths and there should be something for all abilities. Some of the routes are groomed to help hold the snow and to improve ski conditions.
The big chill
When it snows, Clashindarroch gets more than its fair share! It’s the best snow-holding forest in the country, and there’s often snow here long after it has melted elsewhere. The conditions and the landscape make it the perfect place for cross-country (Nordic) skiing. There are specially laid-out trails for skiers of all abilities.
Cross-country skiing at Clashindarroch is managed by the Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre. Contact the centre if you’d like to hire equipment, get a copy of the trail map or learn this exhilarating sport.
19th century farm
On the outskirts of the forest, you'll find the remains of Blackmiddens - an old farmstead with 100 hectares of land.
How to get here
Take the A941 from Rhynie to Dufftown. The car park is on the left after about five miles.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 425 263.
You’ll find public transport details at Traveline Scotland.
AB54 4HP is the nearest postcode.
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