Wildflowers, birdsong and fresh air in new woodland where two rivers meet


Explore the wilderness of Coynachie

Coynachie is the largest site in the Darroch Wids, a project to create new woodland in the countryside near Huntly and Dufftown. It’s a wonderful place for wildlife: red and roe deer trot through the trees, lizards bask in the sun and owls hunt in the night sky.

With lots of trails to choose from, this is a place to come back to again and again and see how the trees grow and the landscape changes.

Please note, we are removing old fencing at Coynachie until the end of February. This will involve closing parts of the trails for short periods of time while work is taking place. For safety reasons please follow all signs and closures.

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Life’s essentials

There are places to eat in nearby Huntly. The nearest public toilets are in the village of Rhynie.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Coynachie’s trails are popular with horse riders. There are tethering places by the car park.

The wider Darroch Wids project has lots of space for long cross-country bike rides. The Glackentore trail leads to forest roads that will take you far into this large area of forest, which stretches from here to Clashindarroch. Take a map, and some food and water: it’s remote country. The other trails here are bit soft for cycling – try Pitfichie if you’re looking for some spectacular riding on purpose-built mountain bike trails.

Hundreds of years ago, a great forest covered this area. It was a hunting ground for rich landowners like the Duke of Richmond and Duke of Gordon, but over time the forest was broken up, leaving a few isolated scraps amidst rough grazing land. Now the Darroch Wids project aims to recreate a rich native woodland across nearly 1,000 acres (400 hectares).

In May 2006, students from The Gordon Schools in Huntly, working together with staff from Forestry Commission Scotland and BP, broke a Guinness World Record for tree planting here – they got 18,124 in the ground in just forty minutes!

The Wids will provide a home for a wide range of wildlife as well as creating places for people to play and learn.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200


How to get here

From Huntly, take the A97 road towards Rhynie. After about 2 ¼ miles / 3.6 km, cross a small bridge and take the second turning on your right, signposted for Coynachie. Follow the single track road for about 1 ¾ miles / 3km to the car park on your right. The car park is at grid reference NJ 491 344

Using SatNav?

AB54 4SD is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is about 2 miles / 3.2 km away on the A97 between Huntly and Rhynie. You’ll find public transport details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

The Bin, just outside Huntly, is a fine mature forest with a great range of trails.

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