Discover the hidden delights of Delgaty Wood
Delgaty Wood is one of those places you can come back to every day, and notice something different each time as the seasons change. The trails are great for gentle cycling as well as walking.
Delgatie Castle is next door: from the forest trails you can catch a view of it across a loch that once supplied fish for the laird and his followers.
There are public toilets and places to eat in Turriff. Delgatie Castle is well known for its traditional afternoon teas – just right after a breath of air in the woods!
Climb up into the varied forest past the old ice house and return via the loch with views of Delgatie Castle.
Firm but uneven gravel surface. Includes some fairly steep slopes and a short flight of steps. Parts may be muddy or wet after rain.
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km Allow ¾ hour
This trail starts at the car park by Delgatie Castle on the north side of the wood.
Song Birds Trail
Enjoy the peace and quiet of this mossy-floored larch and pine forest.
Firm but uneven gravel surface. Fairly steep slopes. Occasionally muddy parts.
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km Allow 1 hour
Birds chatter, pigeons coo and squirrels scamper in the trees above the trail. The forest floor is alive too: watch for beetles busy in the moss. This trail starts at the small car park on the south side of the wood.
Mountain biking trails
A well-known folk song tells of a farm labourer who was hired at the market in Turriff as a hand at ‘The Barnyards of Delgaty’ – a nearby farmstead. When he got there, he found the horses he was expected to work with were in a sorry state. Still, life around Delgaty had its good side, as he sings:
When I gang tae the kirk on Sunday,
Mony’s the bonny lass I see,
Sittin by her faither’s side,
Winkin ower the pews at me.
How to get here
From Turriff follow the A947 towards Banff for ½ mile (1 km), then turn right heading for Cuminestown. Follow this road for 1½ miles (3 km) to the sign for Delgatie Castle and Fishery on the right. Turn in here and follow the road to the car park.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 756 505.
AB53 5TD is the nearest postcode.
Alternative car park
There is also a small car park on the south side of the forest, from where you can join the Song Birds Trail. To get there, leave Turriff on Balmellie Street and take the left fork just after the hospital. Continue for 1½ miles (2.5 km) and the car park is on the left. This car park is at grid reference NJ 758 496.
You can download a map of other forests in Aberdeenshire – there are plenty to explore.
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