Earth Pillars, Ordiequish
Unwind in Ordiequish
This lovely wood is a maze of old paths and tracks. Follow our trail through pines and heather to discover steep-sided Ordiequish Burn, great views and the dramatic red Earth Pillars.
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Fochabers.
Earth Pillars Trail
A short loop through the pines to a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the River Spey and the curious red earth pillars laid down by retreating glaciers thousands of years ago.
Uneven earth path with exposed tree roots. Some short steep slopes and a flight of wooden steps.
¼ miles / 0.6 km Allow ¼ hour
Mountain biking trails
Ordiequish is also home to some of the Moray Monster Trails, our maze of mountain bike routes. There are exciting blue and black graded trails here, starting from the Ordiequish car park a mile back up the road towards Fochabers.
There are strange stones and rocky formations throughout this wood, deposited thousands of years ago by retreating glaciers - the red Earth Pillars are particularly dramatic.
This trail also rewards you with stunning views over the River Spey – keep a look out for ospreys fishing in the peaceful waters.
How to get here
From Fochabers High Street turn south opposite the museum and follow the Ordiequish Road for 2.5 miles (4 km). The car park is on the right.
IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 336 564.
The nearest railway station is at Keith. Regular buses link the towns and villages along the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. Fochabers is the nearest stop You’ll find service details at Traveline Scotland.
If you’re looking for a short, easy stroll that’s suitable for everyone, then head to Balnacoul Wood at Mosstodloch.
Why not visit Fochabers Folk Museum while you’re in the area? Other local attractions include Baxters Highland Village and Christies Garden Centre.
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