Moray Monster Trails
Monster trails for all
Whether you’re new to off-road mountain biking or an expert rider looking for big thrills, there’s a Monster Trail that’s just right for you. Head to Winding Walks for extreme freeriding and the red-grade Fochabers Ring, or start at Ordiequish for slightly easier blue routes – and the mighty black Gully Monster.
Start at Winding Walks, where the Monster Trails first began, for a great red cross-country trail and some extreme freeriding. The extreme features of the Fochabers Freeride were built almost entirely by volunteers and it’s a wild and scary ride! Take the fun and full-on cross-country Fochabers Ring to get you there – or just enjoy the red trail and keep the hairy stuff for another day…
Alternatively, choose to start the Monster Trails at Ordiequish if you’re looking for some exciting blue routes – but don’t assume this is just an easy ride… Watch out for the Gully Monster, who lurks along the black trail!
A new section of the Moray Monster trails has been constructed in Ordiequish forest. This trail needs time to settle and bed in before it is suitable for use. Please do not ride the trail at present, and we will open it as soon as we can.
The Fochabers ring in Whiteash forest has also had some work carried out. Again this trail needs time to settle before it is ready for use. Please do not ride the trail at present, we will open it as soon as we can.
Thank you for you patience, it will be worth the wait to ensure there are some fantastic trails to use for years to come.
A tree felling operation is underway in Ordiequish forest. Work will affect some of the Moray Monster Trails; Gordzilla, Dragon's Tail, and part of the Soup Dragon. The bike trails will have closures and diversions in place from early November 2014 until late February 2015. Please follow any on site safety signage. Apologies for any inconvenience.
To get started we recommend a basic mountain bike with suspension forks – nothing too fancy – and please wear a helmet. You can hire bikes at Outfit Moray in Lossiemouth, telephone - 01343 549571.
You can practice your technique at the Skills Area near the car park at Ordiequish before you head out on the trails.
All waymarked cycle trails MUST be ridden only in the direction shown. We’ve got some helpful guidelines about how to have fun and stay safe on the trails.
There are public toilets in nearby Fochabers, where you’ll also find a caravan and camping site and plenty of places to eat, drink and stock up on rations for the trails.
The Fochabers Ring
Red: Difficult - 5.0 miles / 8.0 km
A full-on and varied cross country trail you’ll want to ride again and again. Please note this trail is currently diverted due to ongoing trail improvement work. The trail is closed from Fangorn back to the carpark, follow all onsite signage.More information...
There’s a ‘no pain, no gain’ climb on forest road up to the pyramid-shaped monument on top of Whiteash Hill – then the fun starts! Feel the adrenaline as you rush downhill on unsurfaced terrain.
This trail starts at the Winding Walks car park. Follow the red trail markers.
For advanced riders only – monster North Shore and scary earth features, drops and jumps.More information...
This trail is for advanced riders only. No matter how good you are, walk it before you ride it. The top section includes big, technical North Shore wooden structures – please make sure you’re capable of this style of riding: most of us aren’t. The second section is big earth features, drops and jumps. After section two, rejoin the Ring (red trail) back to the car park.
Join the Freeride from the Fochabers Ring (red) trail. Start by following the red trail markers from the Winding Walks car park and join the Freeride near the monument.
Ordiequish Skills Area
Try out the trail features first so you can hit the trails like a pro!More information...
The place to try out the trail features and learn more advanced bike skills. Bank a berm, take on a tabletop and blast a bomb hole – hone your technique and transfer it to the trails like an expert.
You can find the Skills Area just up from the Ordiequish car park.
The Soup Dragon
Blue: Moderate - 2.6 miles / 4.1 km
A fun-packed friendly route that can be enjoyed at any level.More information...
This is just pure fun. You’re in control but there’s just one catch – you’ve got to gain some height first! Don’t worry though, your climb will be well rewarded – it’s soup time – and if you want more, keep climbing to add on the Dragon’s Tail. Comprising good hard singletrack and forest road sections. Link this trail to the Haggis or Gordzilla to extend your adventure.
Start the trail at the Ordiequish car park and follow the blue trailmarkers.
Blue: Moderate - 5.5 miles / 8.8 km
This beastie’s full of interest, loads of fun, a fair distance but not too technical.More information...
Get stuck into The Haggis for fun, moderate challenges and a ride that doesn't take itself too seriously. The Haggis has hard singletrack and some forest road sections. Link this trail to the Soup Dragon or Gordzilla to extend your adventure.
This trail starts from Ordiequish car park.
Blue: Moderate - 3.3 miles / 5.3 km
A great, flowing route. Cruise it or ramp it...either way you'll enjoy it.More information...
Tackle this strange, sizable beast. There's plenty here to get the adrenaline pumping and your heart racing. Gordzilla is made up of hard singletrack and forest road sections. Link this trail to the Soup Dragon or the Haggis to extend your adventure.
Find the start of this trail at Ordiequish car park.
The Gully Monster
Black: Severe - 1.5 miles / 2.3 km
An awesome trail of monster proportions, like nothing you've ridden before...More information...
Prepare to embrace the beast - this trail is full of technical interest and hair raising challenges, all on hard singletrack. You'll find the start of this trail at the car park at Ordiequish.
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Telephone : 01466 794161
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How to get here
Visit the Moray Monster Trails at Winding Walks
From Fochabers, follow the A98 east towards Buckie for about 1 mile (2km). The Winding Walks car park is on the right.
IV32 7PG is the nearest postcode.
The car park is at grid reference NJ 358 585.
Visit the Moray Monster Trails at Ordiequish
From Fochabers High Street turn south opposite the museum and follow the Ordiequish Road for 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The car park is on the right.
IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode
The car park is at grid reference NJ337 566.
The nearest railway station to both Ordiequish and Winding Walks is at Keith. Regular buses link the towns and villages along the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen. They carry bikes if there’s room – and there usually is. Just get off at Fochabers and head for the trails!
For more details visit Traveline Scotland.
Fancy a stroll instead?
Try the woodland trails from the Winding Walks car park. Or, if you’re looking for a short, easy trail that’s suitable for everyone, head to Balnacoul at Mosstodloch. For another short but more challenging walk, visit the Earth Pillars, strange natural standing stones.
Looking for easy cycling?
Moray Monster Trails are all about single track sport cycling. If that’s not for you and you’re looking for easy cycling in a beautiful location, try the coastal forests of Roseisle, Lossie and especially Culbin – which is particularly good if you’re not a fan of hills!
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