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Unwind along the Duke of Gordon's 'winding walks' through attractive pine forest, a dramatic gully and exotic conifers

Winding Walks

Meander a maze of trails

The 'winding walks' are a maze of trails through the 19th century gardens of the Duke of Gordon. Meander through open pinewoods to find striking viewpoints and monuments, enjoy a secluded picnic beside a secret loch and watch out for capercaillie. The car park is also the starting point for two thrilling Moray Monster mountain bike trails!

You'll find information about other forests in Moray in our guide.

Please note, tree felling work is taking place at Winding walks. All work should be complete by the end of April. The work will result in some general disruption to access, with temporary closures of some routes.

Please follow instructions on any signage encountered. We will attempt to minimise the disruption while we do this essential work.


Parking (charge) Picnic area Walking Mountain biking

Car parking

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £1.50 for up to 3 hours
  • £2 for all day
  • £8 for minibus and coach all day

Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Mountain bikers – the Monster Trails start here! Gear up for two of the more challenging Monster Trails, which start at the car park. For easier trails, try the blue graded Monster routes at nearby Ordiequish.

The maze of waymarked and informal trails here criss-crosses part of the 19th century gardens of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 1st Duke of Gordon, of nearby Gordon Castle. Look out for many exotic specimen trees that the Duke planted here 200 years ago, and enjoy stunning views over the Moray Firth from the dramatic pyramid-shaped monument at the top of Whiteash Hill. It commemorates Charles’s wife Frances, the Duchess of Richmond.

Discover more about the Duke and Duchess of Gordon, and their association with the historic Gordon Chapel. Find out about the history of Fochabers at the Folk Museum.

Watch out for capercaillie as you explore Whiteash Wood. This is one of the few places left in the north east of Scotland where these iconic forest birds still live.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200

Email: morayaberdeenshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Fochabers, follow the A98 east towards Buckie for about 1 mile (2km). The Winding Walks car park is on the right.

The car park is at grid reference NJ 358 585.

Using SatNav?

IV32 7PG is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

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.

Nearby places

Visit nearby Fochabers for refreshments, shopping and toilets (and don’t miss the Fochabers Folk Museum).

Want more walking? If you’re looking for a short, easy stroll that’s suitable for everyone, then head to Balnacoul Wood at Mosstodloch. For another short but more challenging walk, visit the Earth Pillars, strange natural standing stones at Ordiequish.

Mountain bikers will find more exciting Moray Monster Trails at Ordiequish too.


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