A charming woodland with glimpses of a historic castle through the trees

Delgaty Wood

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.

Parking Toilets Picnic area Walking Cycling Horse riding

Life’s essentials

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!

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200


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.

Using SatNav?

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.

Nearby places

You can download a map of other forests in Aberdeenshire (PDF 4.1MB) – there are plenty to explore.

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