With over 20km of fun-packed singletrack mountain bike routes, there’s something here to feed the monster in everyone...

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! Check out the Moray Monster trail map (PDF 1.6MB) to plan your rides.

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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 Winding Walks before you head out on the trails.

Safety note

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.

Life’s essentials

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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

From 17 April, continuing tree felling operations will mean that the Fochabers Ring diversion remain in place for approximately a further 2 weeks. Please look out for and follow  diversion signs.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused while this essential work is carried out.

Please note there will be no access to the Ordiequish forest from 8pm on Thursday 19 April until 8pm on Saturday 21 April due to a Temporary Removal of Access Rights Through Forests for the Speyside Stages Rally event.

Contact: Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District

Address: Portsoy Road, Huntly

Postcode: AB54 4SJ

Telephone: 0300 067 6200


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.

Using SatNav?

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 0.5 miles (0.8 km). The car park is on the left.

Using SatNav?

IV32 7PE is the nearest postcode

The car park is at grid reference NJ337 566.

Public transport

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.

Nearby places

Want more?

For more great MTB trails head to Laggan Wolftrax, south of Aviemore, or Learnie Red Rocks on the Black Isle.

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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