For a woodland walk near to Elgin, Quarrelwood offers the ideal choice. Take a leisurely stroll through oakwood, pines and larch, or a gentle climb to viewpoints overlooking the Moray Countryside. Explore quietly and you may well see roe deer, red squirrels and a wide variety of woodland birds.
Throughout the wood you will discover old quarries whose sandstone you can recognise in many local buildings. Cutties Hillock quarry hides the secrets of the rare reptile fossils of Elginia and Gordonia that roamed the desert landscape here, well before the age of dinosaurs. The waymarked trails guide you through time to these fascinating sites, and to henge monuments ancient and modern. For those looking for a challenge there is also an orienteering course laid out in the wood. (Maps are available from Moray Forest District Office and Elgin Tourist Information Centre).
The woods are managed through the Quarrelwood Woodland Park Association in co-operation with the Forestry Commission and Moray Council.
Groups welcome, viewpoint and orienteering.