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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The forest walks in Monaughty pass through some magnificent Douglas fir and Scots pine and provide spectacular views out to the Moray Firth. Pluscarden Abbey is nearby and is also worth a visit. It is the only medieval monastry in Britain inhabited by a working order of Benedictine monks. The all-ability trail contains a few gradients that some visitors may find limiting. However, the trail has lots of seating and contains a lovely spot down by the Black Burn Bridge.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 0012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Monaughty is in Forests of Moray and Aberdeenshire.
From Elgin take the B9010 Dallas road for one mile, then the Pluscarden minor road for a further 2.5 miles, where the Torrieston car park is on the right.
From Forres, take the B9010 Rafford/Dallas road for four miles, then the Pluscarden minor road. The Torreston car park is two miles beyond Pluscarden, on the left.
Elgin and Miltonduff are the nearest towns or villages.
OS Grid Reference: NJ164588

Information Monaughty is in Forests of Moray and Aberdeenshire. From Elgin take the B9010 Dallas road for one mile, then the Pluscarden minor road for a further 2.5 miles, where the Torrieston car park is on the right. From Forres, take the B9010 Rafford/Dallas road for four miles, then the Pluscarden minor road. The Torreston car park is two miles beyond Pluscarden, on the left. Elgin and Miltonduff are the nearest towns or villages. OS Grid Reference: NJ164588

The Monaughty Forest Car Park did not contain bays that were designated or delineated for visitors with disabilities. However, the car park itself provided a good level of access, allowing easy transfer from vehicles to the adjacent picnic area and trail-head.

CarPark The Monaughty Forest Car Park did not contain bays that were designated or delineated for visitors with disabilities. However, the car park itself provided a good level of access, allowing easy transfer from vehicles to the adjacent picnic area and trail-head.

 

Path

There were three picnic benches in the area surrounding the car park. One of the benches had a path to approach it and additional hard surfacing around the base to facilitate easier access.

Seat There were three picnic benches in the area surrounding the car park. One of the benches had a path to approach it and additional hard surfacing around the base to facilitate easier access.

Visitors to the All-Ability trail are required to cross a public highway from the car park to the trail –head. The layout of the road does not impede visibility to a significant degree, and although most visitors will be able to see a stretch of road in both directions, care is nevertheless needed.

Start Visitors to the All-Ability trail are required to cross a public highway from the car park to the trail –head. The layout of the road does not impede visibility to a significant degree, and although most visitors will be able to see a stretch of road in both directions, care is nevertheless needed.

The path is well-surfaced throughout and is approximately 1.4m in width. In places wider bays have been created to allow greater access.

Width The path is well-surfaced throughout and is approximately 1.4m in width. In places wider bays have been created to allow greater access.

There are one or two moderate uphill gradients at the start of the trail. Wheelchair users and people with mobility problems may require light assistance.

Gradient There are one or two moderate uphill gradients at the start of the trail. Wheelchair users and people with mobility problems may require light assistance.

 

Path

Cross drains have been created to help shed surface water from the path.

Obstacle Cross drains have been created to help shed surface water from the path.

A number of small perches have been placed along the trail. These are strategically placed before or after uphill sections.

Seat A number of small perches have been placed along the trail. These are strategically placed before or after uphill sections.

The path reaches a wider forest track. At this point, bear right.

Direction The path reaches a wider forest track. At this point, bear right.

Bear left at this picnic bench.

Direction Bear left at this picnic bench.

In places, weathering has had an effect on the path, although minimal.

Surface In places, weathering has had an effect on the path, although minimal.

Perch points are located frequently along the trail.

Seat Perch points are located frequently along the trail.

A short downhill section occurs here. A handrail has been provided for assistance.

Gradient A short downhill section occurs here. A handrail has been provided for assistance.

Continue straight on.

Direction Continue straight on.

The path descends down to the Black Burn.

Gradient The path descends down to the Black Burn.

The path crosses the Black Burn bridge. A slight lip may cause difficulty for wheelchair users.

Step The path crosses the Black Burn bridge. A slight lip may cause difficulty for wheelchair users.

 

Direction

On the other side of the bridge a bench overlooks Black Burn.

Seat On the other side of the bridge a bench overlooks Black Burn.

Continue straight on.

Direction Continue straight on.

 

Path

At this point, bear left for the longer circular walk. A short cut can be taken by going straight ahead.

Direction At this point, bear left for the longer circular walk. A short cut can be taken by going straight ahead.

Perches are provided frequently along the trail.

Seat Perches are provided frequently along the trail.

Grass and weeds have grown across the path, reducing the path width to less than 1m.

Width Grass and weeds have grown across the path, reducing the path width to less than 1m.

 

Path

Path

Path

The path follows a long straight section.

Direction The path follows a long straight section.

Perch points are placed regulalrly along the trail.

Seat Perch points are placed regulalrly along the trail.

Path

Path

Path

The path bears around to the right and follows a long straight section.

Direction The path bears around to the right and follows a long straight section.

Continue straight on.

Direction Continue straight on.

 

Path

The forest track bisects the trail, continue straight on towards the bridge.

Direction The forest track bisects the trail, continue straight on towards the bridge.

Black Burn bridge.

Seat Black Burn bridge.

The bridge contains an uphill gradient of 12%. Visitors with mobility difficulties may require assistance at this point.

Gradient The bridge contains an uphill gradient of 12%. Visitors with mobility difficulties may require assistance at this point.

The bridge contains an uphill gradient of 12%. Visitors with mobility difficulties may require assistance at this point.

Gradient The bridge contains an uphill gradient of 12%. Visitors with mobility difficulties may require assistance at this point.

 

Direction

Perches are placed regularly along the trail.

Path Perches are placed regularly along the trail.

Path

The trail returns to the picnic bench. Retrace your steps to return to the car park.

End The trail returns to the picnic bench. Retrace your steps to return to the car park.

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