Moray Monster Mountain Bike Trails

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Fochabers, Moray, IV32
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How to get to the Moray Monster Trails

Ordiequish, by Fochabers.
Turn south off the A96 by the chip shop in the middle of Fochabers (look for the blue sign). Stay on this road for around 1km, going through Ordiequish and Upper Ordiequish until you reach the car park.
Whiteash (Winding Walks), by Fochabers
Follow the A98 out of Fochabers towards Buckie for around 1km. The Winding Walks car park is on the right (south) side of the road.
Ben Aigan, by Craigellachie
Turn off the A95 Keith to Craigellachie road near Mulben. Coming from Mulbin, the car park is on the right; from Craigellachie it's on the left.
Quarrelwood, by Elgin
For Brumley Brae, Leave the A96 at Eight-Acres Hotel, on the west side of Elgin, on to Morriston Road. Continue for approx. 1/2 mile then turn left at the road signposted 'Pet Centre' on to Brumley Brae. The car park is on the left hand side approx. 1/4 mile uphill (before the pet centre).
For the Leggat car park, turn off the A96 approx 5km west of Elgin onto the minor road signposted to Rosebrae. Look out for the car park about 300 metres on the right.
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The Moray Monster Mountain Bike Trails are in Moray in Scotland. All in all there are 30km of MTB trails split across three separate and independent sites. Together you have a regional network that offers trails for all abilities be it gentle greens, moderately technical blues, adrenalin fuelled reds through to the more severely graded blacks and Orange. A quick summary of the three sites:

  • Ordiequish base by Fochabers. This has moderate blue graded routes, a skills area for progressing at all levels and the black-graded Gully Monster. 
  • Whiteash base has red and orange routes, including Fochabers Freeride area. 
  • Ben Aigan base has red and black grade routes. 

In February 2015 100,000 of investment was awarded to the Moray Trails. They have upgraded the red at Fochabers Ring at Winding Walks and the Soup Dragon blue trails at Ordiequish and in 2016 built a new MTB skills facility at Winding Walks, Fochabers.

Trails at Ordiequish base 

The Soup Dragon (Blue) 

  • The soup dragon is a 5km blue graded trail with climbs and takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Gordzilla (Blue)

  • The Gordzilla is another blue graded flowing trail that takes about an 1 hour to complete. 

The Haggis (Blue) 

  • The Haggis is another blue trail has lots of fun park style features throughout its route.

The Gully Monster (Black) 

  • The Gully monster is a black graded severe 2.4km long trail. It is very technical, tight and requires great balance as in parts it has a steep drop to the left.  

Skills Area

  • Built with progression and skill development in mind it is full of berms and jumps. 

Trails at Whiteash base 

The Fochabers Ring (Red)

  • The Fochabers Ring is a red graded technically difficult trail. It is an 8km long mix of single-track and fire road that leads you to the freeride area. 

Fochabers Freeride (Orange)

  • This trail is for advanced riders only. It's recommended to walk it first before riding. The top section of the Freeride trail includes big, technical Northshore wooden structures. The second section of the trail has big earth features, drops and jumps. 

MTB Skills Area 

  • Pump Track - Area of small rolling bumps and banked corners (berms) in an area roughly the size of a tennis court
  • 3 Downhills beginner, intermediate and expert ability levels. The runs together have ‘rollable’ bumps n jumps, different height drop-offs and three lines of jumps
  • Off-trail progressive jumps area.

Trails at Ben Aigan base 

The Ben Aigan Hammer (Red)

  • This is a 15kms long red graded single-track trail with board walk sections, drop-offs, jumps and table tops. It has one of the longest sections of single-track (@ 6.7kms) in this region. 

The Mast Blast (Black)

  • The Mast blast is a black graded severe trail with fast downs and jumps interspersed on the ride.

The Bunny (Orange)

  • The Bunny is an Orange graded 1km downhill trail that is know for it's speed. It is steep in places and often rutted and bumpy.

Other Stuff

  • The development of all three centres is the result of an innovative partnership between the Moray Mountain Bike Club and Forestry Commission Scotland, with a lot of voluntary work undertaken by local riders. 

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GPS Routes

March 27, 2016
7 visits
Submitted by: stumpy_dan
Culbin Sands MTB GPS Route is a 4km easy route in the Moray region of the Highlands. It starts from Welhill car park.

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2 reviews

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2.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5  (2)
Trail Variety 
 
3.0  (2)
Skills Development 
 
3.0  (2)
Trail Quality  
 
2.3  (2)
Facilities 
 
1.3  (2)
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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Southside good, northside rooty hell
(Updated: June 06, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
0.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
South of the A96 there is one long uphill forestry road that goes up the middle of the forrest, which is a fair slog, with single tracks branching off each side. So there is no real loop. But these blue routes flow quite nicely with fast smooth corners, especially The Haggis. The bottom part has recently been resurfaced and is a pleasure to ride. Carparking is very limited on the south side.
While north of the A96. The carpark is much bigger but there is a pay and display machine. The biggest problem with the red routes is the poor surface. Lower down the red route there's tree roots everywhere, so many you can't pick a line to avoid them, makes the ride annoying.
Worth doing for the blue routes alone if you want a quick afternoon blast. There is a tunnel under the A96 that allows you to cycle between the two sections.

User Review

Good Points
Good blue routes that flows nicely in places. Bottom blue recently improved and actually quite fun.
Bad Points
The surface of the red routes are a rooty nightmare. Big uphill slog (but you'll get fitter). Blue carpark too small. Only facilities are in the nearest village.
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Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.5
Cool trails, few different trails so you won't get bored not massive routes and are good fun in the snow and night as well!

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Good Points
Different routes
Few different trail to ride as well
Bad Points
Some bits feel like too much uphill for the down
Would you recommend?
Yes
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