Speymouth Forest

An extensive area of commercial woodland on the right bank of the River Spey in Moray, Speymouth Forest extends to 4025 ha / 9946 acres immediately to the east and southeast of Fochabers. It is divided by the A96 and A98 trunk roads. There are car parks at Winding Walks and Ordiequish providing access to forest walks and mountain bike trails.

Established in the 19th C., the forest comprises the contiguous compartments of Leitch's Wood, Slorach's Wood, Whiteash Hill Wood, Wood of Cairnty and Wood of Ordiequish, together with the isolated blocks of Culriach Wood and Warren Wood to the north of Fochabers and southeast of Garmouth. The primary species are Scots pine (46%) and Sitka spruce (15%), with other conifers, broadleaf trees and open or felled areas making up the remainder of the area.

The forest is owned and operated by Forest and Land Scotland. The area to the south of the A96 road was acquired from the Crown Estate in 1955 and was previously owned by private estates including Gordon, Richmond and Delfur. The northern area was purchased in 1947 and 1955 from the Duke of Richmond, the Gordon Estate and the Gordon Lennox family.

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