THINGS TO SEE & DO
Dunearn River Walk, Forres
Outstanding views up and down the River Findhorn. The narrow path passes very close to the edge of sheer, vertical drops down to the swirling waters. Forest paths, muddy at times with steep drops alongside to the river - great care needed.
Hopeman to Lossiemouth
An excellent one-way coastal walk with a fine cliff-top section, coves and sea-stacks, finishing with a long walk across a huge sandy beach. If starting from Elgin you can catch a bus out to Hopeman and another bus back from Lossiemouth. Alternatively, if you have the time and energy you can reverse your walk back to the start.
Millbuies Country Park
There is a grass area for play with picnic tables and barbecue points. The featured path around the loch is hard aggregate with various other paths leading off to scenic views. A large variety of rhododendrons and trees have been planted and this attracts wildlife, from red squirrels to roe deer, badger, rabbit and if you are quiet, pine martin. On the loch there is mallard, tufted duck, moorhen and swan. In the loch, which is stocked with rainbow trout, you can hire a boat for fly-fishing. This is an excellent outdoor environment to be enjoyed by the whole familyContact:
Fogwatt, 4 miles south of Elgin
One of the most popular walks starts from the harbour and heads west long the promenade for about 3km before turning inland to Delnies Wood and then looping back to the shore. Covering a total of 10km over fairly easy terrain, this walk includes some stunning views including an overview the town. The harbour is also the starting point for a walk along the River Nairn to Cawdor. The beautiful stretch of riverside is home to a variety of birds and wildlife and is a restful experience surrounded by trees and the sound of the water. At Cawdor there's a choice of five different way-marked nature trails within woods surrounding the historic castle.
Quarrel Wood, Elgin
Woodland walks through beeches, oaks and pines. Quarrel Wood commands a hilltop position overlooking Elgin, the Moray Firth and surrounding countryside.
Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading
A popular scenic river walk to Randolph's Leap where the River Findhorn flows through narrow rocks. Starts from Logie Steading where there are toilets, farm shop, children's play area, heritage centre, and an excellent cafe. There are clear paths with some steep edges over the river, a short section on a minor road, no pavement.
Roseisle Forest and Dunes
This exploration of the pine-clad dunes at Roseisle takes in the best bits of the woods, visits a bird hide, and takes in views of the sea, but also leaves plenty of time to enjoy the beach. There are clear, waymarked paths and tracks.
The Dava Way - between Forres and Grantown-on-Spey
Easy route suitable for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. It links Forres and Grantown-on-Spey and almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line. It is off road and safe from traffic. and passes a mix of farmland, woodland, and moorland.
The Forest By The Firth Trail in Lossiemouth
A five mile walk which starts at the East Beach wooden footbridge, there is a map carved in stone to guide you on your way. The route heads east along the beach eventually leading to the sheltered paths of Lossie Forest. The track heads west towards the River Lossie then leads you back to Lossiemouth along the sands. High tide may prevent access to parts of the walk.
The Speyside Way
The Speyside Way is one of Scotland's four Long Distance Routes (LDRs). It runs for over 60 miles between Buckie, on the Moray Firth, and Aviemore at the heart of Strathspey, following the valley of the River Spey for much of the way. The route passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes; by rivers and mountains, over moorland and along forest paths.
Torrieston Forest, by Pluscarden Abbey
There are three waymarked forest walks through Monaughty Forest from Torrieston, a short distance along the glen from Pluscarden Abbey; the route as described makes a longer outing by taking in most of all three. There are waymarked forestry paths with a fair amount of ascent and descent.
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