Great walks in and around Carden

Of all the great places to go walking in Scotland, Moray is arguably the most celebrated. With so many spectacular places to walk, it’s really hard to choose a favourite between lochs, beaches, ancient sites, forests and rushing rivers.

Here we have selected a range of walks right on your doorstep that we hope will ‘kick-start’ your interest in Moray as an excellent walking destination and Carden Cottages as the perfect place to stay.

All images and text sourced from Moray Ways

Quarrel Wood Trail

quarrel woods walkThe Ancestor’s Trail meanders through the beautiful Oakwood part of which is an ancient semi natural wood.

It is thought Neolithic man used this wood for ceremonial purposes because of the Henge, where pottery and a bronze age axe mould was found.

2.5 Miles

Millbuies Lock Trail

millbuies trailMillbuies Loch was created by the damming of streams to provide angling facilities on the loch.Moray District Council took over the estate in 1975 and the fishing was extended to the public.

2.5 Miles


Brodie Castle Trail

brodie castle walkBrodie Castle has a variety of paths offering a wide choice of scenic and historic features along the routes.

2.5 Miles



Culbin Forest Trail – Hill 99

Hill 99 walkOne of Moray’s many Forestry Commissions woodlands with promoted access, it is located on the coastal sand dunes between Findhorn Bay and Nairn. It has a wide network of paths suitable for many users, including the signed all abilities trail, known as the Route 99. Click on in the ‘Useful Links’ section below for more information on this and other Access opportunities within Moray’s Forestry Commission woodlands.

02 Hour walk

Forres – River Findhorn Circular

Forres findhorn walkA circular walk through and around the town of Forres, following the banks of the River Findhorn for much of the route. With some fine views of the surrounding countryside it explores some attractive, yet less frequented, environs of this pretty Moray town. Click on the FORRES FOOTPATHS TRUST WEBSITE link at the bottom of this page for more information on the Forres Paths Network.

8 Miles

Roseisle Beach Walk

Roseisle beach walkOne of the featured routes on the Moray Equestrian Access Group’s website.

Approximately 8miles of sandy beach to enjoy.

8 Miles


Burghead: Clarkly Hill Circular

burghead walk and trailA circular walk starting in the Pictish Fort town of Burghead and passing through farmland and rocky shores, with stunning views of the Moray Firth along the ridge of Clarkly Hill.

3.5 Miles


The Moray Way

Moray wayThe Moray Way concept links existing walking routes to form a circuit of 95 miles (153km) that can be walked comfortably in six to nine days. The route encompases a wide variety of Scotland’s scenery and wildlife condensed into one area ie Moray. The walker experiences expansive beaches, rugged clifftops, wide Straths, fertile farmlands, forests, open moorland and mountains. The route links numerous towns and villages where there is a variety of accommodation and shops.

95 Miles

Hopeman Railway Path

This walk takes you from Hopeman Surgery on a circular route along part of the old railway line to Cummingston. It is quite sheltered along the old track and has lovely views over the Moray Firth with potential to spot dolphins.

The section from Cummingston back towards Hopeman is along a pavement next to a relatively busy road so care will be required.

1.5 Miles



Check out MORAY WAYS for a great range of walks, trails, cycle ways and bridle ways.