Of all the great places to go walking in Scotland, Moray is arguably the most celebrated. With so many spectacular great walks, 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.
Quarrelwood Ancestors Trail
The 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 Country Park
Millbuies 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. 1.5 miles
Brodie Castle Path
Brodie Castle has a variety of paths offering a wide choice of scenic and historic features along the routes. There are landscaped gardens with a large pond. Great walks through woodland, and a nature trail with hides for watching wildlife, including red squirrels and woodpeckers. 2.5 miles
Culbin Forest – Route 99
Culbin Forest is one 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. 5 miles
Forres: River Findhorn Circular
River Findhorn Circular. A 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. 8 miles
Roseisle Beach Walk
Roseisle Beach. At the Findhorn end of the beach you come close to the Kinloss runway, the planes don’t fly at the weekend but the beach will be busier on these days. The tide at Findhorn can go out for approximately a mile however it comes back in quickly so always check tide tables and be aware. 8 miles
Clarkly Hill Circular
Clarkly Hill, a 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.
The route explores a variety of landscapes, inc. raised farmland and coastal scenery. 3.5 miles
The Moray Way
The Moray Way links existing walking routes to form a circuit of 95 miles (153km) that can be walked comfortably in six to nine days. The route encompasses a wide variety of Scotland’s scenery and wildlife condensed into one area. The walk links numerous towns and villages where there is a variety of accommodation and shops. 95 miles
Hopeman Railway Path
The Hopeman Railway Path 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
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