Things to Do in and around Moray Speyside Itinerary
Located in the north east of mainland Scotland, Moray Speyside is home to hundreds of coastal gems, intriguing history and heritage, as well as plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities.
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Day 1Moray Coastal Trail
Your adventure starts with stunning scenery, coastal seascapes, wildlife and a breathtaking long-distance walking route. Afterwards, explore the local food and drink scene before cosying up in your welcoming accommodation option of choice.
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This long-distance walking trail stretches from Findhorn to Cullen and encompasses 50 miles (80 km) of immense landscapes, coasts and nature. Linking together quiet fishing towns and harbours, this waymarked path divides up into 10 sections, so you can walk as much or as little as you like. Along the way, stop to marvel at the rugged cliff tops, caves, sheltered coves and coastal formations, and take in the breathtaking stretches of sandy beaches too.
The Moray Firth is alive with a range of wildlife. You can often spot pods of dolphins playing in the sea, as well as many species of birds flying overhead too.Explore The Moray Coastal Trail
Food, drink and accommodation Moray Speyside
Speyside is well-known for its delectable whisky blends and known as 'Malt Whisky Country'. You'll find historic and famous distilleries, coopers, bottlers, and retailers, and even a Malt Whisky Trail which takes you through the stunning landscapes, stopping off at cosy café's, outdoor activities and more along the way too. Stop in for a dram or two at Aberlour Distillery, Dallas Dhu Distillery, or Glen Moray Distillery, to name a few. For food, head to the café at the Logie Steading set in a beautiful courtyard, or enjoy a meal out at The Bothy Bistro or Bijou By The Sea.
Tucked away in Findhorn Valley, snuggle into Ace Adventures camping and glamping accommodation, with woodland surrounding the campsite, a cattle byre steading to stay in, motorhome pitches, and Bell Tents to try out. In Forres, head to The Loft and experience a stay in wigwams for a quirky getaway with lots to do in Moray Speyside. Or if you're a fan of Shakespeare, indulge in a spot of luxury glamping at Macbeth's Hillock.Enjoy a taste of Moray Speyside
Day 2Cairngorms National Park
Continuing with the outdoor adventures, head to the wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park with plenty of things to see & do.
Outdoor Activities Cairngorms
From watersports and archery, to gorge walking, Munro bagging and horse riding, you won't be short of outdoor activities to get involved in in the Cairngorms. Head to Loch Morlich or Loch Insh for amazing watersport experiences surrounded by towering mountains and stunning views. Try out horse riding at a range of places nearby, including Highland Horse Fun in Kingussie, Alvie Stables, and Rothiemurchus.
If you'd like to tick a few Munros off your list, you've got a great choice in the Cairngorms including Ben Macdui, Braeriach and Cairn Gorm, Mount Keen and Beinn Dearg. If you are planning on conquering a Munro, make sure you have all the essential equipment and supplies with you before you head off - read up on Safety Outdoors in Scotland.
If you've got wee ones, don't miss out on a day trip to Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Located just north of Aviemore in Carrbridge, let the kids run free with treetop trails, a Dinosaur Kingdom, Wild Water Coaster rides, a Bamboozeleum, and much more.Find more outdoor activities in the Cairngorms
Food & Drink Cairngorms
Exploring all the sights of the Cairngorms National Park will have your appetite craving something tasty! Dotted across the park you can find many little cafés or shops where you can pick up a bite to eat. Look out for farmers' markets and shops selling a variety of local produce and homegrown goods - perfect for taking home to cook up a storm.
Enjoy a mid-bike-ride pit stop at the Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre, venture up to the Cairngorm Café on Cairngorm Mountain for magnificent views, or stop in at Cobbs Café at Glenmore Visitor Centre after an afternoon of walking.Enjoy tasty food and drink in the Cairngorms
Family Friendly Walks The Cairngorms
The Cairngorms is arguably one of the best places in Scotland to enjoy a variety of walking trails and paths through beautiful forests and past towering mountains. Although there are many trails for experienced hikers, there are also plenty of easier, gentle walks too.
Loch an Eilean - with an easy, flat terrain, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the woodland that surrounds you as you wander to and around the loch.
Lochan Uaine and the Ryvoan Pass - park up by Glenmore Visitor Centre and take the path past the Reindeer Centre and Glenmore Lodge. After walking for around 30 minutes, you'll come across the clear blue-y green Lochan Uaine. With a steep scree backdrop, it's quite a beautiful lochan to come across.
RSPB Loch Garten - a great place to admire the ancient scenery of Abernethy, it is also an ideal location to spot an array of Scottish wildlife.
River walk, Nethy Bridge - an easy terrain, waymarked path along the River Nethy and through Dell Woods, starting from the Community Centre Car Park in Nethy Bridge.Find more family-friendly hill walks in the Cairngorms
Day 3Moray Speyside
Keep your eyes peeled for your friendly neighbourhood dolphins playing in the Moray Firth, uncover fantastic coastal formations, and even head out to sea for an adventure.
Bow Fiddle Rock Portknockie
Formed by the sheer force and pressure of waves over time, this unusual rock shape is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike, and is also a great shot for budding photographers. If you're an early bird or night owl, seeing Bow Fiddle Rock at sunrise and sunset is truly magical!Find out more about Bow Fiddle Rock
Scottish Dolphin Centre Fochabers
With around 190 resident bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, it is one of the best places in Scotland to spot these playful creatures in their natural habitats. Head along to the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay where you can take part in a range of activities, as well as the opportunity to learn all about the whales and dolphins that make their home here. The Moray Firth is also home to an abundance of other wildlife, such as seabirds, otters, ospreys, seals, harbour porpoises, and basking sharks. Stop by the gift shop and café, as well as the interactive exhibition area with details of all the latest wildlife sightings.Find out more about the Scottish Dolphin CentreSpey Bay,Fochabers,IV32 7PJKey facilities
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North 58 Sea Adventures Lossiemouth or Findhorn
Choose from Lossiemouth or Findhorn and head out to sea with North 58 Sea Adventures. Offering an exhilarating trip out on to the Moray Firth, marvel at the beautiful Moray coastline and admire the amazing and abundant wildlife that flourish here.
Feel the breeze in your hair and the salt spray of the sea on your face as your experienced skipper navigates the choppy waves of the Moray Firth. These 2-hour boat trips are the perfect way to get up close to Scotland's wildlife as well as admiring the incredible coastal landscapes that surround you along the way.Find out more about North 58 Sea Adventures
Day 4History & Heritage
Uncover Moray Speyside's history and heritage at a range of historic locations and attractions that tell the tales of a time gone by.
Elgin Cathedral Elgin
Also known as the 'Lantern of the North', Elgin Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and boasts intricate design and architecture to marvel at.
One of the finest architectural achievements in Scotland, the wonderful 13th-century west front is a sight to see! Step inside the octagonal chapter house, where the cathedral clergy met, to admire its stone carvings of beasts and detailed faces. In the cathedral you'll also find Scotland's tallest gravestone - placed against the south choir aisle, for the Anderson family, it stands 5 m high. You can also find the stone bishop in the nave, a larger-than-life statue that looks like a giant chess piece!Find out more about Elgin CathedralElgin,IV30 1HUKey facilities
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Spynie Palace Elgin
Spynie Palace was the residence of the bishops of Moray for 500 years and its mighty tower house, David's Tower, was one of the largest in Scotland. It also had a bowling green and according to one account, a tennis court. The beautiful surroundings and wildlife make the palace a wonderful place to visit.Find out more about Spynie PalaceElgin,IV30 5QG
Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Elgin
Head off exploring on your own around the self-guided Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere walking route in Elgin. Bringing over 1,000 years of history to life, journey through the town of Elgin.
Starting at Elgin Castle, this fortress has seen its fair share of turbulent times with famous rulers and names appearing in its history books, including Macbeth and King Duncan I, Robert the Bruce and more. It fell to ruins and was never repaired - it now stands as a site of archaeological importance.
Elgin Cathedral is now standing as one of the most glorious ruins in Scotland with intricate architecture dating back to the 13th century. In 1390, the 'Wolf Of Badenoch', son of King Robert II, burned the cathedral and the towns of Elgin and Forres after being excommunicated by the Bishop of Moray.
Conclude your tour at Johnstone's of Elgin. This wooden mill has some of the finest cashmere, wool, and tweed products in the world.Find out more about the tour
Sueno's Stone Forres
Marvel at Scotland's tallest and most complex piece of early medieval sculpture, Sueno's Stone. This archaeological site can be found in Forres and is a product of late Pictish Art. The Picts were the indigenous people of the north, and centuries ago they left behind incredible relics. Sueno's Stone features carvings of a 10th century battle scene, including horsemen, soldiers on foot, fallen soldiers, a broch or fort, and more.
Sueno's Stone is free to visit and open all year round.Find out more about Sueno's Stone
Day 5Outdoor Activities
With a spectacular coastline and miles of surrounding landscapes, there are plenty of exhilarating and exciting outdoor activities to enjoy in Moray Speyside.
Mountain Biking Fochabers
The Moray Monster Trails will give you some adventure, but there are trails for everyone from beginner to seasoned pro. Located at Winding Walks near Fochabers, there are a range of trails and a designated Skills Area.
Drive an hour south from Elgin to Glenlivet Estate for purpose-built bike trails including blue, orange and red, a pump track and skills area.Find out more about the Moray Monster Trails
Cycling Moray Speyside
There are plenty of scenic cycle routes in Moray Speyside too.
The Lossiemouth Loop is one of five circular routes in Moray Speyside. Starting at the West Beach Car Park in Lossiemouth, the path loops for 14 miles (22.4 km) around the perimeter of the Lossiemouth Airfield via Duffus Castle and back.
Head along the 29 mile (46.4 km) Moray Coastal Cycle Route from Burghead to Cullen where you can admire the rugged coastlines, quaint coastal towns and fishing harbour too. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins playing in the water and birds soaring overhead.
Take the 13 mile (20.8 km) Elgin Experience Cycle Route around the historic town of Eglin, passing many ancient sites, before heading through the surrounding picturesque countryside.Find more cycle routes in Moray Speyside
Watersports & Surfing Forres
Head to Forres where you can make a splash with an afternoon of wonderful watersports. Ace Adventures offers the perfect chance to experience a range of exciting water-based activities, from canoeing and kayaking, to cliff jumping and white-water rafting. You can also try your hand at paintball, disc golf, an overnight bush craft course, and even a yoga retreat.
Surf the waves on the Lossiemouth coastline, as well as Sandend, Cullen, Hopeman and Roseisle beaches, with New Wave Surf School. Suitable for ages 8+, surfing is a great challenge. Get out on the water and soak up Moray Speyside's glorious coastline, whilst taking in the stunning surroundings, and having fun along the way.Find out more about Ace AdventuresDunphail,Forres,IV36 2QLKey facilities
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Golf Moray Speyside
It wouldn't be a holiday in Scotland without a golfing opportunity. In Moray Speyside there is a variety of courses and greens you can tee off at and play a few rounds with friends and family. From Moray Golf Club, Hopeman Golf Club, and Rothes Golf Course, to Cullen Links Golf Course and more, there is plenty of choice. Whether you're a golfing pro, or just want to test your swing, each course boasts the perfect environment to help you get started in your golfing adventures.Find more places to tee off in Moray Speyside
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