Get Walking – explore the Moray Coastal Trail with Ace Tours taking you to and from your start and finish point each day so that you can explore the route unhindered by heavy luggage.
We spend so much of our working day sat indoors in stuffy offices then slumped in front of the television at night, so when it comes to holidays it’s time to give your body and mind a treat and get moving! Swap your flipflops for walking shoes, get some exercise, some fresh air and see some of Scotland’s beautiful coastline by walking Moray’s Coastal Trail. www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/moray-coast-trail.shtml
This stunning 45 mile (72 kilometre) trail starting from the historic town of Forres to picturesque Cullen covers just about every type of coastline and sea landscape that Scotland can offer – golden sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, rock formations including the stunning bow fiddle rock, native woodlands, fields and meadows as well as passing through Moray’s coastal towns and villages. It’s mostly fairly flat but with the odd steep incline and rocky path so sensible shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather is required. Moray is fairly dry weather wise but the saying in Scotland is there’s no bad weather just the wrong clothes so be prepared!
The route starts close to the spectacular Findhorn Bay, http://fblnr.org/natural-environment/ a site of special interest, particularly for its birdlife and ends close to Spey Bay Dolphin and Whale centre www.dolphincentre.whales.org and throughout the walk you have a chance to see some of Scotland’s most amazing wildlife, including seals and if you are lucky dolphins and perhaps even a whale as well as an abundant bird life along its whole route. Close to Lossiemouth flyers of a different nature can be spotted as the route passes very close to RAF Lossiemouth home to the Typhoon aircraft and just past the pretty seaside town of Lossiemouth and in a nod to Moray’s defence heritage you can explore some second world war coastal defences in Lossie Forest. The area around Portnockie rewards the walker with the dramatic bow fiddle rock, a natural arch and a favourite spot for birdlife.
The Moray Coastal Way passes many pretty towns and villages so that you are never far away from a good restaurant for morning coffee, lunch, dinner or just a relaxing drink.
It is usual to do the walk in four sections of around 25 to 12 km in length but you could cut the longer lengths into two and take time out to play golf http://www.moraygolf.co.uk (the route passes several courses), visit a distillery www.benromach.com or a historic house or castle or just explore some of the towns along the route such as Burghead, Buckie and Cullen.
Ace Tours would be happy to suggest a route suitable to your interests, book accommodation, restaurants and any tours along the way and transport you and your luggage (and well behaved dogs) to and from the start or at any point. We can move your luggage (including bikes and golf bags) to each location or if you would prefer to stay in one hotel for the entire stay we can transport you to the start of each walk and take you back to your hotel when you have completed your day’s walking – all in time for a well-deserved meal and wee dram in the hotel and a chance to rest your feet!
The Moray Coast Trail is waymarked with a downloadable guide http://www.morayways.org.uk/PDF/Moray%20Coast%20Trail.pdf www.morayways.org.uk . It connects with the Speyside Way at Spey Bay, and with the Dava Way at Forres; with these two routes it is possible to walk a circuit (known as the ‘Moray Way’).
Always dress for the weather as the coast is exposed in many places. Bring waterproofs, a warm fleece or sweater, sturdy boots and a sense of adventure!