Elgin, Buckie and Cullen

Elgin, Buckie and Cullen

The city of Elgin, with its riverside location and ruined cathedral, is the capital of Moray. It makes an ideal base to explore an area rich in history, situated between the hills and distilleries to the south and the fine coastline, rich in sandy beaches, to the north.

Along the coast the main towns are Lossiemouth and Buckie, both forming fishing centres. Between the two is the majestic sweep of Spey Bay, from which dolphins are frequently sighted. Further east are some of Moray's picturesque fishing villages - Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen, famous for Cullen Skink soup. All are linked by beautiful coastal walks.


Walk Grade Length Time
Loch na Bo, near Lhanbryde grade2.5km 1 hour
Millbuies Country Park, near Elgin grade2.7km 45 minutes
Roseisle Forest and Dunes grade3.5km 1.5 hours
Quarrelwood, Elgin grade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Elgin Explorer grade4.5km 1 - 2 hours
Torrieston Forest, by Pluscarden Abbey grade4.75km 1.5 hours
Burghead Bay grade5.5km 1.5 hours
Winding Walks, near Fochabers grade5.75km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Spey Bay circuit, Spey Bay grade6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Buckie and Portgordon: Gollachy circuit grade8.75km 2 - 3 hours
Bin of Cullen gradegrade5.5km 1.5 hours
Lossiemouth East Beach and the River Lossie gradegrade6.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Cullen Bay and Portknockie circuit gradegrade7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Burghead and Clarkly Hill gradegrade7.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Binn Hill from Kingston, near Garmouth gradegrade8.25km 2 hours
Hopeman to Lossiemouth gradegrade9km 2.5 - 3 hours
Findlater Castle from Cullen gradegrade9.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
The Moray Coastal Trail 72.25km 4 stages
The Speyside Way 107km 6 stages

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