Moray has a stunning coastline with something of everything - wide sandy beaches, some dramatic cliffs, coastal formations and attractive fishing villages. As might be expected, it makes for an excellent walking route - the Moray Coastal Trail. Beginning inland at the fine country town of Forres, it soon hits the coastline at Findhorn, famed for its eco-community. From here the coastal walking begins across the forested back of the vast Burghead Bay.
The section from Burghead to Lossiemouth has some superb clifftop walking with great seaviews. Further on is Spey Bay, renowned for its dolphins, the ship-building heritage of Buckie and finally a string of picturesque former fishing villages leads on to Cullen, 74km from the start.
The walk in intermittently waymarked and follows paths, tracks and sandy beaches. The walking itself is straighforward throughout.
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The Moray Coast Trail offers a range of accommodation throughout its length.
Forres is an attractive stone-built country town with a range of bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels. There is a campsite at Kinloss further along the route, half way to Findhorn. Findhorn also has bed and breakfasts, a hotel and campsites and provides an alternative break of stage. Some walkers choose to start the walk at Findhorn as the route to here from Forres is all along the roadside cyclepath.
After Findhorn, the next stopping point is at Burghead. This is a good sized village with shops and bed and breakfast accommodation. There is also a campsite, which the coastal path actually passes through on the way into the village. Hopeman - a short distance further along the way - provides an alternative stop to Burghead.
The next possible stopping point is the tiny village of Spey Bay, where there are two B&Bs and another campsite. Further on is the village of Portgordon - again offering accommodation - before reaching the town of Buckie. Buckie offers a choice of hotels and guest houses, with a campsite at its eastern fringe at Strathlene.
The former fishing villages of Findochty and Portknockie offer opportunities to break the final stage (including campsites), which ends at the very attractive village of Cullen. Again both hotels and bed and breakfasts and a campsite are available. There is also an independent hostel here.
There are 239 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Moray Coastal Trail. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 11 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.
|The Moray Coast Trail in a day!||Sprollie Dollies||23/07/2016||10|
|The Moray Coast Trail - Sun, Sand & Seagulls||andrewl7642||11/07/2014||10|
|The Moray Coast Trail - A Challenge||Gordie12||19/06/2021||8|
|Moray coast - Bow n fiddle and cullen but no skink - Day 4||bargee||29/08/2017||6|
|The joys of a low level walk||ActiveLouise||22/03/2022||4|
|Moray Coast Path; - Just keep the Sea on the Left. Day one||bargee||26/08/2017||3|
|Moray Coast Trail Fail||dynamo83||18/02/2016||3|
|Panther's old stories: Burghead to Findhorn||BlackPanther||13/03/2011||3|
|Portessie to Portknockie - some more Moray :)||BlackPanther||19/11/2011||2|
|Moray Coast - More sand, spey and tank traps - Day Three||bargee||28/08/2017||1|
|Moray Coast path;- old railway and sand - Day Two||bargee||27/08/2017||1|