Outdoor activities in Moray Speyside

It could be said that Moray Speyside is designed for outdoor activities. The rivers provide canoing and boating to the more sedate pastime of fishing. The coast and countryside have walks aplenty. Many of the forests have walking paths and there are also dedicated biking trails.

  • Dolphin Spotting
  • Playing Golf
  • Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • White Water Rafting

White water rafting

Moray has ideal river conditions for white water rafting, especially on the River Findhorn which carves its way through. The River Findhorn has class 5 sections so expect steep rapids and high difficulty although there are more accessible parts of the river. Canyoning is also popular on the Findhorn which can involve navigating the river by clambering, swimming, abseiling etc.

Dolphin Spotting

It’s surprising to many, but Dolphins are regularly spotted in the Moray Firth. Known locally as “loupers” because they leap out of the water, they can be seen on any part of the coast. Burghead is one of the top dolphin spotting. One of the local boats includes Burghead in its route. The Scottisd Dolphin Centre also has regular sightings. It’s located at Spey Bay, where the River Spey meets the sea. There are also wildlife boats operating along the Moray Firth which regulrly spot dolphins. North 58 operate out of Findhorn and Lossiemouth.

Playing Golf

Nearly every town and village in Moray Speyside has its own golf course nearby. Many offer club hire and most offer low priced green fees. Although some are turn up and play it’s always best to pre book your tee time.

Walking in Moray

Moray offers lots of walking and hiking opportunities. Some coastal walks include Burghead to Hopeman, Cullen towards Portnockie and walks at Culbin Forest. Outside Elgin you’ll find Millbuies, a man made loch surrounded by beautiful trees. There are numerous walks in Dufftown which start from the Tolbooth. Deep in Speyside, you can walk old smuggler trails from Glenlivet Distillery.

Longer walks include the Speyside Way from Buckie to Aviemore and th Dava Way from Forres to Grantown on Spey. If you like walking by the sea, then there is the Moray Coastal path.

Mountain Biking

The Moray Monster Trails are a collection of great graded mountain bike experiences. Managed by the Forestry Commission, the trails are just outside Fochabers. All skill levels are catered for including red and black runs. There’s also a skills practice area. Forres also has a more limited range of mountain bike tracks at Sanquhar Woodlands Mountain Bike Trails.