Outdoor activities in Speyside & Moray
It could be said that the Speyside and Moray area is designed for outdoor activities and things to do outside. 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 mountain biking trails.
- Dolphin Spotting
- Playing Golf
- 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.
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 places. One of the local boats includes Burghead in its route. The Scottish 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 regularly spot dolphins. North 58 operate out of Findhorn and Lossiemouth.
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 the Dava Way from Forres to Grantown on Spey. If you like walking by the sea, then there is the Moray Coastal path.
The Moray Monster Trails are a collection of great graded mountain bike experiences. Managed by the Forestry Commission, the trails are situated 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.
You’ll find biking tracks all over Moray including Culbin Forest near Forres and Findhorn.
There are other things to do in Moray including gin tours, whisky tours, photography and relaxing on the beach. With so much choice, it can be difficult trying to fit everything into your itinerary.