Short Walks and Hikes in Moray Speyside
One of the top things to do in Moray and Speyside is to go walking. There are many walks from short walks/hikes to long distance routes which are well used by the local community and tourists. In general walking paths in Scotland are not paved athough more an more routes are being hard surfaced. Here’s a list of great walks to inspire you.
- Burghead to Hopeman Walk
- Hill 99 – Culbin Forest
- Millbuies Loch Walk
- Giant’s Chair – Dufftown
- Cooper Park – Elgin
Burghead to Hopeman
A walking/cycling path joins the fishing villages of Burghead and Hopeman. Keep an eye on the sea as dolphins and seals are often spotted. Park near Burghead Harbour and make your way to Burghead Visitor centre, then Burghead maltings (large grey building by the shore) where you will find a coastal path.
Culbin Forest is a large pine forest just outside Forres. There is a network of walking paths including Hill 99 which is very accessible, fairly short and leads to a tower with open views across the Moray Firth.
Millbuies is a loch just outside Elgin, which has a popular walk around it. Look out for fish jumping and the occasional deer. The loch is surrounded by a variety of trees including more unusual ones. There are benches where you can takes some time to rest and relax.
The town of Keith has lots of short walks and hikes, many leaving from Keith town (Reidhaven) square. The Green Roadies walk takes in some of Keith Town and surrounding countryside.
Dufftown in Speyside is known as the whisky capital of the world due to the number of distilleries in and around the town. It also has a number of short walks and hikes. Many leave from Dufftown Clock. The Giant’s Chair walk features Mortlach Church, Linen waterfall and Giant’s Chair (rock formation).
Cooper Park in Elgin makes a lovely walk. You can start in a few places including Elgin Cathedral and the Bible Gardens. Turn right at the bowling green, and walk anti clockwise around the park passing the tennis courts. The circuit drifts around to Coooper Park, back past Elgin Library and returns to the cathedral.
There are other things to do in Moray.