Although a little longer than our usual 10 km limit, this route offers a rewarding exploration of the Cabrach, once a busy focus of upland agriculture (and illicit whisky distilling), with a population of over 1,000, now reduced to less than a tenth of that number. The special natural environment, culture and heritage of the area is now promoted and developed by the Cabrach Trust.
Duration: 4 hours.
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Open views and points of interest characterise this varied coastal walk which, alongside the expected seaside walking, features an impressive and historically interesting headland. Although of very modest height, Clarkly Hill, above Cummingston, provides a gentle ascent and great views. The final section provides a taste of coastal pine forest, and an expansive sandy beach at Burghead Bay.
Duration: 3.25 hours.
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A refreshing and undemanding little hike around and about the attractive Highland village of Tomintoul, on the roof of Moray. There are some interesting features along the way, and wonderful scenery to enjoy, throughout.
Duration: 2 hours.
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Walking in beautiful surroundings, especially accentuated when Autumn colours are to the fore, but hugely appealing at any time of year due to the contrast between the tranquil pine forest and the dynamic energy of fast-flowing torrents compressed between rocky gorges.
Duration: 3.5 hours.
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A good leg-stretching excursion amongst farmland and mixed woodland in rural Moray to achieve a popular vantage point high above the inner Moray Firth where the views are guaranteed to be breathtaking, whatever the weather.
Duration: 2.5 hours.
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A varied walk, with some hilly sections, mostly in mature woodlands in and around the attractive town of Forres, which enjoys a relatively mild and sunny microclimate, protected by the Grampian Mountains. There are a number of points of interest along the way.
Duration: 2.5 hours.
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An enjoyable circuit on the slopes of Tom Beag, in remote hill country on the edge of the Cairngorms. The route passes through sheep pasture, conifer woodland, and heather and juniper, giving great views of Glen Brown and Strath Avon.
Duration: 3 hours.
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This is an undemanding rural walk amongst the upland farms and rushing waters where the Rivers Livet and Avon meet. There are fine views and a castle ruin to inspect. Don’t be surprised if the air is lightly scented with the aroma of barley mash from nearby Glenlivet Distillery.
Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(138) Glenlivet-Drumin Castle Circuit (Moray)”
One of our longer walks, but with mostly gentle gradients, save for the short diversion to a pretty cove. Overall, this is a nice combination of coast and country, with a pretty harbour to linger by, and a sprinkling of medieval history at Old Duffus kirkyard thrown into the mix.
Duration: 3.5 hours. Continue reading “(137) Hopeman-Clashach Cove-Duffus Circuit (Moray)”
A very pleasant and sheltered walk in mature woodland. There are some good views and an opportunity to picnic at a “secret” lochan. There are a couple of historical curiosities along the way – a laird’s memorial monument, and the supposed grave of a “tinker king”.
Duration: 2 hours. Continue reading “(116) Fochabers-Whiteash Hill-Winding Walks (Moray)”