The 50 miles of Moray coast trail spoils visitors with its mix of villages, fisherman harbours, sweeping sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and coves. You may even spot the odd dolphin or two.
We thought we'd share with you some of less well known parts of the trail that are really worth a visit. Whether you like your beaches sandy or pebbly (not sure if that even a word, but it's how me and my brother always used to describe them), this part of Scotland is a "Must Visit Soon".
The Secrets of Clashach Cove
Although this bay is shown as Clashach Cove on the OS maps, road signs refer to it as Cove Bay and many locals call it Primrose Bay. If you take coastal trail from the Hopeman East Beach’s colourful beach huts around to the caves at Clashach Cove you will see the spectacular caves, yellow sandstone cliffs, colourful boulders and rocks which will delight all budding photographers, young and old alike. During the summer you may even find some wild strawberries to munch on along the way.
A well kept secret, or at least it was until our Little Trekkers' Ambaasador Jay told us all about it. It is so well hidden that you won't find any signposts and so when you enter Cummingston, turn into Seaview road, then left and follow the road round to the car park. You will find near the children's play area a steep descent leading you to the beach.
Contrary to popular belief about Scotland and its weather, Burghead Bay is one of the driest places in the country. It is also on the same line of latitude as Gothenburg in Sweden and so during June and July has very long hours of sunlight with only a couple of hours of dusk.
There are six miles of beach to explore between Burghead and Findhorn. In addition to the tranquil sights there are grassy paths and a forest to further explore on adventurous walks. It is home to an abundance of wildlife with; whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals all commonly sighted offshore.
A Stone's Throw Away
- Kinloss Abbey– A Monastic Site founded in 1150
- Sueno's Stone – A remarkable 20 foot monument which dates back to the 9th or 10th century
- Burghead Promontory Fort – A fort from the Pictish era which was in use from 450AD to 850AD
Did You Know
Burghead Bay has more hours of sunshine than Cornwall
The word Firth, as in Moray Firth, comes from the old Norse word meaning 'arm of the sea'
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) can sometimes be seen around this area
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