The Moray Coast

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.

The Moray Coast

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".

my favourite place

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.

Clashach Cove

Cummingston Beach

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.

Cummingston beach

Burghead Bay

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

Ordnance Survey Maps for this Area

OS Explorer 422 and 423

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