The Moray Way

15.The Moray Way

De Moray Way combineert de Dava Way, de Moray Coast Trail en de Speyside Way en vormt een mooie circulaire route met heel veel verschillende landschappen en flora en fauna. Van uitgestrekte stranden, tot wijde baaien, vruchtbare landbouwgrond, bossen , open heidelandschap en heuvels.
De route verbindt ook lieve dorpjes en stadjes met elkaar en u vindt er historische en archeologische bezienswaardigheden van standing stones tot middeleeuwse kastelen. En voor de whiskyliefhebbers is er een keur aan verschillende distilleerderijen.

De aanbevolen optie is: 8 wandeldagen en 9 nachten

Day 1: Arrive in Fochabers Travel to Fochabers and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.
Day 2: Fochabers to Craigellachie (13 miles / 21 km)      Follow the River Spey as you climb to a quiet road high above the river. As the Way follows forest tracks along the side of Ben Aigan there are wonderful views across the Spey Valley before descending into the attractive village of Craigellachie. Visit the Macallan Distillery or extend your route to follow the 4 mile ‘Dufftown Spur’ to this charming little town and the “malt whisky capital of the world”. 
Day 3: Craigellachie to Ballindalloch (12 miles / 19 km)     Your walk follows the Speyside Way south with easy walking through a wooded valley past rivers and farmland. It passes through the villages of Aberlour, Carron and Knockando before arriving into Ballindalloch – a small village surrounded by majestic hills. Here you’ll find Ballindalloch Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland. Known as the ‘pearl of the north’, a visit to the castle and its gardens will be a real highlight.
Day 4: Ballindalloch to Tomintoul (15 miles / 24 km)    
This memorable section will provide you with a wonderful taste of walking in wild, isolated countryside. You’ll follow a track over the west shoulder of Ben Rinnes, commanding wonderful views, before descending to the famous Glenlivet Distillery. Enjoy a guided tour and a dram of this world famous single malt before climbing to Carn Diamh, which – at 1870 feet – is the highest point on the route. Descend into Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands. 
Day 5: Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey  (15 miles / 24 km)    
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Ballindalloch, and the Way continues past Cragganmore Distillery, crossing farmland and following forestry tracks on its way to Cromdale. The route then follows a meandering track through superb pine woods emerging eventually on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey. 
Day 6: Grantown-on-Spey to Dunphail (14.5 miles / 23 km)    
Today you will cross the Dava Moor – a wide open space of expansive moorland and woodlands, before reaching the Divie Viaduct. The impressive seven-arched Divie Viaduct was built in the 1860s and was an ambitious Victorian project that, today, serves as a great adornment to the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. From here the scenery becomes increasingly pastoral towards Dunphail.
Day 7: Dunphail to Findhorn (14.5 miles / 23 km)     
Continue on your journey through pastoral landscape of woods and fields, as you follow the old railway line surrounded by yellow gorse and broom. Passing through the Medieval settlement of Forres, you could visit Sueno’s Stone – the largest surviving Pictish stone of its kind in Scotland. Your destination for tonight is the pretty eco-village of Findhorn situated on the shores of the Moray Firth. Idyllically set facing Burghead Bay, Findhorn’s majestic beaches are a sight for sore eyes!
Day 8: Findhorn to Lossiemouth (15.5 miles / 25 km)    
This section follows the coastline. See if you can spot the regular whales and bottlenose dolphins that circumnavigate the Moray Coast! Passing through Burghead and Hopeman, the Way will take you through Clashach Quarry and Covesea – a spectacular section of the path where you can see caves and rock arches. The final part of the walk leads towards Lossiemouth, the ‘Jewel of the Moray Firth’. This busy town has a spectacular marina and attracts many surfers and sailors.
Day 9: Lossiemouth to Fochabers (13 miles / 21 km)     
The last section of the Moray Way begins at the stunning Lossiemouth East Beach, continuing through the small towns of Kingston and Garmouth and across the old iron railway bridge over the River Spey. Once you cross the bridge, you could take a short 1-mile detour towards Spey Bay and visit the Scottish Dolphin Centre. The path continues along riverside paths and tracks before arriving back in Fochabers.
Day 10: Onward travel