Moray and North Aberdeenshire offer a world of contrasts to be explored on foot. Wide expanses of sandy beach are backed by immense dune systems and pine forests teeming with wildlife. The coastal villages include some of the most picturesque in Scotland whilst further inland, castles, wooded glens, waterfalls and distilleries dot the rolling hills between the mountains and the sea.

This guide features 40 shorter walks stretching from Nairn, right along the Moray Firth coast to the eastern tip at Rattray Head in Aberdeenshire. The routes are packed full of interest, including both local favourites and hidden gems. Most of the routes are suitable for families and leave plenty of time to explore the fascinating villages or sample the Speyside whiskies along the way.

96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide

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This book covers the southern coastline of the Moray Firth, from just east of Inverness to the North Sea at Rattray Head. The area includes Nairn, the whole of Moray, including Forres, Dufftown, Buckie and Elgin, and the picturesque fishing villages of North Aberdeenshire such as Gardenstown, Crovie and Pennan. In addition to the coast, with its vast sandy beaches and intricate rock formations, cliffs and coves, the landscape extends inland towards the fringes of the Cairngorms. Here are the moors and glens, habitat of red deer and golden eagle, and the heartland of malt whisky – Speyside.
Such variety makes for a fascinating range of walks which pass distilleries, scout out the Moray Firth dolphins, hike across rolling farmland and gentle moors, watch red squirrels and birds amongst the pines and dunes of the coast, and explore some of Scotland’s most picturesque villages with tiny cottages hemmed in between the cliffs and the sea.


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