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Moray is an outdoors enthusiast’s dream place to live and or staycation. With our micro-climate due to the Gulf Stream, low rainfall, long summer daylight hours, and superb scenery, this part of Scotland is a joy to explore. Access laws in Scotland allow people to walk, cycle, and horse ride anywhere so long as it is not a private garden or commercial area.
Walking – we have three unique trails making up the 95-mile The Moray Way, The Speyside Way, The Dava Way and the Moray Coastal Trail. These three routes encompass the River Spey, the distilleries and the Mountains from the coast inland to Granton-on-Spey, meeting up with the Dava Way, a disused and historic railway track traversing moorland and forest back to Forres before meeting up with the Coastal Way following our spectacular coastline back to the Spey.
If you are looking for a choice of walks in Moray, there is an endless selection on the Moray Ways website – whatever your fitness level Moray is waiting for you!
Alternatively, if you would like recommended walks starting from the house, we can provide maps and suggestions for hikes of any length.
Outdoors Walking Festival every June.
Serious walkers may also like to check out the annual Moray Outdoor Walking Festival. Of course, these routes are open to cyclists and horse riders.
For those who want to stretch their legs on shorter routes or looking for a good running route, we can suggest many lovely ways from our garden or a short drive away along the River Findhorn or Roseisle Beach. Road Cyclists will find a wide choice of routes with something for everyone.
Another area worth finding the time to explore is the Glenlivet Estate. As part of the Crown Estates, this Estate offers a superb choice of walks of varying lengths, allowing you to explore abandoned mines, old battlefields, castles and scenic viewpoints. There is a varied choice of routes to suit walkers of all abilities.
If you want to get closer to the Scottish hills but prefer not to walk, I recommend a trip with Glen Livet Hill Trek. Their Argocats do all the work; you enjoy the scenery and the natural outdoors.
The nearby Cairngorms National Park offers mountain treks and snow skiing in winter.
If your preferred Outdoor Activity is on the water, Moray also offers a wide range of water sports, and Findhorn Marina is a good starting point. Kayaking, paddle-boarding and Dolphin watching trips are all available here. The River Findhorn offers White Water rafting to adventure enthusiasts with some of the best white-water rafting available in the UK.
If you are a horse rider, you will love this area as it offers limitless riding with little or no roadwork – experienced riders might like to accompany Sheena on a hack.