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Overview

Walking Holidays
8 - 10 Nights
95 miles / 152 km
  • Prices from: £815 per person
  • Start: Fochabers, Moray
  • Finish: Fochabers, Moray
  • Availability: Any start date from March to October
  • Grading: Moderate to Challenging
  • Way-marked: Yes

Moray Way Highlights

The River Spey
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One of the longest and the fastest-flowing rivers in Scotland, the River Spey is a mighty sight. Follow the contours of the river upstream as you walk alongside it from Fochabers to Grantown-on-Spey.

Whisky distilleries
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Explore the ‘Malt Whisky Capital of the World’ as you walk into the heart of Scotland’s whisky heartland, with many world-famous working distilleries near the path including Macallan, Glenlivet, Balvenie and Glenfiddich.

Dava moorlands
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Escape the crowds as you traverse across the remote and expansive Dava moorlands towards the impressive Divie Viaduct.

Pictish settlements
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Visit Sueno’s Stone in Forres – the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland. It is beautifully carved in several panels, including the depiction of a battle scene among stylized Pictish symbols.

Welcoming villages
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Embrace the warm Highland hospitality of the many attractive villages the trail passes through, as you make your way through this beautiful part of the country.

Magnificent coastline
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Experience the spectacular Moray coastline as you climb rugged cliffs, explore hidden sea caves and photograph striking rock arches. You may be lucky and spot some Moray Firth dolphins, seals, fulmars or red-throated divers.

A Diverse Walk in Scotland’s Stunning North East

The Moray Way combines the Dava Way, the Moray Coast Trail, and the Speyside Way to form a wonderful 95-mile circular route which incorporates a wide variety of Scotland’s unique landscapes and wildlife. From expansive beaches to secluded forests, the Moray Way encompasses the best that the north-east Highlands has to offer.

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The three trails that comprise the Moray Way are well way-marked and each has a unique character. Starting with valleys and riverside walks along the River Spey, the way then follows a famous disused railway line, finally leading to a coastal walk on one of the finest stretches of coast in the UK.

The route also links charming villages and coastal towns, replete with historical and archaeological sites, from ancient standing stones to medieval castles. There are plenty of opportunities to visit whisky distilleries and enjoy the local “water of life”.

The first two sections of the Moray Way are slightly more challenging – traversing through the heart of Malt Whisky country, onward towards the original railway link connecting the Highlands to the south. You are rewarded once you reach the beautiful Moray Coast, with its sweeping and expansive landscapes. Take your time as you take in the views of rugged cliffs, caves and sheltered coves, fishing harbours and panoramic sandy beaches. Make sure to be on the lookout for local wildlife too.

Moray Way Route

Recommended Itinerary

Our most popular itinerary is MORW3 which covers the full route in 8 days / 9 nights and includes the Tomintoul Spur.

Travel to Fochabers for your first night’s accommodation
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Arrive in the picturesque village of Fochabers, located on the banks of the River Spey on the main Moray coastal route. Founded in 1776, the village enjoys a rich cultural history and many of the buildings on the High Street are period houses of architectural interest.

Day 1: Fochabers to Craigellachie (13 miles / 21 km)
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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 2: Craigellachie to Ballindalloch (12 miles / 19 km)
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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 3: Ballindalloch to Tomintoul (15 miles / 24 km)
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This memorable section will provide you with a wonderful taste of walking in wild and 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 4: Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey (15 miles / 24 km)
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After breakfast you will be transferred back to Ballindalloch. 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 5: Grantown-on-Spey to Dunphail (14.5 miles / 23 km)
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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 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 6: Dunphail to Findhorn (14.5 miles / 23 km)
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Continue your journey through a picturesque 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 7: Findhorn to Lossiemouth (15.5 miles / 25 km)
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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 8: Lossiemouth to Fochabers (13 miles / 21 km)
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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.

Onward travel
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After breakfast, you will start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the Moray Way.

What's Included?

Your Moray Way walking holiday includes:

  • Carefully-selected accommodation along the route and trail transfers when applicable
  • En-suite or private bathroom facilities whenever possible
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack, kit list, guidebook and map (one set per room)
  • Personalised itinerary with details of your accommodation, route and recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Traditional Scottish breakfast
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your walking holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the start and end of the walk
  • Lunches and evening meals

Itineraries & Prices

We offer 4 suggested itineraries for walking the Moray Way.

Our most popular itinerary is MORW3 which covers the full route in 8 days and includes the Tomintoul Spur.

Tour code
Itinerary
Average miles infoAverage miles per day
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty
Price per person
MORW1
7 Days / 8 Nights
13.5 miles per day
Challenging
From £815
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 13.5 miles per day
Tour code: MORW1
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Challenging

7 Days / 8 Nights (MORW1)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £35 per night
  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Fochabers for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Fochabers to Craigellachie 12.5 miles / 20 km
2
Day 2 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey 13 miles / 21 km
4
Day 4 Grantown-on-Spey to Dunphail 14.5 miles / 23 km
5
Day 5 Dunphail to Findhorn 14.5 miles / 23 km
6
Day 6 Findhorn to Lossiemouth 15.5 miles / 25 km
7
Day 7 Lossiemouth to Fochabers 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Fochabers

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£1020 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or a private bathroom is guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£815 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

MORW2
8 Days / 9 Nights
12 miles per day
Moderate
From £855
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 12 miles per day
Tour code: MORW2
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

8 Days / 9 Nights (MORW2)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £35 per night
  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Fochabers for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Fochabers to Craigellachie 12.5 miles / 20 km
2
Day 2 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey 13 miles / 21 km
4
Day 4 Grantown-on-Spey to Dava 8.5 miles / 13.5 km
5
Day 5 Dava to Dunphail 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
6
Day 6 Dunphail to Findhorn 14.5 miles / 23 km
7
Day 7 Findhorn to Lossiemouth 15.5 miles / 25 km
8
Day 8 Lossiemouth to Fochabers 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Fochabers

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£1095 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or private bathroom guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£855 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

MORW3
8 Days / 9 Nights (Tomintoul Spur)
14 miles per day
Challenging
From £950
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 14 miles per day
Tour code: MORW3
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Challenging

8 Days / 9 Nights (MORW3)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

This itinerary includes the Tomintoul spur, which runs from Ballindalloch to Tomintoul – the highest village in the Scottish Highlands. A transfer back to Ballindalloch is included in the package.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £35 per night
  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Fochabers for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Fochabers to Craigellachie 12.5 miles / 20 km
2
Day 2 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Ballindalloch to Tomintoul 15 miles / 24 km
4
Day 4 Tomintoul to Grantown-on-Spey 15 miles / 24 km
5
Day 5 Grantown-on-Spey to Dunphail 14.5 miles / 23 km
6
Day 6 Dunphail to Findhorn 14.5 miles / 23 km
7
Day 7 Findhorn to Lossiemouth 15.5 miles / 25 km
8
Day 8 Lossiemouth to Fochabers 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Fochabers

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£1185 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or private bathroom guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£950 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

MORW4
9 Days / 10 Nights
10.5 miles per day
Moderate
From £955
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 10.5 miles per day
Tour code: MORW4
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Moderate

9 Days / 10 Nights (MORW4)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Premium: £35 per night
  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Fochabers for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Fochabers to Craigellachie 12.5 miles / 20 km
2
Day 2 Craigellachie to Ballindalloch 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Ballindalloch to Grantown-on-Spey 13 miles / 21 km
4
Day 4 Grantown-on-Spey to Dava 8.5 miles / 13.5 km
5
Day 5 Dava to Dunphail 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
6
Day 6 Dunphail to Findhorn 14.5 miles / 23 km
7
Day 7 Findhorn to Burghead 6 miles / 9.5 km
8
Day 8 Burghead to Lossiemouth 9 miles / 14.5 km
9
Day 9 Lossiemouth to Fochabers 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Fochabers

Prices

Premium
Best available Guest Houses, Inns & Hotels
£1205 per person

Carefully selected guest houses, inns and hotels throughout your walk, which will be the best available in each location. As premium accommodation is in short supply on this trail, please note that some establishments will be of a higher standard than others. En-suite facilities or private bathroom guaranteed.

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£955 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

Moray Way Accommodation

All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.

We will always prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.

Travel Information

As an environmentally conscious tour operator, we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.

Getting to & departing from Fochabers
By Air

Nearest airports: Inverness Airport and Aberdeen Airport.

Nearest major airports: Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow International Airport.

All airports run regular shuttle bus services to the city centres. From Glasgow and Edinburgh, you can then connect with train and bus services to Inverness and Aberdeen, from where you can continue your journey to Fochabers by public transportation.

By Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station: Elgin Station or Keith Station.

Scotrail operates train services from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Aberdeen (journey time approximately 2 hours 40 min) and from Edinburgh and Glasgow to  Inverness (journey time approximately 3 hours 30 min).

If you are travelling from London, trains depart from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen (journey time 7 hours) and Inverness (journey time 9 hours).

From Inverness, there are train services to Elgin (journey time 40 min). From Aberdeen, there are train services to Keith (journey time 1 hour) or Elgin (journey time 1 hour 25 min). From Elgin or Keith, you can connect with Stagecoach bus services to Fochabers (journey time approximately 30 min).

By Car

If you plan to travel by car, it may be possible to park at your accommodation in Fochabers for the duration of your holiday. We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Additional Days

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation for you along the Moray Way.

You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.

Craigellachie
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  • Visit the Macallan Distillery, which features a contemporary architectural design and an interactive visitor centre
  • Take a tour of the award-winning Speyside Cooperage, the only operational cooperage in the UK where you can experience the traditional art of barrel making
Dufftown
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  • Follow the four mile ‘Dufftown Spur’ to the Glenfiddich Distillery. Glenfiddich is the world’s favourite single malt whisky
  • Explore the ruins of Balvenie Castle or arrange a visit to Balvenie Distillery, where you can arrange an exclusive tour and tasting of this fruity single malt
Ballindalloch
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  • Visit Ballindalloch Castle to explore a picture-perfect Highland castle
  • Play a round of golf at Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course
  • Tour Cragganmore Distillery and enjoy a dram of local spirit
Grantown-on-Spey
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  • Spend a day relaxing in this elegant Georgian town on the banks of the River Spey
  • Try your hand at fly-fishing
  • Explore the ancient woods of Anagach
Findhorn
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  • Take a boat trip on the Moray Firth with North 58˚ Sea Adventures to spot local bottlenose dolphins, seals, porpoises, minke whales, and maybe even orca!
Lossiemouth
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  • Enjoy a leisurely day at East Beach and treat yourself to a scrumptious homemade ice cream from Miele’s of Lossie
  • Visit nearby Elgin Cathedral. Even as a ruin, the 13th-century cathedral is one of Scotland’s most ambitious and beautiful medieval buildings

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Moray Way

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