Things to See & Do in Cairngorms and Moray
If you thought Moray was all about Whisky, you’d be wrong! There is no doubting that Moray has the most famous whisky trail in Scotland, but there is so much more on offer!
There are no shortage of walking trails in Moray. The Moray Coastal Trail is a 50 mile stretch of beach, track, scenery and wildlife, which can be tackled in short spurts! The Speyside Way is 65 miles of cross country which can be enjoyed on foot, horse-back or cycle! If you prefer a slightly shorter route (a mere 13 miles!) then the new Isla Way is a cycle or walking route, linking the famous distillery towns of Dufftown and Keith. A wee dram may be in order at the end of your journey!
Other popular sports and activities would certainly include fishing which is a hugely popular pastime in Moray, the two major rivers being Findhorn and Spey. Golf also features, with a number of courses having fantastic locations next to the coastline. And who can forget the skiing! Being situated on one of the highest roads in the UK, the Lecht, above Tomintoul (the highest village in the Highlands), is often one of the first skiing centres to have a significant snowfall.
If the thought of all that exercise tires you out, then maybe you prefer a more relaxed day on the beach. And there are a number of beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. Roseisle is very popular due to the facilities close by. It has a constantly evolving shoreline and is unusually bordered, and therefore sheltered, by the forest.
The towns and villages of Moray have wide range of attractions from castles to soup! Duffus Castle was originally built with wood, then rebuilt in a more lasting stone structure. Findhorn, Lossiemouth and Cullen all make for fabulous day trips.
The Cairngorm National Park is the largest national park in the British Isles, crossing 5 different regions. Ideal for those with a love of everything outdoors, from skiing, snowboarding, water sports, pony-trekking, quad biking, zip wires, mountain biking, gliding, fishing, husky racing and walking to the wildlife such as badgers, red squirrels and you may even be lucky enough to spot the elusive wildcat or capercaille.
There are many forests to explore including Glenmore, Glenfeshie and Abernethy. If you prefer to relax whilst taking in the scenery, the steam train to Boat of Garten, or Scotland’s only funicular railway are the way to travel!
Braemar is in the south of the Cairngorm Mountain range and is equally as popular for skiing. Glenshee offers the most extensive facilities, boasting 22 lifts and 36 runs! Braemar also hosts the annual Braemar Gathering, frequented by the Royals. You can also try your hand at fly fishing on the very popular River Dee.
Balmoral Castle is the Queens Scottish residence and is open to the public at certain times of year, and Ballater is a Victorian town, renown for it Royal connections. As you wander the wonderful selection of shops, many will display Warrants of the Queen and Prince Charles.
We have also taken our border for this area into Highland Perthshire as we felt it offers something to the Highland fans who may not be able to travel all the way up. It is a beautiful area, different than the usual highland scenery, yet equally as magnificent.