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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!

For families or ramblers, the Dava Way offers 22 miles of pathway, mainly along an old disused railway line. Most can be done with an off-road buggy, however, there are 17 gates but no stiles. Lots of opportunity for wildlife spotting and picnic stops!

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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 is popular with day trippers, not only for the great beach walks but also the alternative Findhorn Foundation, which offers visitors the chance to see an ecovillage in action, working towards a sustainable future.

Cullen Skink, a very tasty soup made from haddock, tatties and onions, is a specialty from the seaside village of the same name. Cullen also has a long history linking it to famous names such as King Robert Bruce and Rabbie Burns. The larger of the two viaducts is a popular spot for photographers and makes for an impressive holiday snap!

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Notwithstanding the plethora of activities in this area, the Whisky Trail remains the most popular attraction. With over 50 distilleries in Moray alone, you perhaps won’t make it round them all in a week – at least not still standing! If you do plan on making the trip, we would recommend checking first, that they open to visitors.  A fabulous event and source of information is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.