Moray Coast Trail

A walk along Scottish coastline, taking in beaches, forests and fishing villages bursting with local history.

4 to 5 nights
44 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £375 per person

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About this route

The Moray Coast trail is a spectacular journey along Scottish coastline. It takes in sandy beaches, secluded coves, dramatic cliffs, quiet forests, old railway track beds and a collection of small towns and fishing villages.

The trail boasts splendid scenery and captivating views out to Moray Firth and the North Sea. Wildlife is abundant along the walk, especially in the local nature reserve at Findhorn Bay. There is also plenty of history and architecture to discover, including the impressive viaduct over the River Spey, which adds an extra facet of intrigue to an already fantastic coastal trail.

© Contours Walking Holidays Moray Coast Trail map
Forres to Cullen
44 miles (70 km)
21st March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Enjoying the beautiful, dynamic inland and coastal scenery of northern Scotland.

Uncovering the local fishing history by visiting the coastal towns and villages of Portgordon, Lossiemouth and Cullen.

Spotting dolphins, seals and whales from the shoreline, as well as a vast variety of birdlife.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
MCT1 From Forres to Cullen 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£375
MCT2 From Forres to Cullen 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£465

Moray Coast Trail 4 nights, 3 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Forres where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Forres to Burghead. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 2

Burghead to Garmouth. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 3

Garmouth to Cullen. 15 miles (24km)


Depart from Cullen after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

With so much to discover along the Moray Coast Trail, we have made it easy to add extra nights into your holiday at any of the overnight stops, giving you more time to thoroughly explore the many delightful locations visited along the way.

The attractive seaside village of Cullen marks the completion of the trail and is worth an extra night's stay in order to fully appreciate the area and extend your holiday. This popular tourist destination is ideally situated for water sports and walking, with opportunities to visit the nearby beaches as well as the ruins of Findlater Castle. While you are here, you could also try Cullen's famous recipe known as Cullen Skink, a creamy soup of smoked haddock and potato.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 44 miles (70 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18.5 miles (29.5 km)
Code: MCT1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 21st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Forres
End of holiday: Cullen

Route Profile

Moray Coast Trail Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Forres). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Cullen) is at Keith (about 13 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Forres. Few bus services run from Cullen.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Forres.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Cullen to Elgin rail station. From there trains run to Forres.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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