Forest and beach walks

From Tullochwood, Forres and the surrounding area offers some beautiful forest, river and coastal walks suitable for most abilities.  www.forresweb.net orwww.forestry.gov.uk

Hill 99 at Culbin Forest

Hill 99 at Culbin Forest

Culbin Forest is ideal for walking, with miles of paths and tracks to explore, winding among pine-covered dunes and coastline.

The Hill 99 viewpoint trail is an ideal walk for first time visitors, where high into the treetop canopy a state-of-the-art ‘squirrel’s eye’ viewpoint, will enable you to see over the forest and on a clear day over the sea to the hills of Sutherland and beyond. Find out more

The Dava Way is a 23 mile (36 km) trail across the ancient Celtic province of Morayshire linking the historic towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey. Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and is off road and safe from traffic.  www.davaway.org.uk

Findhorn Beach is only a short walk through the marram grass and low sand dunes from the village to Findhorn’s wonderful beach. To the west this extends only as far as the mouth of Findhorn Bay. But to the east it extends for seven miles of wide inviting sands.  Find out more

The Forres Footpaths Trust is dedicated to establishing a network of walks in and around Forres. Few Scottish towns can boast the same kind of beauty and history that surrounds this Royal Burgh. In order to enjoy all that is on offer, the Trust has developed a number of walks around the town. Choose to look at the many historic artefacts still on show, marvel at the glorious floral displays or simply stroll around and get a feel for this beautiful town. www.forresfootpathstrust.org.uk/home.htm

Lossiemouth Beaches – enjoy two superb beaches.  West Bay stretches for three miles to the west, beyond the headland housing Covesea Lighthouse.  The East Beach extends even further to the east of Lossiemouth. It begins with the spit of sand and dunes backed by the length of the River Lossie as it parallels the sea before emerging in Lossiemouth. It is reached by pedestrian bridge from Lossiemouth. Find out more

Ordiequish – a mixed conifer woodland on the slopes of the Ordiequish Burn. A maze of old paths and tracks date back to the last century. A focal point for walks is the legendary Jean Carr Stone.  2% of the UK’s capercaillie population live in the woods.  Find out more

Quarrelwood Woodland Park – is on the site of an ancient semi natural Oakwood which has had some underplanting of beech and conifers. It is now the home of many woodland birds and mammals.  Find out more

Randolphs Leap – a spectacular gorge on the river Findhorn, this is one of the north east’s best-kept secrets. Find out more

Roseisle – a beautiful coastal pinewood bordering Burghead Bay. The sandy shore gives great vantage points for watching ducks and waders, especially in winter.Way marked walks from the car park link with the villages of Burghead and College of Roseisle, developed in partnership with the Burghead Footpath Group.  Find out more

Sluie Gorge – a forest walk along the edge of a deep gorge on the Findhorn river, trees include fine specimens of Scots Pine and douglas fir which were planted over 100 years ago. Be careful with children & pets as part of the walk is right next to very steep drops, the marked trail is 4.5 miles long. Find out more

Whiteash Wood (Winding Walk)– the steep sided gully which includes the narrow ‘Winding Walks’ paths is part of the old estate owned by the Duke of Gordon and Richmond. Whether you take in the delightful view from the gazebo at ‘The Peeps’ viewpoint, visit Longbowe Loch or the Duchess of Richmond Monument you cannot help but capture the spirit of the past in this woodland.  Find out more