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Moray Coast Trail
Sandra Bardwell  
04 March 2021
UK price £12.99
72pp, 130 x 220mm, 160g

Moray Coast Trail

with Dava Way and Moray Way


Sandra Bardwell

"This superb guidebook makes the perfect companion" - Cameron McNeish

This new edition covers in detail two contrasting routes in north-east Scotland: the Moray Coast Trail from Forres to Cullen, and the Dava Way, an inland route from Grantown to Forres. The Moray Coast Trail consists of 44 miles/71 km of beach walking, on coastal paths, quiet roads and old railways. Its views are across coves, beaches and skerries to the vastness of the Moray Firth and the North Sea. The Dava Way extends for 23 miles/38 km inland with vistas of mountain, moorland and farmland. We also explain the Moray Way, a route that combines most of the above two routes with part of the Speyside Way to form a 96-mile circuit of considerable beauty and historical interest.

The new edition features large-scale mapping (scale 1:40,000), several significant route updates and many fresh photos. We expect to release it in early March, and if you subscribe your email address you will be the first to hear when it’s available.

This book is in our lighter, more pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding instead of concealed wiro.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on and near the Moray Firth:

  • detailed description of the Moray Coast Trail from west to east, and Dava Way from south to north
  • summaries of distance, terrain and refreshments for each section
  • details of visitor attractions and side-trips
  • richly illustrated habitats and wildlife
  • planning information for travel by car, bus and plane
  • contacts for accommodation
  • maps showing both routes at 1:40,000
  • in full colour, with 80 photographs
  • rucksack-friendly and on rainproof paper.
Look inside

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To reduce loading time, resolution is limited in these extracts, but all photographs are printed at top quality in our books. All text and images are copyrighted ©Rucksack Readers and licensors: please respect our intellectual property.

From Part 1 (pp4-9)
Habitats and wildlife (pp21-25)
Dava to Dunphail (pp32-36)
Lossiemouth to Buckie (pp52-61)
  • Divie Viaduct near Edinkillie, Dava Way

    © Emma Smith

  • Dallas Dhu distillery near Forres, Dava Way

    © Sandra Bardwell

  • Common seal pups basking on Lossiemouth east beach, Moray Coast Trail

    © David Langan

  • Hopeman Sandstone near Cove Bay, Moray Coast Trail

    © David Langan

  • Cullen Bay with Seatown, the end of the Moray Coast Trail

    © David Langan

  • Bottlenose dolphins on the Moray Firth

    © Charlie Phillips Images

Divie Viaduct near Edinkillie, Dava Way

© Emma Smith


Excellent guide to waymarked ways in north-east Scotland

This walking guide is a delight for any rambler or walker. … A varied compilation of attractive photographs give the reader a sense of what the two main trails offer. Moreover, clear and detailed maps at difference scales give an overview … as well as detailed information on each section of the trail.

From Donal Finn's review in Irish Mountain Log no 98, Summer 2011 page 52

From a review in TGO magazine

The Moray Coast Trail is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets … the new guide also describes the Dava Way and the Moray Way, so it’s a real bargain at £10.99. As well as all the directional advice you’ll need … there is plenty of information on accommodation and transport, 1:80,000 maps and dozens of glorious photographs.

Cameron McNeish, tgo March page 66

From a review in Outdoor Focus

Everything about this publication proclaims its usefulness. Its size … allows it to slip easily into a cagoule pocket. The spiral binding permits it to be left open at an appropriate page. It is printed on waterproof material and so can survive hostile weather. The layout of its contents is both attractive and well thought out. … The book is illustrated by excellent, full-colour photographs throughout.

Anthony Toole in OF Winter 2010/2011, p2

Reviewed in the LDWA magazine Strider

The coast is generally unspoilt with fine beach and cliff scenery … A welcome companion to walking in a very attractive but unfrequented area of Scotland.

Ken Falconer in Strider December 2010

Ramblers mention "another gem from Rucksack Readers"

A spiral-bound map guide to the 70km/44-mile walking trail around the Moray coast from Forres to Cullen … Clear, colourful and another gem from Rucksack Readers.

Walk magazine, winter 2010, page 89

The Press and Journal, 14 September 2010

The Moray Coast Trail is a breathtaking and beautiful walk, and now there is the perfect guidebook to help you get the most out of every step. … [the Trail] follows the fulmar along the finest coastal scenery in Scotland … The author lives near Inverness and is a veteran guidebook writer for Rucksack Readers, Lonely Planet and Sunflower Books.

P&J Your Home page 24

Cameron McNeish writes

With its 44 miles of marvellous landscapes, from rugged cliffs, caves and sheltered coves to fishertown harbours and sweeping stretches of sand, this trail is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Combined with the inland Dava Way, you have a week’s walking as good as anywhere in Scotland. This superb guidebook makes the perfect companion to north-east Scotland’s finest long walks.

Bonus content

GPX route file

There have been four main changes in recent years:

  1. The Kineil Coaches 312 service (page 9) no longer operates but Moray Council’s “On demand” bus service works really well: phone 0300 123 4565 at least 24 hours in advance; you don’t need to be a Moray resident to use this service
  2. The closure of the level crossing near Benromach Distillery means that our preferred route out of Forres follows a shorter route passing Grant Park and Sueno’s Stone.
  3. The Lossie east beach footbridge was declared unsafe in 2019 and is due to be replaced in 2022 by a new bridge – perhaps closer to the town centre. Meantime walkers should follow the signed detour inland: click for a detailed detour map.
  4. The MOD has given up the Binn Hill firing range, but the site may be leased to another user. Should red flags be seen to fly on occasion, it means live ammunition is in use: do not proceed and detour inland. Check back here for any updates.

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