Walk: Clashach & Covesea's cliffs & caves
|[Looking back towards Hopeman near the walk start]|
Ahh, the Moray microclimate, so often sunny when it's raining elsewhere in Scotland! This is just one of the excellent coast walks along the Riviera of the North, packed full of interesting coastal features, seabirds and the opportunity to spot dolphins and seals. The Moray Coast Trail runs along low cliffs for the walk's middle section (with care, and favourable tides, you might be able to detour to Sculptor's Cave from here) before descending to the Lossiemouth's extensive West Beach. This sandy bay obviously looks best at low tide, so it's worth timing your walk to coincide with these... and the bus times (see below).
|[The approach along the beach to Covesea Lighthouse]|
Name: Walk: Clashach & Covesea's cliffs & caves ★★★☆☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 110 metres
Points of interest: Hopeman & harbour; Clashach Cove; Covesea stacks; Covesea Lighthouse; Lossiemouth West Beach; Lossiemouth
Start: Junction of B9040 & Harbour Street, Hopeman, G.R.: NJ 147693 / beauty directs grills. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: James Square, Lossiemouth, G.R.: NJ 236710 / lakeside greeting flipper
Transport to start / from finish: There are no direct buses between the start and the finish. Park in Elgin and take a bus to Hopeman (hourly except Sunday). Buses return to Elgin from Lossiemouth (hourly on Sundays, more frequent on other days). Check times in advance.
Route: Start & Hopeman - harbour - Clashach Cove - Covesea Quarry - Covesea stacks - Covesea Lighthouse - Lossiemouth West Beach - Lossiemouth, harbour & James Square.
Terrain: Clear, coast path on sand or dirt surface to Covesea Village; sandy beach beyond.
Wildlife today: Seabirds on the stacks, above the cliffs and on the beaches. This is also a good area for spotting dolphins.
Weather today: Dry and sunny with a moderate breeze on the beach.
>> see Lossiemouth beaches post for Lossiemouth West Beach ★★☆☆
|[Clashach Cove - well worth dropping down from the coast path to explore]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)