Walk: Fishy Findochty - on the dolphin trail
|[Coastal scenery on the approach to Portknockie]|
A reliable bus service makes this section of the Moray Coast Trail a hassle-free stroll, with plenty of opportunities for spotting marine life and seabirds amongst gorgeous coastal scenery. Findochty has a beautiful harbour as well as a general store, useful (although at the top of the village) for picking up an ice cream midway, to help with the longer second section of clifftops. If you fancy a longer walk, the next stretch of coastline via Bow Fiddle Rock to Cullen is just as worthwhile.
Name: Walk: Fishy Findochty - on the dolphin trail ★★★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Points of interest: Moray coastline; Findochty; Portknockie
Start: A942, east end of Portessie, G.R.: NJ 444666 ///hiking.sheds.ulterior. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Street parking on Bridge Street (A942), Portknockie, G.R.: NJ 490684 ///picnic.camcorder.balanced
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast road to the start (several times daily, but check times in advance).
Route: Start - Craig Head - Findochty - Tronach Head - Portknockie & finish
Terrain: Good coastal paths with a few rough sections, especially if you detour to various headlands.
Wildlife today: Large pod of dolphins swimming east around Tronach Head; lots of eider ducks, a few other seabirds.
Weather today: Warm sunshine and light winds, temperature in high teens.
Name: Findochty ★★★☆☆
Description: Picturesque fishing village with a harbour to match.
Location: G.R.: NJ 463680 ///doing.downs.stew
|[Coastal scenery around Tronach Head]|
Route credit: Moray Coast Trail (modified)