Walk: Clashach & Covesea's cliffs & caves

Moray | Hopeman | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Clashach & Covesea's cliffs & caves ★★★
This is a linear walk with no direct transport between the start and finish. Park in Elgin and take a bus to the start in Hopeman (hourly except Sunday). Buses return from the finish in Lossiemouth to Elgin (at least hourly). Check times in advance. Start / finish at junction of Fosyth Street (B9040) & Harbour Street, Hopeman village centre, G.R.: NJ 147693 ///beauty.directs.grills. Finish at James Square (B9040), Lossiemouth village centre, G.R.: NJ 236710 ///lakeside.greeting.flipper

▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 110 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Hopeman & harbour; Clashach Cove; Covesea stacks; Covesea Lighthouse; Lossiemouth West Beach ★★★; Lossiemouth
Terrain: Clear coast path on sand or dirt surface to Covesea Village; sandy beach beyond.

Route & map

Start & Hopeman - harbour - Clashach Cove - Covesea Quarry - Covesea stacks - Covesea Lighthouse - Lossiemouth West Beach - Lossiemouth, harbour & finish

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Seabirds on the stacks, above the cliffs and on the beaches. This is also a good area for spotting dolphins.
Weather: Dry and sunny with a moderate breeze on the beach.

[Clashach Cove - well worth dropping down from the coast path to explore]


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