Walk: Fishy Findochty - on the dolphin trail

Moray | Portessie | Half day walk | ★★★

[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.

[Findochty harbour]

📌 Walk: Fishy Findochty - on the dolphin trail ★★★
Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast road to the start (several times daily, but check times in advance). Start on Great Eastern Road (A942), east end of Portessie, G.R.: NJ 444666 ///hiking.sheds.ulterior. Finish at Bridge Street (A942) (street parking), Portknockie village centre, G.R.: NJ 490684 ///picnic.camcorder.balanced

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 180 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Moray coastline; Findochty ★★★; Portknockie
Terrain: Good coastal paths with a few rough sections, especially if you detour to various headlands.

Route & map

Start - Craig Head - Findochty - Tronach Head - Portknockie & finish

Route credit: Moray Coast Trail (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Large pod of dolphins swimming east around Tronach Head; lots of eider ducks, a few other seabirds.
Weather: Warm sunshine and light winds, temperature in high teens.

[Coastal scenery around Tronach Head]


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