Completely Free Things to do in Moray, Speyside
The Speyside Way is a 65-mile long-distance walking trail near us in Mulben, meandering through picturesque landscapes. Starting in Buckie and ending in Aviemore, it showcases diverse scenery like coastal paths, lush farmlands, and the River Spey. This well-marked route takes hikers through charming villages and past renowned whisky distilleries, offering a taste of local culture. Of course, you don't need to complete it all. At Boat of Brig is the point that's nearest to us in Mulben. North goes towards Fochabers, and south goes toward Aberlour. Both are great walks, with good pubs waiting to refresh yourselves.
Bow Fiddle Rock is a striking natural sea arch located near Portknockie, 15 miles from us in Mulben. The very unusual arch makes for stunning photographs. I covered Bow Fiddle in the main things to do page, but it's worth covered here too. The waves crash through the open space, and some brave people swim through it. This is a hidden gem in Moray.
Speyside Cooperage is a fascinating visitor centre located in Craigellachie, about 5 miles from us. You can see highly skilled craftsmen shaping and repairing old oak barrels. There is a viewing gallery in which you get a real insight to see how the gurus do it. Well worth a visit.
There are some stunning beaches in Moray some real gems. Hopeman has wonderful sand and rock pools for the whole family to explore. Lossiemouth has a charming lighthouse with a secret tunnel underneath. Burghead has some brilliant birdwatching facilities along the beach with specially constructed huts, making sure not to upset the incredibly wide range of species found there.
The Ben Aigan Walk in Mulben, Moray, promises a delightful adventure for nature lovers and hikers. Ascend the gentle slopes of Ben Aigan, relishing panoramic views of the Spey Valley and surrounding countryside. There is some fabulous woodland within, and if you are fortunate, you may see a Capercallie. The paths are well marked, and it's part of the Speyside way. Ben Aigan is easy recognised because of it's enormous television masts.
Bird watching is an eye-opening experience for enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The region's diverse habitats, including coastal areas, woodlands, and wetlands, attract an array of bird species. Keep an eye out for ospreys, red kites, and waders along the coastline. Inland, you might spot golden eagles, red grouse, and various songbirds. Moray with birds is nature at its finest.
While many gardens in Speyside may charge an admission fee, you can still enjoy some beautiful free options. The gardens at Glenfiddich Distillery offer stunning surroundings. Explore the grounds of Ballindalloch Castle, featuring glamorous landscapes. The Macallan Estate is to be appreciated for its iconic architecture and natural beauty. These free garden visits provide a lovely way to immerse yourself in Speyside's charm—all free options.
There are many great drives in Moray. You don't need to look far to see some beautiful scenery, all from the comfort of your own car. The North Coast 500 is a little away from us in the Highland but is now world-renowned. The Moray Coast trial is closer to us in Mulben. It follows the meandering coastline and is stunning in parts.