Looking for an escape from your busy lifestyle and in need of space to slow down, switch off and spend time in nature?
Moray Speyside is the perfect place to plan a break to enhance your wellbeing. Enjoy refreshing walks along the spectacular Moray coastline or explore one of the many waymarked trails.
Take relaxing woodland walks amidst stunning scenery, visit a beautiful walled garden, and look out for resident wildlife along the way.
For the ultimate in relaxation, stay in an enchanting natural hideaway or a glamping pod complete with hot tub.
Here are a few wellness ideas to add to your break in Moray Speyside…
Plan Your Escape
If you like what you see in our video, here’s a few ideas on how you can boost your wellbeing in Moray Speyside.
Experience a unique stay in an enchanting, handcrafted hobbit house in the foothills of Ben Rinnes. Relax and nourish your soul and fall asleep with magical views of the stars.
If you like your camping luxurious with your own BBQ house and a hot tub with a spectacular view, head to Hillside Hideaways where you’ll find four en-suite luxury glamping pods nestled in the beautiful Banffshire countryside.
Take a tour of The Ecovillage or take part in one of the many innovative workshops and events running throughout the year at this spiritual community and holistic learning centre.
Ballindalloch Castle & Gardens
Visit a warm and welcoming castle, and beloved family residence known as the “Pearl of the North” on the banks of the River Avon. Discover 500 years of fascinating family history and memorabilia, a fine collection of 17th century Spanish paintings, one of the finest country house libraries in all Scotland, and relax in the beautiful gardens or on a riverside walk.
Nestled within the stunning Spey Valley you’ll find Gordon Castle Estate where you can relax and unwind within an enchanting historic Walled Garden, enjoy some of the best fishing in the world on the River Spey that runs through the Estate and savour delicious fresh food from the garden in the Café. Spend the day or stay longer in the self-catering holiday cottages.
Take a free-guided tour of the five-star visitor centre at the original 223-year-old Elgin Johnstons Woollen Mill. Experience the production process and meet the talented craftspeople producing luxury pieces using traditional methods and techniques. Don’t miss the mill shop – you won’t leave empty handed.
Fill your lungs with the freshest air and enjoy a refreshing walk along Moray’s world-class coastline where dolphins swim and birds soar. Admire epic landscapes and rugged cliffs and explore quaint fishing towns and coastal communities.
Get outside and get moving on this 23-mile trail across the ancient Celtic province of Morayshire. The route follows the old Highland Railway line through farmland, woodland and moorland with stunning far-reaching views on a clear day.
Find rivers, mountains, moorland and forest paths on one of Scotland’s four official Long-Distance Routes that runs for 66 miles between Aviemore and Buckie, on the Moray Firth.
Enjoy a stroll through one of Moray’s many Forestry Commission woodlands where you can follow winding sandy paths, through forest and mossy clearings at the coastal sand dunes between Findhorn Bay and Nairn. A circular route suitable for all abilities.
Pop on your walking boots and enjoy a hill walk, or cycle one of the dedicated mountain bike trails at Ben Aigan. The summit rewards you with magnificent views over Speyside, south to Ben Rinnes, and over the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland.
Hike the highest freestanding mountain in Moray, classified as a Corbett, and feel exhilarated by the stunning views, waterfalls, rivers, and wildflowers – when in season. Reach the summit and on a clear day, you can see eight counties and the Moray coast.
Uncover the unique fishing history of the Moray Firth and follow in the footsteps of the Fishwives who distributed fish to the local community by foot with wicker baskets on their backs. ‘The Fishwives Path to Keith” celebrates their walk of approximately thirteen miles from Buckie to Keith, visiting farms and crofts along the way.
Explore the magnificent ruins of one of the most beautiful medieval buildings in Scotland dating back to the 13th Century. See for yourself why it earned the name the “Lantern of the North” and look out for Scotland’s tallest gravestone and stand by the stone bishop in the nave.
Escape from everyday life and visit Scotland’s oldest continuous independent museum, founded in 1836. The collections are housed in an Italianate-style Category A-listed building at the east end of Elgin High Street. See objects from all over the world from all periods of history and prehistory from the dinosaurs to the present day.
Discover a Cistercian abbey founded in 1150 by King David I and first colonised by monks from Melrose Abbey. The Abbey was once one of the largest and wealthiest religious houses in Scotland and has been visited by many royals, including Edward I, Edward III and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Go back in time and enjoy a ride on the most northerly heritage railway in Scotland, running for 11 miles from Dufftown railway station to Keith Town via Drummuir. Pass through some of Scotland’s most picturesque scenery dotted with castles and distilleries and alive with wildlife. You can join and alight at any of the three stations along the line.