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Background to the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival

Some of the festival organisers at Findhorn seafront

Some of the festival organisers at Findhorn seafront

The Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival is the brainchild of the Moray Way Association. It started in 2011 as The Moray Walking Festival and was a very small affair with a few walks spread over 3 days. It was originally envisaged as a means of promoting The Moray Way, a newly established 100mile circular trail.

However it was always apparent that this was too limited an ambition, and certainly did not do justice to the outdoor opportunities within Moray. By 2014 the festival had already expanded to include much more than walking and now covered 6 days. The name was changed to the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival.

By 2018 there were 58 events spread over 10 days. Walks vary from very gentle strolls to challenging endurance evnts. Other activities vary from year to year but recently have included cycling, kayaking, skiff rowing, surfing, birdwalking, storytelling, hill skills, bushcraft, white water rafting, wild swimming, heritage events and wild life watching and indoor talks. It is now one of Scotland’s premier Outdoor Activity Festivals. Anyone looking for active things to do outdoors is likely to find something to suit their interests here in Moray.

Learning about WWII sea defences behind Lossiemouth beach

Learning about WWII sea defences behind Lossiemouth beach

Unlike many other festivals, this outdoor festival is not run by a local authority, park authority or tourist organisation; the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival is organised by a small group of volunteers supported by a professional organiser, numerous local event providers and yet more volunteers. Some providers are commercial outdoor activity organisations or Government agencies such as the Forestry Commission and the Crown Estate; most are local voluntary organisations eager to demonstrate why Moray is special.

To join in the festival simply choose and book your events here on this website. Moray is a relatively small geographic area; even so the range of events means that there is not a single meeting place. Detailed information of where to meet and anything special you need to bring along is provided under each event.

Enjoy exploring!