skip to Main Content

Along the Way - Burghead to Hopeman

Date: Saturday 16 June, 2018

Event leader: Margot Henderson for Moray Way Association

Price: £5.00 - £8.00Meet time: 14:00

Estimated finish time: 16:00

Difficulty: Easy PlusGroup size: 12

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Please note: There will be lots of stops on this walk.

Booking deadline: 0:00 Friday 15 June, 2018


Booking Deadline has passed

Along the Way - Burghead to Hopeman

Along the Way – part of the Walking History project

Along the Moray Way, the coast is bright and clear

Stories sounding on the waves, echo down the years

Along the Moray Way as we walk along the shore

We are walking in the footsteps of those who went before

Romans and Vikings, Mormaers and Picts

Fisher Quines and Travellers, Farmers and Activists

Along the Moray Way is a treasure kist

Full of nature’s wonders and we’re all part of this

Join poet and storyteller Margot Henderson on a walk from Burghead to Hopeman in the footsteps of Vikings and Fisher Quines, Romans, Picts and Activists.

In the spirit of the travellers, ‘the summer walkers’ where stories are sourced from the place itself and the people who live there, where the rhythm of the stories is also the rhythm of our steps, walking the land. Sharing the walks and the stories brings a deeper sense of belonging in community, history and place and helps to put Moray on the map as a natural and cultural resource.

You can also join Margot Henderson and  Jim Hall on ‘Along the Way’ walk from Covesea to Hopeman on Saturday 23 June.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at Hopeman East Beach car park. Nearest Postcode IV30 5RX. From Elgin, Follow A96 west out of Elgin and take the B9013 on your right about 6miles. Follow this road until just before Burghead when you should turn left along the coast on the B9040. Continue on this road until you reach Hopeman and then turn left onto Harbour St. Follow this road to the bottom and take the last right and follow this road until you see the car park in front of the beach.

Then we will take you by transport the start of the walk.

Where to Meet - Map

Use the zoom controls to view the meeting place in more detail,

About the Provider

The Moray Way Association was founded in 2011 with the aim of creating Moray’s long distance walking route, The Moray Way, a 100 mile circular walking trail. Since 2012 the organisation has also organised the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival with the purpose of encouraging walking and other outdoor pursuits in Moray.

The Moray Way Association is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), Scottish Charity number SC047381.

Last year, the organisation worked with storytellers Margot Henderson and Ben Hinnie and local history writer Norman Thomson on a storytelling project along the Moray Way, called Walking History, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery. This event showcases some of this work.

Margot is a Community Artist, whose work over the last 30 years, encourages creative self expression, explores roots and heritage, and connection to place, developing community and generating a sense of belonging. Much of her work is environmental, site specific, participatory and intergenerational.  Sharing stories is a wonderful way to bring people together, to share and value their experience, to develop a sense of their lives in context, to nurture a sense of empathy with others and a sense of belonging to community, history and place.

Jim has been living and regularly walking on this section of the Moray Coast for over 10 years. He has a background in teaching and is a trained walking guide. The stunning sandstone cliffs between Covesea and Hopeman have a fascinating geological history and are home nesting fulmars, kittiwakes and cormorants amongst others. The walk of about 4 miles is on a well maintained footpath requiring moderate fitness and will afford many views of the cliff scenery and access to beaches and caves on the route.

Money raised from this event will support the development of the Moray Way and the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival.

If you need to contact the provider of this event please use this email:

Event Grading System

This is intended as a rough indication only. Every effort has been made to make the level of activity and physical effort involved as clear as possible within the event description. If in doubt contact the event provider.

  • Easy:    A gentle activity over level easy terrain (or equivalent) lasting up to 2 hours. All ages and abilities welcome; time to stop, chat and stare.
  • Easy+:    An activity over generally easy terrain (or equivalent). Likely to include some slight inclines or similar extra effort. Usually lasting up to 3 hours with rests, etc.
  • Moderate:    A more varied activity and/or varied terrain (or equivalent), involving some extra effort for part of it. Typically a short day activity.
  • Moderate+:    Typically a full day activity over varied terrain (or equivalent) requiring stamina and/or more sustained effort. Short breaks for refreshments, lunch, etc
  • Challenging:    A range of activities with something ‘special’ that will appeal to the more experienced outdoor person. See event entry for details.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Online Booking and Payment

The Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival is run by the Moray Way Association and sells tickets on behalf of event providers unless otherwise specified. This means that the final contract for your purchase will be between you and the event provider.

Your Order

When you place an order you will automatically receive an email from us. Your order constitutes an offer made to us to purchase the services specified in the order.
When payment is received you will receive a further email confirming acceptance of your offer. It is your responsibility to check that the confirmation issued to you is accurate.


We accept payment through PayPal, a well-known, trusted, and secure way to make payments over the Internet. Payment can be made using any major credit or debit card, or direct from a Paypal account.

Refunds – Customer cancellation

Refunds can be claimed for bookings cancelled before May 31. After May 31 refunds will only be made if the places are resold as by then arrangements for events are in place. In all instances we reserve the right to levy an administrative charge of £1.

Refunds – Provider cancellation

Refunds will be provided in full for any events cancelled by providers. We are unable to provide any reimbursement or refund for any accommodation or transport booked if circumstances require an event to be cancelled.

Changes to the programme

In the event of circumstances beyond our control, we reserve the right to alter the programme and events.

Basis of participation

The organisers of the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival recognise that outdoor activities carry a risk of personal injury dependent in part upon the skills of participants and prevailing weather conditions, both outwith the control of the organisers. Those taking part do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own actions and safety. In broad terms, the basis of participation is similar to that of individuals joining in club activities.

A key difference is that many events are led and take participants on unfamiliar routes. On led events, the event leader is responsible for route finding. A minority of events, usually offered by commercial providers, use fully trained instructors who have an additional responsibility for the overall safety of participants. If in doubt contact the provider.

Descriptions of events

Every effort is made to ensure that all events are described accurately and fairly to allow participants to make informed decisions. Ultimately event descriptions on this site are the responsibility of each event provider and the officers of The Moray Way Association cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If there is uncertainty over what participation in any event entails then enquiries should be made to seek clarification.

Suitability of events

The safety and enjoyment of individuals on any event is largely dependent upon the fitness, skills and health of each individual. It is expected that participants use the information provided to choose suitable events, and do not undertake any event, or challenge within an event, that is beyond their capability.
In the unlikely circumstance that on the day of the event the leader has good grounds to doubt the suitability of their event for any individual, then they have the right to refuse admission without refund.

Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Young people (under 16yrs) and vulnerable adults are welcome on appropriate events but must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. The accompanying adult is best placed to judge the capability of their charge and has the full responsibility both for judging the suitability of the event for that young person or vulnerable adult and for their actions during the event.


In general dogs are welcome on walks, providing dog owners act responsibly in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and ensure that dogs are kept under close control in the vicinity of livestock and in rural areas. The decision on whether dogs are welcome on individual events is the prerogative of the event provider, especially where transport is part of the event. If there is any doubt please contact the event provider before booking the event.

Updated February 2018