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Burghead to Dunphail (Coastal Trail and Dava Way)

Date: Monday 18 June, 2018

Event leader: Peter Mitchell

Price: £15Meet time: 08:20

Estimated finish time: 17:00

Difficulty: Challenging

Distance: 21 miles (34km)

Ascent: 167m

Booking deadline: 17:00 Sunday 17 June, 2018


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Burghead to Dunphail (Coastal Trail and Dava Way)

A good day’s walk through some of Scotland finest scenery!

The idea is very simple, all you need to do is park your car at Dunphail at the end of today’s walk, from where you will be transported to the start of the walk. Then walk the 21 miles back to your car at your own pace along the way-marked paths as follows:

From the ancient Pictish Capital, Burghead, this varied walk follows the Moray Coastal Trail along the 7 mile sweep of Burghead Bay to the picturesque village of Findhorn (look out for the seals and ospreys). The views across the water to the Black Isle in the west to Caithness in the north are truely impressive. Look out for the Cromarty Suitors guarding the entrance to the Cromarty Firth with Ben Wyvis standing prominently in the background and the distinct, volcano like silhouette of Morven in the far north .

Findhorn Village has cafés and pubs a plenty, plus lots of watersports to watch while you enjoy your refreshments before you head inland towards Kinloss and the Royal Burgh of Forres. As you walk towards the town centre past the witches stone (set into the wall by the police station), the parklands of Grant park and Cluny Hill rise up to the left. At this point , a small deviation up to Nelson’s Tower at the top of Cluny Hill can be made for a majnificent view over the Moray Firth from a higher vantage point.

The Forres High Street has a selection of interesting historic buildings and the usual services, including the award winning Maclean’s Bakery, where a free hot drink awaits you with irresistible temptation of sampling their prized products. From the high street you walk SW to the outskirts of the town, to join the old Highland Railway line between Forres and Grantown, now known as the Dava Way. The route out of Forres passes the sanquhar loch and the Dallas Dhu Distillery visitor attraction. After the distillery the route rises steadily through a mixture of farmland and forestry to Dunphail. A free hot drink awaits you at the end of the day’s walk at the Edinkillie Vllage Hall, giving you the chance to blether with fellow walkers and the support team, before heading home for a good nights sleep for the next days walk between Dunphail and Cromdale , if you are doing the full Moray Way 5 Day Challenge?


Participating cafés will provide a free hot drink at Forres. No dogs on the bus please.

Please download and read the Information Pack before booking.


Walk start Point: Burghead Harbour car park, Grid Ref. NJ111689 (This is where our bus drops you off)

Distance: 21miles/33.5km

Duration: 7-9 hrs.

Difficulty: 5 (Challenging)

***This is also day 1 of the 95 mile Moray Way 5 Day Challenge***


Toilets available at: Edinkillie Village Hall, Burghead, Roseisle, Findhorn, Forres and Dallas Dhu Distillery.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at 8.30am at the Dunphail Breathing Place, Grid Ref. NJ015482 (7 miles South of Forres on the A940, next to the red roofed village hall & phone box) Post Code IV36 2QQ

Where to Meet - Map

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About the Provider

A little bit about The Dava Way Association.

In Autumn 1996 opening the route of the abandoned railway line between Grantown-on-Spey and Forres as a cycle and walk way was voted one of the top development ideas in a survey of households in Forres and the surrounding areas. The Dava Way Association came into being in June 1997 with the aim of establishing a walking and cycling path along the route.

Please go to the Dava Way web site for more information at

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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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.

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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