Tucked away on the north-east coast of Scotland between Inverness and Aberdeen, and just outside the well-trodden North Coast 500 tourism trail, the region of Moray is perhaps less heralded among the thousands who head to the north of the country each year.
For many, however, that’s exactly the reason to visit, to avoid the UK’s staycation crowd and explore the unique terrain of this underrated Scottish gem. Specifically, the gravelly delights of the Moray Coast Trail, which we’d come to explore by bike.
To get there, we travelled, along with what seemed like half the planet, up the A9, peeling off northeast towards Elgin when we got to Aviemore, with the majority carrying on northwest to Inverness.
The silence that hit us not long after gave the impression we’d taken a wrong turn, though as we travelled through the famed Speyside whisky region, we realised that many tourists may well have been preoccupied with matters other than driving.
From Elgin, we headed on north towards the coast and reached the starting point for our ride, which was the town of Lossiemouth, often referred to as ‘the jewel of the Moray Firth’, complete with two beautiful sandy beaches. Collective knowledge
The 50-mile Moray Coast Trail is a smaller part of the larger 100-mile Moray Way, a long-distance path popular with walkers and a shiny object in the new world of gravel riding .
We’d have to leave the latter for a return visit, but for today we were fully focused on the Coast Trail […]