A Scottish destination has been branded a ‘nice alternative’ to Cornwall with fewer tourists and rising temperatures.
The Moray Coast Trail, stretching from Forres to Cullen, offers visitors varied scenery and wildlife.
On the coast there are imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and rare plants.
And the more adventurous can enjoy the best of the Scottish countryside without the hustle and bustle associated with other places.
Temperatures are also rising in north-east Scotland, east of Inverness and along the coast – the Moray coast is even warmer than Cornwall.
Trail highlights include the Tugnet Ice House and Findhorn Heritage Centre, attractive villages with beach huts, lighthouses and railway heritage, and the Burghead Visitor Centre.
Findhorn has recently received recognition for its seven miles of white sandy beaches that stretch along the coast of north east Scotland.
As well as superb sunning, picnic and swimming spots, it offers scenic walks and the opportunity to see dolphins, porpoises, seals, osprey and white-tailed eagles.
Robin McKelvie narrated The Telegraph: “The beaches are also quieter than in Cornwall. And they are plentiful all over the coast. Findhorn Beach — which sprawls alongside a hippie commune-turned-alternative-housing hub — serves as a microcosm.”
“Just follow the seabird down the River Findhorn to its rendezvous on the Moray Firth. A colony of seals lines the banks of the river as you work your way through the dunes to the row of brightly painted wooden beach huts that stand stoically on the sand. “
“In summer it’s a delight, with miles of clean beaches and plenty of space for everyone. You can walk to Burghead 12 miles away and enjoy white sand tickling your toes all the way.”
He adds: “Like Cornwall, surfing is popular. You can learn in Lossiemouth at New Wave Surf School or just rent a board and hit the surf on your own.”
“And often you are wonderfully alone on the road. Golf is another draw, with excellent links along the coast.”
There is an extensive range of guest houses, B&Bs and hotels along the Moray coast.
There are also caravan sites in Findhorn, Hopeman, Burghead, Lossiemouth, Buckie, Findochty and Cullen.
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