Speyside has plenty of great ‘kid-friendly’ outdoor activities for your family to enjoy. There are mountain biking trails at the Glenlivet Estate and the world famous “Monster” range of trails at nearby Fochabers. Bikes for all the family can be hired via the Estate Office. There is a fantastic eco-friendly adventure park at Landmark, dolphin spotting at Spey Bay and boats trips out into the Moray Firth to name just a few. And do not forget the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches along the Moray Coast where you will discover lovely seaside villages like Findhorn, Portknockie, Lossiemouth and Cullen.
This area of the Scottish Highlands is also a ramblers paradise and Orton Holiday Cottages is happy to provide you with experienced guides to help you fully explore the coastal paths, woodland trails and hillside climbs that criss-cross the region. There are a number of quiet farm and riverside trails around the Orton Estate. For the more energetic there are the rugged cliffs, caves, sheltered coves and sweeping sandy beaches along the fifty mile Moray Coastal Trail. Head inland along the Speyside Way, skirting the river along the course of the old North of Scotland Railway Line, lush woodland and pastures giving way to open moorlands and a vista of mountains, amongst them, in the near distance, Ben Rinnes, the ‘Mountain of Moray’. On your travels you will come across many examples of the varied and abundant wildlife that can be found on Speyside. You don’t have to look far to see some fabulous resident and migratory birds as well as animals on land and in the seas and rivers.
Speyside and the wider Highlands are also a haven for watersports adventurers. Surging mountain burns, sheltered inland lochs, fast flowing rivers, fjord-like sea-lochs and bays all provide the perfect ingredients for adventure on the water. A number of local organisations run watersports such as white-water rafting and canoeing and Orton Holliday Cottages can build these activities into your personal itinerary.
There are excellent riding and trekking facilities just five minutes up the road at Cranloch Riding Centre. They have ponies to suit all ages and abilities with highly professional tuition if required. Otherwise you can trek on the trails through the woods. There are other riding stables also near by which offer year round facilities and our Estate Office can help you with this.
Ace Adventure Multi-Activity Centre: www.aceadventures.co.uk
Dava Way: www.davaway.org.uk
Findhorn Marina Activity Centre: www.findhornmarina.com
Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trails: www.glenlivetestate.co.uk
Isla Way: www.walkhighlands.co.uk
Landmark Forest Adventure Park: www.landmarkpark.co.uk
Moray Coastal Trail: www.morayways.org.uk
Moray Monster Trails: www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk
North 58° Sea Adventure: www.north58.co.uk
Speyside Way: www.speysideway.org
The Loft: www.eastgrange.co.uk
WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre: www.wdcs.org
RSPB Troup Head: www.rspb.org.uk
RSPB Ospreys at Loch Garten: www,raspb.org.uk