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Garmouth: The Lein and Bin Hill



PATH NAME:

Garmouth: The Lein and Bin Hill

LOCAL SETTLEMENT(S):

Garmouth

INTRODUCTION:

The Lein is the name given to this area of massive shingle beaches the largest in Scotland that run west of the mouth of the River Spey. They are part of a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve and offer good dolphin-spotting. Ospreys also fish the river mouth in summer.

THE ROUTE AND FEATURES OF INTEREST:

Drive along the coast, through Kingston-on-Spey and park in the car park on the right hand side of the road, there are height restrictive barriers in place so take care if you have a 4x4 vehicle.
The Lein and Bin Hill paths are part of the much longer Moray Coast trail.
The start of this 2.5 mile circular path winds through the Scottish Wildlife Trusts Nature Reserve which contains many habitats, from bare shingle to coastal grasslands, brackish saltmarsh and wet woodland.
The path takes you round a military firing range and we caution that there are signs present warning that if there are red flags raised then path users must not proceed near the range.
These paths offer you the option to follow just the lower paths or you can lengthen the route by choosing to climb the Bin Hill to the viewpoint to experience the stunning views out over Kingston and the Moray Firth.


SIGNAGE:

Fully Signed

WALK GRADE:

Moderate
An undulating path of between one and four miles, which may have a few short steep sections and/or varying surfaces.

HEALTH WALK:

Intermediate/2nd Level:
Walks of less than 2 miles (up to 45 minutes). Some have slight inclines and may be a little rougher underfoot. Some are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, but may require more care.

MILEAGE:

2.5 Miles

ESTIMATED WALKING TIME:

00 Day(s)  01 Hour(s)  30 Minute(s)

HEIGHT CLIMBED AND DEGREE OF SLOPE:

If you choose to climb to the top of the Bin Hill the path is steep.

BARRIERS:

There are height restrictive barriers in place at the car park and the start of the path. If red flags are raised at the rifle range path users must not proceed into this area.

TERRAIN:

Generally good level shingle and earth paths though some sections may be undulating and slippery in the wet. The section to the Bin Hill is steep.

USERS:

All non motorised users have a right of access to use this route under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Suitable for most abilities of walkers.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Access

You now have a 'right of access' to all the paths featured. You are required to act responsibly in accordance with the new Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC). Know the code before you go! To acknowledge landowners and farmers co-operation in making these walks possible leave the area as you find it, respect property and take care to stay away from farming and timber operations. Please keep dogs under control at all times and on a lead near livestock. Note: Please do not pick wild flowers, this is a criminal offence.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Useful Contacts

Moray Council Outdoor Access Manager, Ian Douglas - Tel. 01343 557049
Traveline Public Transport Info 0870 608 2608

OTHER INFORMATION: Useful downloads

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