The southern part of Moray contains extensive areas of 'wild mountain country', the home of the red deer, ptarmigan, golden eagle and mountain hare. Here are located some of the highest mountains in Scotland (Munros and Corbetts) including Ben Macdhui, the second highest summit in Britain, a popular place for hill walking.
Whilst the public right of responsible access now established in Scotland allows horse riders and cyclists to explore the wild uplands, many of the featured routes are more suitable for walkers given the often rough and trackless nature of the terrain.
Routes have been specifically selected to give a range of experiences of Moray's environment from modest coastal hills to the towering Cairngorm mountains. Care has also been taken to ensure the inclusion of routes for those seeking more modest physical effort as well as more challenging options.
Ben Rinnes, lying at the heart of Moray, is the most popular mountain in the district and has an excellent path to the summit developed by the Friends of Ben Rinnes.
Use the links from this page to get some ideas on exploring wild upland areas of Moray... enjoy the views!
Remember general public access rights apply to all of the open mountain areas in Moray but this should be taken responsibly in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Respect the needs of other access users and those who make a living from the countryside. Stout footwear and waterproof clothing are essential as bad weather can occur at any time of year. Due to the remote nature of some of the terrain, prior knowledge of navigation skills is advised. The maps on this website are for reference purposes only. It is advised to carry an OS 1:50,000 (or larger scale) map and compass.