The Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival 2017


This year's festival - Friday 16 June to Sunday 25 June 2017 - even more events. Take a look, booking is now open.

Last year, 92% of participants said they will be coming back again this year,  97% said that they either ‘loved’ or ‘enjoyed’ the Festival.

This years very special guest speaker is Steve Bate. Steve was a familiar face around Elgin and the local 'outdoor scene' for many years until misfortune demanded a change in direction. He has now completed a never repeated climbing first and is a double gold Paraplympic medal holder. Come and hear this rather special 'Local Hero'.

Born in 1977 Steve was brought up in New Zealand before moving to Elgin in adulthood and became a well kent-face in the area. On the 14th June 2011 he was delivered the devastating news “You have Retinitis Pigmentosa and worse case scenario is you will be blind in 5 years.” Steve was diagnosed visually impaired and lost his driver’s licence at the age of 34. A massive blown to anyone, the more so for an active adventurous outdoor lover. With the support of his wife Caroline and close friends he soon had his life back on track and was on a mission to prove nothing was going to stand in his way of living the adventurous lifestyle he intended for himself. more ….

                                  Early Booking Offer

Book before midnight on Wednesday 31 May and receive our Early Bird Offer of 15% discount (10% off bikes) voucher for purchases from Cotswold Outdoor and other AS Adventure Group stores and online, valid for one year from the date of the festival.

All events are lead by local enthusiasts who will be guiding two heritage walks who have selected a favourite walk or activity to share. This year special guest Professor John Barrett is leading local heritage walks. Why spend hours searching a map for a 'good day out' when we have spend years exploring and doing the job for you.

The long days of Midsummer are a great time to explore Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky coloured rivers and communities with stories to tell and culture to experience. Whether it’s a gentle amble or an outdoor challenge there’s something for everyone - wildlife and history strolls, watersports, wild swimming, family events, navigation skills, long distance walking and a film night!

Events running again this year include the Moray Way 5 Day Challenge which supports walkers as they attempt to complete the complete the 95 mile circular walk over 5 days, as well as the popular The Ghost Train overnight walk, Secrets of Pluscarden and A Paddle and a Plod. We also have new events including learning the history of Lochindorb with a wild swim, a film night with Moray Speyside Film Club and a chance to try a skiff boat with the Cullen Sea School.

For those looking for alternative entertainment the festival overlaps with the European Pipe Band Championships in Forres on Sat June 24th.

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Steve Bate before he became visually impaired
Secrets of Pluscarden - sampling apple juice at Pluscarden Abbey
Belles Bike To The Bay
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