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Limekiln Woods Circuit

Fri, 24 June 2022 @ 10:00 - 14:00


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This is a varied and motivating walk with a variety of trees and plant life using informal woodland paths high above the River Findhorn and gorge with dramatic views of the rushing water below.

Join enthusiastic walker Elaine Crowe for a varied and motivating walk of two halves, the first half takes us through Limekiln Woods and a section of the Findhorn River. There is a variety of wildlife to be seen and many varieties of trees and plant life to observe (the colours reflecting the time and season of the year). The informal and dramatic woodland paths high above the swirling waters of the River Findhorn and its gorge provide dramatic glimpses of the river below. The steep cliff edge is unprotected, but there are excellent views of the rushing waters below. The water is often dark brown, coloured by the peat of the Monadhliath Mountains where it rises and flows from.

We then continue onto Loch of Blairs which again has many varieties of trees and plant life. The Loch is approximately 11 hectares in area and sits in the north-western area of Altyre Estate, lying close to the town of Forres in Moray. Once used as a trout fishery by anglers in the area the availability of boat hire ceased around 15 years ago. The costs of ongoing maintenance became too high for The Moray Council and they ended their involvement with the loch in the early 2000s. As a result, the boathouse, bothy, stables and cart building fell into disrepair and the loch sat quietly in its surroundings becoming sadly neglected and overgrown with Rhododendrons, Phragmites Reeds and dense aquatic weeds.

However, The Friends of Blairs Loch (FBL) are a group of industrious volunteers who are working hard to restore the loch back to its former glory and to the community as an amenity for recreation and educational purposes. Although the work is ongoing the volunteers are working towards reopening the water at Loch of Blairs for trout fishing. Both the bothy and boathouse have been refurbished and a wonderful new outdoor learning venue has replaced the old stable and cart block.

In addition, the Rhododendrons and other tenacious plant life have been cleared to extend the footpath network around the loch and open up the panoramic views of the loch. The loch has been made even more appealing with the addition of three bird hides built by volunteers on the water’s edge, connecting bridges, benches and picnic tables. It remains a haven for birdlife and a popular walking venue for “those in the know”.

Event Details

Fri, 24 June 2022
10:00 - 14:00
£10.00 – £12.50
6 miles / 9.6 km
Moderate (info)
Elaine Crowe and Jenny Jordan
Sorry, dogs are not allowed
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All event proceeds go to charity The Friends of Blairs Loch (FBL) is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation and an agreed amount to The Moray Way Association.

The price of the ticket includes a coffee break and slice of cake at the bothy or outdoor learning venue at Loch of Blairs.

Toilets at the bothy site will be available for use on the day.

Terrain – apart from one steep section which soon flattens out above the gorge and a short section along the edge of a field, the rest of the terrain is easy-going on informal woodland paths. However, care should be taken when walking on the informal paths above the gorge, the edge of the field and when walking around the loch as exposed roots left over from clearing the Rhododendrons can be a trip hazard. In addition, there are two stiles to negotiate and care is also needed when crossing the road that links the Findhorn River section of the walk with Loch of Blairs. Please note that sections of the walk can become muddy after rain. The walk including stops is approximately 3.5 – 4.00 hours.

The environment that we are walking in has the potential for changing weather so please bring along appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. If you have walking poles please bring them along. Although we will be stopping for refreshments at Loch of Blairs bring along a drink and snack of your choice just in case you need one during the walk.

Bring along Binoculars for viewing the wildlife.

The walk is not suitable for dogs or young children.


Elaine Crowe
07519 785290

Venue / Start

Meet at GR 019559
Forres,United Kingdom

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Meet at GR 019559

This walk will start and finish at the same point. Follow the A940 Grantown Road leading out of Forres and just short of a mile at the Brown Tourist sign for Dallas Dhu Distillery turn left onto an unnamed road and immediately after turning you will find a small parking area on your left-hand side. It’s easy to miss the turn so someone will be standing by said turn off on the day.

Please arrive at the start point at 9.40 am so any potential parking issues can be sorted out before the event begins at 10.00 am.