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Photograph Courtesy of Charlie Phillips

Recreation & Tourism

The Moray Firth provides a wide range of opportunities for coastal and marine based recreation and leisure activities, from cycle and walking routes, sailing clubs and commercial tourism activities.

Tourism in the area is supported by Visit Scotland and the Scottish Tourism Alliance. On a more local level various destination organisations such as Visit Moray Speyside promote individual areas and businesses

MFCP support the development of coastal pathways including the John o' Groats Trail, details below:

The John o' Groats Trail – Coastal Walking Route from Inverness to John o' Groats (jogt.org.uk)

Our vision is that tourism and other recreational use of the Moray Firth is sustainably managed, encouraging access and responsible enjoyment, adhering to codes of practice where applicable for example the work done in respect of protecting our Bottlenose Dolphins in the inner Moray Firth underpinned by the Dolphin Space Programme.

What we will do

We will engage with the recreation and leisure sectors to promote the sustainable use of the Moray Firth, and to encourage businesses, individuals, and organisations to protect the natural environment, providing sustainable solutions as required.

How we will know we have achieved our vision

Tourism & other recreational use of the Firth is sustainably managed, encouraging access and responsible enjoyment, adhering to codes of practise where applicable, to retain our status as one of the top visitor destinations in the world.