Moray Scotland

Findhorn Gorge

The river Findhorn tumbles down from the Monadhliath mountains through a rocky gorge, lined with forest. I feel a wild, elemental, energy here.

The river Findhorn tumbles down from the Monadhliath mountains funnelling through rocky gorges, lined with dense forest. There is a real magical quality here – as soon as I’m in the area I feel the shift in energy. I feel a vibrancy here which is sadly lacking in many places in Scotland.

The river is naturally dark-coloured from the peat in the headwaters, looking rather like Guinness, but is very clean. There are public paths in several places, though care must be taken as the edges are often unprotected, and the going can be steep and rough in places.

Photo showing the Findhorn river at Randolph's leap, in autumn colours

My favourite spot is at Randolph’s Leap – supposedly where a fleeing soldier leapt the chasm to escape his pursuers. The midstream rocks here are a photographer’s delight, as the river cascades through the contoured shapes. The paths here are easy and relatively well-maintained, with a good cafe nearby at Logie Steading.

photo showing the river Findhorn cascading through large boulders at Randolph's leap, Moray, Scotland

I have been here in many weathers: a spring morning, in perfect sunshine after a cold start – the Beech wood around the eastern bank was a delight as sunlight sparkled through the fresh lime-green leaves; in autumn colour; in winter with frost lacing the rocks. This can be a place of wild, elemental energy, too.

Further links:
Walking routes in the Forres area
Randolph’s Leap from Logie Steading

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *