Spey Bay

Spey Bay is a beautiful coastal reserve with the largest shingle beach in Scotland. Constant changes caused by the river create a succession of habitats, from bare shingle to coastal grasslands, brackish saltmarsh and wet woodland.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Large numbers of wildfowl offshore
  • Wildflowers & butterflies
  • Breeding terns at river mouth

Best time to visit?

  • Spring to summer for butterflies
  • Winter for ducks and divers
  • All year for dolphins

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery
  • mammals
  • archaeology

Other information

In summer, breeding terns fill the skies and bottlenose dolphins are regularly spotted at the mouth of the estuary.

There is an enjoyable 2.5-mile circular walk which leads along the coast and back through the woodland and grassland.

The Speyside Way and the National Cycle Network pass close to the reserve.


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How to get there


Spey Bay lies 8 miles north east of Elgin, at the end of the B9015 (Kingston) or the B9014 (Tugnet).

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Getting onto the reserve

Access can be gained from the car parks at Tugnet or Kingston.

Access restrictions

The track is unsurfaced but the walk is relatively flat.

Nearest town
Elgin (9 mi / 14.5 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


About Spey Bay

Out & about

Nearby reserves
TalichGight WoodBelmaduthy Dam

Local group
North of Scotland

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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