Cove Bay-A Spectacular Destination on the Moray Coast

Get your hiking shoes on because today we are going somewhere SPECTACULAR! I am taking you to see Cove Bay along the Scottish coast in Moray.

Large algae covered rocks on the beach at Cove Bay.
Cove Bay in Scotland.

Cove Bay (also sometimes referred to as Primrose Bay) is located about 3.5 miles northwest of Duffus Castle and about a mile and a half east of Hopeman Beach. If you Google it, you want the Cove Bay that says ‘Hopeman/Elgin,’ not the one that is near Aberdeen – although I’m sure that is lovely too. This beautiful stretch of paradise lies along the Moray Firth, at about the point where the river begins to meet the North Sea.

Rocky sea cliffs and bright blue water at Cove Bay.
The sandy beach and the blue sea at Cove Bay.
Rocky sea cliff at Cove Bay.

Cove Bay is accessible via a coastal path from Hopeman; however, because Mr. C and I don’t do anything the easy way, we instead clambered down the cliffside to reach the beach. I’m not gonna lie, the climb down was a little precarious, as some of the natural, earthen ‘steps’ are quite steep. Well, tricky for some of us, I should say. Not for Mr. C. He’s some kind of gazelle, I think! But thorny gorse bushes and slippery sand aside, it was worth every single careful step I had to take. Cove Bay is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I absolutely didn’t want to leave.

A coastal rock formation and blue water in the background, and a purple flowering shrub in the foreground.
Rocks worn by the sea, bright green algae covered rocks, and the blue sea.

I’m going to keep it short and leave you now with a few more photos of this gorgeous place. I hope you enjoy them. Have a lovely weekend, friends.

A coastal rock formation.
The beach at Cove Bay.
Smooth rocks and a sea urchin in the water.
A coastal rock formation at Cove Bay.
Colored rocks that have been worn by the sea.
Bright green algae covered rocks.
A sea cave at Cove Bay.
Large flat rocks and smaller rocks that have been worn smooth by the sea.
Sea cave at Cove Bay.
Smooth water worn rocks on the beach at Cove Bay.
A coastal rock formation.
Rocks jutting out into the sea at Cove Bay.
A dog on the beach at Cove Bay.
Cove Bay in Scotland.


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