A Walk from Logie Steading to Randolph’s Leap

This is probably the most popular walk taken by visitors to Logie Steading. It’s a nice there-and-back, with some variation possible in the return route, a good length of walk – the kind where you feel you’ve stretched your legs just about enough to deserve that cake when you get back, but not so long you wish you brought one of those little backpacks with what my family used to call ’emergency rations’ (most ’emergencies’ involved tucking into the chocolate stash round about corner 3 of any given walk).*

Anyway, for those visitors deciding whether to bother with the leg stretch (it’s about 2 miles or so), I hope this post might tempt you as it really is an excellent walk with some scenery worthy of that overused word, ‘stunning’.

But first..

Where to start

The way-marked walks here generally start at the playpark opposite the steading arch, where there is a big signboard giving you a bit of information before you leave. There are also paper maps you can pick up in the gallery or bookshop for a small donation to the River Trust if you like to have something to carry with you. There are markers along the way to keep you right too.

studying the walks map at Logie Steading

Which way to go

Arguably the best route is to head on through the playpark, bearing left at the end of the grassy walk and following the crest of the hill with the trees to your right and glimpses of the river flashing between them below. You will soon come to the willow arch – it’s worth taking a look back through it at Logie Steading and Logie House behind you.

Logie house through the willow on a walk from Logie Steading: Logie House through the willow archHeading down to the river

Shortly after this you bear right down the hill to the river. If you keep right you’ll find yourself at the highpoint, the Lookout, where you can survey the river from on high in both directions. It’s a pretty dramatic spot. And a perfect place for a little dog to pose.

the Lookout dog walking along the River Findhorn from Logie Steading

If you were to turn right/downstream from here you would head towards Sluie and a whole other set of walks. But this time we’re headed to Randolph’s Leap so it’s a left turn to follow the river upstream. After a little way you can turn back to Logie Steading if you just wanted a short potter to see the river, but if you’d like to make the most of it keep straight on signed to Randolph’s Leap. waymarked walks from Logie Steading

The Junction of two Rivers

Next up is one of my favourite spots – the Junction. The larger river (on the right hand side of the photograph below) is the River Findhorn, and the river (on the left of the picture) that you are now about to follow upstream is the River Divie. This is where the two meet and the Findhorn changes quite dramatically in size.

the junction of the Rivers Findhorn and Divie near Logie Steading

If you go down to the woods today

The field on your left as you head upstream along the Divie is home to a group of the Logie Longhorns at various times of year. They’re often very happy to pose for a picture!

Logie Longhorn cattle posing for photos

Continue along the path until you come out onto the road with the bridge over the River Divie to your right. 
Logie Bridge over the RIver Divie

A Great Leap

Head over the bridge and on your right you’ll see a lay-by and a path downhill to your right towards the river (when you came over the bridge you put yourself between the two rivers and are now back looking at the River Findhorn). Follow this until you reach the signboard near the road’s edge which will direct you on the short walk from here to Randolph’s Leap. Here you will see the river below you is forced through a narrow gap where, hundreds of years ago, a local man lept across from the other (lower side). Quite a feat but one that probably seems more achievable when you’re being chased by a bunch of angry pike-wielders. Something of this tale can be read on the sign boards nearby, and a great deal more of the local (often quite bloody) history can be found out at the Heritage Centre back at Logie Steading.

Randolphs Leap

The Moray Floods and the Second Tallest Tree in Scotland!

Once you’ve had your fill of the dramatic scenes at Randolph’s Leap, if you head back towards the road (bearing slightly right of the way you arrived) you’ll see a little stone in a cage with some writing (almost obscured) carved into it. This is the point where the river waters reached in the floods of 1829. When you look back to the river from here (which you can’t actually see, in general, as it’s down in the gorge), the thought of that volume of water passing by your feet is quite terrifying. The noise alone must have been fearsome.

If you continue upstream a little way from here, you’ll see a small clearing down to your right and (the base of) an enormous tree. We’re told it’s the second tallest tree in Scotland! How do they know that?!

second tallest tree in Scotland!

Heading home

From here you can choose to extend your walk up the Findhorn to Daltullich Bridge, or turn back across the Dive Bridge and head for ‘home’. Once you’re over the Divie Bridge, head back along the path to your left a short way. You’ll come to a fork and can either go left, back the way you came, or right following the road a short way then cutting up (slightly left) through the trees and along the field back to the drive to Logie Steading. The tree lined and level drive is a pleasant, easy way to finish your walk. Well, that and perhaps a cake and a cuppa at The Olive Tree.

the drive at Logie Steading

A walk for all seasons

As you might have noticed, the selection of pictures were taken over many different times along this walk, in various seasons (mostly taken by me on my phone, one or two by Gary Murison – you’ll be able to tell which are which!). Rather than giving a picture of the walk just at one time of year, I hope to give an idea of the varied scene as you walk the same walk at different points in the year. In spring leaves are just starting to appear, days are longer and brighter and you’ll hear birds in the trees and may even see a Longhorn calf or two along the route. By summer the leaves on the trees are at their full opulence and it’s green and growth and colour everywhere. Autumn (possibly my favourite time to walk at Logie) brings a riot of brassy bronzes, yellows, ambers and reds both up above and under foot. In winter the deciduous trees are bare but you might find the drama of the river frozen right across, great icicles hanging from rocks or tree stumps along the path, or even a picturesque dusting of snow.


*I thought I should add that while this walk is not particularly long, and is particularly scenic, it is not suitable for wheels or for the infirm. There are steep, uneven paths and the edge of the river is unfenced. Please keep a close eye on children by the river. A short, more even-underfoot walk can be had either along the drive to the steading, or from the steading to and around Logie House Garden. Both of these are possible with a wheel or push chair.

Coronavirus Update

This is a blog post I first published in 2018 and this is now my second Coronavirus update. This walk remains as lovely as ever and we are currently allowed to welcome you to come out and enjoy it and the other walks around Logie Steading. There’s plenty of space to keep your social distance and the fresh air and beautiful views – and being surrounded by nature – does something good for your soul especially now in these tricky times. The cafe and shops are currently open but some have reduced opening hours and things have changed more than once since the pandemic began, and probably will do so again. Please look at our Coronavirus Information page or our social media for updates on that and at our opening hours if you want to come down to see a particular business rather than just the walks – you’ll find that here. We wish you all safe passage and the chance to still enjoy our beautiful surroundings. 

Jo Laing, 22nd October 2020.






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A Walk from Logie Steading to Randolph’s Leap

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at http://www.fnlft.org.uk/downloads/)
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.