A Barefoot Walk From Findhorn to Burghead.

The Moray Coastal Route from Findhorn to Burghead follows a path adjacent to the beach, however, the lure of the sand and sea makes a walk along the beach an excellent option. I had planned an early start as I did not want to walk against the tide. My reward was atmospheric dawn where the …

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Bathtubs and Bio-energy on the Spey

My next walk began at the old Aberlour railway station, also known as the Speyside Visitors Centre. I wandered past the play park, and on my right, I saw a bathtub in a field. This was my first sighting of many bathtubs that I noticed, on the way to Carron. It’s not an unusual thing to …

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Boat o’ Brig: Can you cross by boat or bridge?

A good question, but the name Boat o’ Brig is not a contradiction. In the past, there have been a few bridges here. These bridges were destroyed, replaced by boats that ferried travellers between riverbanks, and new bridges were re-built. There are two bridges at Boat o’ Brig, a road bridge and a railway bridge …

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Burghead: The Braith of the Sea

Burghead is named after the old Norse word ‘borg’ and it’s a fort on a rocky seaward peninsulaI. I walked from the west beach around the town and to me, the place felt a bit of a mystery. For example, the west side was calm, quiet and sheltered from the wind. Yet, the town juts …

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Covesea’s Northern Light of the Night

I saw the white tower of the Covesea Lighthouse stand high against a grey sky. I slowly walked towards the tower and listen to the blustery wind and the sound of crashing waves. Each gust seems to cry freedom in a chorus of light rain. I had a pre-arranged visit to the lighthouse and I …

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Hidden on the Hopeman Ridge

Walking is a repetitive movement that creates a natural rhythm. So, when I walk, I feel my heartbeat and the pace of my footsteps upon gravel and grass. I listen to my body breathe in and out. I hear the wind howls above the cliff path and sea birds shrieking in the rain. The repetition …

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Lossiemouth and its Halyard Symphony

Heading towards Lossiemouth, I wandered down a sandy path to the beach. The wind had picked up slightly and, the sand shifted in sheets along the bay. I saw a wrecked boat at the foot of the rocks and wondered, where had it set sail? I imagined a lively lady with a wild tale to …

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Ospreys and Pirates

26 July 2021 I had a pleasant drive up the A9, making one short stop at the Grantown Museum to see an exhibition about the Dava Moor, before making my way towards Elgin. After settling in at my accommodation, I wanted space to think about my 100mile Journey along the Moray Way. I had heard that …

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Searching for the Ancient Lichens of Moray

I like to walk slowly and observe the tiniest detail. This allows me to see amazing scenery and many unexpected sighting of wildlife along the Moray Coast. I listen to my steps upon the earth and I often get distracted. However, this distraction has got a lot worse since I met a lovely lady from …

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Sounds of the ‘Lossie’ Staycation

Every town has its unique acoustic environment and this sound changes depending on the time of day. During the summer, I spent some time recording the sound of Lossiemouth. The recordings were collected during the long summer days and seemed to capture the post-pandemic phenomena of the staycation. The town was busy with a mix …

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The Aroma of the River Spey

The sky was bright, but it was a cold and damp day when I decided to walk the path from Craigellachie to Aberlour. This is an easy walk, around 4-miles there and back (it’s also suitable for bikes as it follows the old railway line). I walked passed the historic Telford Bridge on my right …

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The Curious Tales at Charleston of Aberlour

Tales o Fowk & Water Beasties is a soundwalk and storytelling event. It shares the myths and legends surrounding the historic town of Charleston of Aberlour. The event invited people to listen to local stories on headsets during a slow-guided walk. The walk followed a circular route that drifted between the Parish Church and the …

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The Journey to the Sea Arch at Clashach Cove

My walk from Hopeman to Clashach Cove, also known as Primrose Bay, was to explore the cliffs and caves. So following the National Trusts advice, I had decided to explore the caves with a responsible adult (my dad) and an extra adult who insisted that they were needed to look after my responsible adult (they …

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The Lure of Ben Rinnes

If you walk near Aberlour, you can’t miss the dark hills of Ben Rinnes looming in the distance. Everytime, I glanced in its direction, I longed to be standing on the top. Why walk up hills? A question I asked myself when I was at the foot of Ben Rinnes. Surrounded by bright blue skies, …

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The Sound of Findhorn Bay’s Banshee

My next stop along the Moray Coast was the sheltered estuary of Findhorn Bay. I seemed to be the only person walking along the bay, and I thought it was a peaceful place to stop. Yet, the longer I sat and listened, the noisier it got. The distant sound of the sea and the wind …

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The Sound of the Speyside Cooperage

Speyside is more than its river valley. It is a community. So, I decided to visit the Speyside Cooperage near Craigellachie, to find out more. It’s a slight detour from the Speyside Way, but it was well worth visiting. I was mesmerised by the cooper’s craft and how fast they work, but I was also …

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The Strange Lands of the Spey

Our walk began at Inchberry (Orton), and I had a friend’s company who kindly offered to be my guide. (Thank you!) This walk is a slight detour from the Moray Way, but I was curious to see the River Spey from the other side. It was bitterly cold as we walked past glamping pods at …

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Think And Walk…

I walked through the busy little village of Fochabers, following the signs for the Speyside Way. As I navigate through Fochaberian residential areas, I seem to have moved away from the east side of the riverbank, but all the signs suggest that I’m on the right path. This gave me time to think about walking, …

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Walk and Wonder at Kinloss Abbey

Walking towards Findhorn, I saw a sign for Kinloss Abbey and wondered, did it have a graveyard? Curiously, I headed in that direction. Within the Abbey grounds was an information board discussing the history and architectural design. It revealed its story of a place founded in 1150 by King David I and colonised by Cistercian …

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Walk On A Good Path

The path between east Burghead to Hopeman follows the old coastal railway track. The well- maintained route has a flat levelled surface making it accessible to all. The people come and go from both directions as it’s used regularly by both villages. The main hazard on the route for me, was being frightened by bicycle …

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