Walk the Anti-Invasion Line to Garmouth.

It was an early start to my walk, as I wanted to cross onto Lossiemouth’s east beach at low tide and walk along the coast towards Garmouth. I walked down to the old bridge at Seatown as I had seen people crossing there before and assumed it was not that deep. I rolled up my trousers to the knees, swapped my trainers for water shoes, and crossed the water to a deserted glistening beach. In the back of my mind, I worried about getting stuck in muddy sand, but the seabed felt firm underfoot. I slowly walked as the water got deeper. It rose well past my rolled-up trousers as I had misjudged the water depth, but I continued and waded to the other side.

Please note: The East Beach bridge is closed on health and safety grounds, preventing all pedestrian access to the beach unless you cross at low tide. For a map of a diffrent path please click on ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

The forecast had predicted a storm later that day and, I was keen to cover as much ground as I could before the rain. The sun was high with golden light and, miles of beach lay ahead. Making good time, I glanced back at the path I had walked as a dark storm loomed above Lossiemouth. I did wonder how long I could outwalk a storm. The race was on.


A guid plash o’ rain

In the distance, a never-ending line of WW2 Anti-tank blocks lay ahead. The beach felt cold and gloomy. The atmosphere was perfect, for, at that moment, I saw each block as a stubborn determination to defend. For me, the rain, the cold, and the concrete represented the loss, the pain, and the suffering of war.

Anti-tank blocks

The rain was relentless, so I took up shelter in one of the abandoned WW2 buildings. Graffiti covered most of the walls, and I stayed there until the storm passed. I quietly walked around the space as if I was visiting one of Moray’s most prestigious museum and art galleries. I named it the Anti-Invasion Gallery.

Anti-Invasion Gallery