Thursday 30th March 2023

A walk with Anne from Portsoy to Sandend (5.4 miles).

Anne and I were on holiday staying at Driftwood Cottage in Portsoy. Last year on the 22nd April we completed the Moray Coastal Trail walking from Sandend to Findlater Castle and back. We walked today from Portsoy to Sandend. So we have now walked along this coast all the way from Forres to Banff!

We left Driftwood Cottage about 10.40 and headed down to the harbour. It was a lovely early Spring day with a good forecast. This is the harbour.

A little further on is this great view of the cliffs along the coast.

Looking back to Portsoy.

World War coastal defenses.

A bit further along Sandend is coming into view.

The whins are just so lovely at this time of year (gorse to the posh people!)

At this point a very strange young man invited himself to join us. He seemed to go out of his way to appear to be eccentric. He thankfully headed down by another way.

Sandend beach. We walked along the beach to reach the village itself.

Sandend. We arrived here about 11.55. We had a wee rest before heading back.

More coastal defenses.

See what I mean about the whins!

We did not return by the coast but by a more direct route heading inland via Redhythe Farm.

The photo here is looking back to Glassaugh Distillery. The strange round building is marked on the map as Glassaugh Windmill.

Redhythe Farm.

We came into Portsoy at a more modern housing estate (not so nice). This is of looking down Cullen Street and seeing Driftwood Cottage at the bottom with the turquoise door. This old part of Portsoy is a delight. The cottage was fantastic.

We reached Driftwood Cottage at about 12.50. A beautiful walk on a lovely day.