Tuesday 17th October 2023

A walk from Spey Bay to Fochabers with Anne (10.8 miles).

Anne and I are on a weeks holiday in Portknockie. We have finished the Moray Coastal Trail so now we are going try walking the Speyside Way in stages. We have done part of it already by walking from Buckie to Portgordon and from Portgordon to Spey Bay at Easter 2022 with Mairi. The Moray Coastal Trail overlaps with the Speyside Way for that section.

We took the car through to Spey Bay. I had downloaded a GPX track for my Garmin Etrex 20 last night. This was helpful but the route deviated from the GPX track with the Spey having altered its course and destroyed sections of the path. The signposting is very, very good.

These are taken at Spey Bay. A beautiful day.

A wee bit further on the Bin of Cullen is the hill showing.

An unusual thing for this part of the Speyside Way – a glimpse of the Spey!

Further on – definitely the Spey.

These are the posts that clearly mark the way.

We were able to get past the busy A96 by going under it. This is getting near Fochabers.

The old railway bridge is much nicer.

Nearer the village we stopped for lunch, at around 12.40. We had a beautiful vista over the Spey. I was hungry.

We came into Fochabers through wonderful gardens and a park.

We cut into the town square and picked up supplies at the COOP.

Fochabers is another pleasant Moray village.

We found a public loo and then headed back.

We pretty much retraced our steps. We stopped beside the junction that takes you to the old railway viaduct to Garmouth and had a bit more to eat. We also made a slight deviation from the marked route at Spey Bay by coming beside the estuary.

Another beautiful Moray walk. I was tired.

So now we have done

1. Buckie to PortgordonSunday 17th April 2022
2. Portgordon to SpeybayWednesday 20th April 2022
3. Speybay to Fochaberstoday

Sections 1 & 2 were done as part of the ‘Moray Coastal Trail’. The two walks overlap.