Friday 29th March 2024

A walk from Boat o’ Brig to Craigellachie (15.8 miles).

Even last night the forecast for today was for rain but this morning it had changed completely. The forecast was for it to be dry all day with some sunshine. The morning was beautiful so Anne and I decided to do another section of the Speyside Way, from Boat o’ Brig to Craigellachie. We walked to and reached Boat o’ Brig on Monday. Today would be a long, hard walk.

We drove to the car park by the railway bridge at Boat o’ Brig and started walking at 10.55. It was a beautiful morning and even mild. I never wore gloves all day. That is the first walk for a long time without needing gloves.

The road bridge is to the left and the railway bridge to the right.

The route to Craigellachie is very indirect. It climbs to about 980 feet so it is quite an arduous walk. A short steep path takes you onto a farm track.

We did get views of the Spey today.

We passed these old deserted cottages before really climbing.

We branched up here and the track was quite muddy for a couple of miles.

We were hearing a lot of shooting as we walked up and found out why. I find an interest in guns bizarre. They are designed for killing. We were glad to get past this.

The ‘red light’ was showing.

Looking up the Spey Valley.

And down.

The muddy path, which was lovely, took us up to this excellent forest track.

Looking back down the Spey Valley. You can see all the way to the sea. We have walked all of that in sections.

The track contoured the hills. You can see here how you do huge loops which add to the distance that has to be walked. According to my Garmin Etrex 20 we reached a maximum height of 980 feet.

We stopped for lunch sitting on a fallen down tree.

Then the decent to Craigellachie began. You come down a tarred road which takes you to just outside the village passing this lovely mansion, Arndilly House.

That is Ben Rinnes with the snow on it.

You come down to this bridge crossing the River Fiddich and just across it you come onto the old railway line that is part of the Speyside Way. That takes you to a lovely park in Craigellachie. We reached it around 2.05.

We are back beside the Spey.

We added a little extra to our walk to use the public toilet.

It’s a bonny village.

The new road-bridge over the Spey.

The old Telford Bridge over the Spey. I have been here many times on my scooter. I walked out here and left Anne sitting in the park.

Then we retraced our steps back to Boat o’ Brig. We were tired, now! This is a look back to Ben Rinnes and Craigellachie.

We were going slowly.

We kept walking till we reached the turn off from the tarred road on to the forest track. Here we stopped to rest and eat a little.

I love a Barratt Nougat, almost addicted to it at the moment. We sat on two stones just behind the Ben Aigan sign.

I went off the track a little following a sign to a viewpoint which said were the best views over the Spey. It was a nice view but there were better ones along the walk. Maybe at one time it was clear of trees obstructing the view.

There was a wee picnic table and a seat at the viewpoint.

I turned back and caught up with Anne and we kept plodding on.

We got back to car at 5.20 and were jolly glad to sit and let the car do all the work.

We called in at Tesco in Buckie to get a couple of microwave ready meals and a couple of strawberry tarts for our tea. We got back to ‘Three Creeks Cottage’ and had our tea and then rushed out to the Easter Service at Portknockie ‘Church of Christ’. Our legs didn’t feel like rushing to get us to the church.

This was a brilliant walk. It is hard going but well worth the effort. I would say I enjoyed today the most of the holiday. Of course, the weather helped.

I ‘borrowed’ the map from Maximum Adventure’s website.

So now we have done

1. Buckie to PortgordonSunday 17th April 2022
2. Portgordon to SpeybayWednesday 20th April 2022
3. Speybay to FochabersSaturday 16th April 2022
4. Fochabers to Boat o’ BrigMonday 25th March 2024
5. Boat o’ Brig to Craigellachietoday

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