Moray Coast

We’ve resolved to have some more holidays in Scotland so decided to spend a week on the Moray (pron Murray) coast, we found a good holiday cottage  in the village of Findochty (pron Fin-echtay). There is a coastal cycle/walking trail going right through the village and along the coast, so plenty of walking opportunities. We were easily able to find a nice walk each day.

Saturday – our drive north was very scenic, through the Cairngorm National Park  on this route

Sunday – walked from the cottage to the east along the coastal path to Cullen (home of CullenSkink) and returned via the same path, here is a map of the route – note the 3D flyover is quite zippy, but you need the GoogleEarth browser plugin to see it

Monday – visited the Baxters factory and shop near Elgin then did a forest walk at Winding Hill with views over the town of Fochabers

Tuesday – drove to Banff and parked at the harbour (free, yah) and walked along the coast to Whitehills and back – a pleasant walk without being spectacular, it was a nice sunny day and there was a handy bench seat on a grassy knoll overlooking Whitehills harbour, just perfect for a picnic – here is a map of the route – once again with 3D flyover

Wednesday – drove east from Findochty to Crovie (pron Crivvie) which is an interesting little place, from there we climbed the hill behind the village and walked across farm tracks and minor roads to get to Troup Head – the only gannet colony on mainland UK, didn’t see any puffins, but then it was so windy up on the heads that it wasn’t very comfortable and we didn’t stay long, here is the route map. After the walk we drove along to Pennan – famous for its red telephone box (film: Local Hero) and recent rock falls from above the village.

Thursday – drove over to Banff and did a forest walk through the grounds of Duff House finishing with picnic lunch on a bench next to the tee for the 18th hole of the Duff House golf course, some shots good, some bad 🙂
Here’s a map of the walk – the 3D flyovers on these are quite good!

Friday – drove east to Portsoy, a historic wee village just east of Cullen with a 17th century harbour and famous for Portsoy Marble (serpentine). From Portsoy we walked west along the coast, past some ruins of WW2 bunkers to a long sandy beach at Sandend, here we ate our picnic on the beach as the tide moved in toward us, then walked back to Portsoy along some farm tracks.
After the walk we drove back via a small picturesque village named Fordyce where we had coffee and cake in the local cafe.

Saturday – drove home via this route passing vast numbers of poly-tunnels full of berries, most of these poly-tunnels were blown down by 80mph winds the following Monday, then covered in volcanic ash from the volcano in Iceland, ruining a lot of the crop 🙁

Here are the photos from the week or as a slideshow

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