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Pancakes and the Past around Clochan

Date: Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Event leader: Kath Todd

Price: £10Meet time: 09.30

Estimated finish time: 14.00

Difficulty: ModerateGroup size: 17

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 100m

Please note: Pancakes and a tea or coffee are included in the event price. We'll take a lunch break too. Not suitable for pushchairs or dogs.



Pancakes and the Past around Clochan

This walk will celebrate some of lesser-known history of Moray, and we’ll have the opportunity to see some of the best views of the Moray Firth coast. It includes ancient ecclesiastical sites, railway history and a celebration of the role of the Women’s Land Army.

We’ll meet at the old school in the hamlet of Clochan and visit the quirky garden at Sheleen then walk round country roads to see the ancient site of Saint Ninian’s churchyard and hear something of the heritage of the area. Then we’ll return to the community centre for their famous Tuesday pancake morning where we will stop for coffee and pancakes. (Pancake included in the price of the event)

When we’re refreshed, we’ll wend our way through the village, then up the hill to enjoy some spectacular views.  Our route will take us round to Saint Gregory’s Chapel at Preshome. This was the first Catholic Chapel to be built in Scotland after the restrictions of the Reformation and has a spectacular Italianate interior. Unfortunately, we can’t get in to see the interior this year, but it represents an interesting point in history. As we head back to our start point, we’ll visit the wonderful life-affirming monument to the Women’s Land Army.

The route follows country roads and tracks.

Where to Meet - Description

Meet in the car park of Clochan Community Centre, AB56 5EG. On the A98, between Fochabers and Buckie, look for a turnoff marked the B9016 For Keith. Clochan lies about a mile south on the east side of the road.

From Keith head out to follow the A96 west and turn right onto B9016. After 5.5 miles turn right. You should have the Forkins Burn at your right-hand side. Then 0.3 mi turn right again and you should see the Community Centre car park.

Where to Meet - Map

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Money raised will go to Clochan Community Centre and Preshome Chapel

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