Riches at the River's Mouth
Date: Friday 14 June, 2019
Event leader: Kath Todd Rob Wallen
Price: £10Meet time: 10.15
Estimated finish time: Approx, 16.30
Difficulty: Easy PlusGroup size: 12
Distance: 6.5 miles (10km)
Please note: No dogs please. Start time changed to 10.15
Booking deadline: 0:00 Wednesday 12 June, 2019
8 places available
Riches at the River's Mouth
This will be a gentle walk, with a lot of stops and is accessible by public transport.
This is an area of great richness of industrial history. In Garmouth and Kingston we’ll track down some of the sites involved with the ship building industry; described in Jim Skelton’s book “Speybuilt” and Rob’s “Garmouth & Kingston- a brief history”. There’s the site of a ropeworks, cement works, coastal defences, stone crushing yard and a foundry to find as well as the ship yards. Part of our route will follow the lade which powered some of the sawmills.Rob will reveal some of this rich history and we’ll thread our way around some quaint little back ways, including his own back garden. We’ll hear how the richness of the Caledonian Forest was brought to the mouth of the Spey.
We’ll see where this place was part of royal history and played it’s role in the wars of the three kingdoms.
We’ll also get to see and begin to understand some of the surprising ecological richness of the mouth of the Spey and it’s remarkable shingle banks.
Our route will take us over the old railway bridge to make a circuit to the old ice house at Speybay. There we’ll be given a guided tour of the Tugnet ice house and the story of the rich salmon fishery of the Spey. There will also be an opportunity to see more of the work of the Scottish Dolphin Centre or just enjoy their cafe.
Our route back to Garmouth will give us an opportunity to enjoy the rich range of birdlife. The walk finishes at the Garmouth Hotel where there will be an opportunity to try local refreshments like Spey Roast coffee and beer from the Windswept brewery in nearby Lossiemouth.
Where to Meet - Description
Meet at the Garmouth Hotel, South Rd, Garmouth, Fochabers IV32 7LU at 10.15
You can get there on the 334 bus from Elgin which leaves Elgin bus station at 9.30. On the way back the 334 goes back to Elgin at 17.00.
Why not eat at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre cafe or take a packed lunch. This is a good time to take those binoculars.
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About the Provider
Rob Wallen has recently published “Garmouth & Kingston- a brief history” and will be able to talk about many of the sites noted in his book.
Kath Todd has had a life time interest in the natural world and will show you some of the features which make this such a unique corner of the world.
Money raised will be donated to WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre.
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