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Secrets of Spynie - A Paddle and a Plod

Date: Sunday 23 June, 2019

Event leader: Iain Jamieson and Jim Royan

Price: £30Meet time: 13.00

Estimated finish time: 17.30

Difficulty: EasyGroup size: 14

Distance (walk): 2 miles (3km)

Distance (canoe): 1.5 miles (2km)



Secrets of Spynie - A Paddle and a Plod

This is a very special trip by canoe along the Spynie Canal and on foot following the ancient shoreline to Spynie Palace.

The journey focuses on the Story of Moray and looks back in time to when Spynie Palace was the main seaport for Elgin. We start with an overview then make a journey by foot and by voyageur canoe to Spynie Palace. The walk route is straight forward starting at the Spynie Canal (Gilston) walking over farmland and through open woodland land to the site of the old ferry point then on to Spynie Palace (2 miles/3.2km). The story of the Spynie Canal, the land and its people is told during a unique canoe journey from Gilston to the old railway bridge (1.5miles/2.3km) from where there is ½ km walk to the Palace. Groups meet up at the Palace for a guided tour, ‘ a wee secret’ stop and swap over for the return journey.


Notes:  Wear sturdy boots. Bring waterproof jacket and trousers, something to eat and drink and a day sack to carry items.
If cold weather is anticipated, wear warm clothing and bring a hat and gloves.  Bring a Camera.  All equipment for the voyageur canoe journey will be provided (buoyancy aid, paddle, dry bags).

The charge includes the fee for access to Spynie Palace

Age Limit: 16 and over

Where to Meet - Description

Meet at Gilston Bridge Layby.
Take the A941 road from Elgin centre towards Lossiemouth. At the 2nd set of traffic lights (pedestrian crossing, the Bonnie Earl Pub is on your right), turn left and follow this road for 2.6 kms (1 ½ miles) to Gilston Bridge. As you leave Elgin, the road narrows. On arrival at Gilston Bridge, park in the layby immediately on your right beyond the bridge and meet the team.
Grid Ref. NJ204662 Post Code IV30 5PT
Warning! This post code covers a wide area so your Sat Nav will not take you to the correct location. You will likely end up approx 1/4ml north of the meeting point.

Where to Meet - Map

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