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Secrets of Spynie - A Paddle and a Plod

Date: Saturday 16 June, 2018

Event leader: Outfit Moray

Price: £30Meet time: 13.00

Estimated finish time: 17.30

Difficulty: EasyGroup size: 16

Distance (walk): 2 miles (3km)

Distance (canoe): 1.5 miles (2km)

£30

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Event Information

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

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.

About the Provider

Outfit Moray is a social enterprise based in Lossiemouth providing outdoor learning and adventure.

If you need to contact the provider of this event please use this email: jamson@uwclub.net

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This is intended as a rough indication only. Every effort has been made to make the level of activity and physical effort involved as clear as possible within the event description. If in doubt contact the event provider.

  • Easy:    A gentle activity over level easy terrain (or equivalent) lasting up to 2 hours. All ages and abilities welcome; time to stop, chat and stare.
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  • Challenging:    A range of activities with something ‘special’ that will appeal to the more experienced outdoor person. See event entry for details.

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Updated February 2018