Via Regia - In the Footsteps of the King!
Date: Tuesday 19 June, 2018
Event leader: Norman Thomson
Price: £15Meet time: 10:00
Estimated finish time: 15:00
Difficulty: Moderate PlusGroup size: 13
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
This history walk follows the route down the Ourack Valley which was created by King Alexander II in the 13th century both to strengthen royal control in the north by defeating insurgents, and also to oversee his new foundation at Pluscarden Abbey. At the half way point we leave the Via Regia to head towards Dava where a soup & sandwich/sweet lunch awaits us at the former Dava Schoolhouse. The cost of this and transport to the start point is included in the booking fee. The route throughout follows a Land Rover track which is used by Seafield Estates for grouse shooting parties in the autumn. It goes over continuous open moor and on a fine day commands excellent views over the Moray Firth to the hills beyond. There is one obstacle en route, namely a ford at the half-way point which crosses the Fiodhaig burn. This can be big when there has been a spate, otherwise conditions are straightforward underfoot.
Where to Meet
Meet at Dava Schoolhouse car park. Dava Schoolhouse is to the south of Dava Settlement, and south of the A940/A939 junction. It has been converted to a coffee lounge selling home roasted coffee beans, as well as offering bed & breakfast. Look out for the Cairngorm Leaf and Bean signs.
Grid. Ref. NJ005387 Post Code: PH26 3PU
About the Provider
The Moray Way Association is a volunteer run organisation and a registered charity. In addition to arranging this festival of outdoor events it works to promote the circular Moray Way route in particular and exploring the outdoor opportunities across Moray. All money raised from this event will be used to support future festivals.
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Updated February 2018