Today was suppose to be another easy 10 mile day to make up for our lack of a true day off. Our original plan was to walk from Lossiemouth where we stayed last night in the Stotfield Hotel and then camp again at Spey Bay Caravan Park. We got a good nights sleep we felt very rested and we didn't even stay for the breakfast at the hotel in the morning, we just got up and started walking out of town.
Our view out of the window of the Stotfield Hotel as we packed up to leave
We met a nice women just as we were leaving the hotel and asked if she knew a place to get a quick breakfast bit- she said there were several cafes open down at the wharf. We had to go that way to stay close to the sea, so we headed off to find breakfast we could carry.
A couple of sausage biscuits, and a diet coke for Vick, hit the spot just right.
Walking around to the eastern side of Lossiemouth turned out to the shopping area near the harbor, so we followed it around and had to cross a long bridge taking us out to the beach.
Vicky walking over the bridge to the beach
Again we were alone on the beach just the two of us.
Vicky along the beach
We had 7 miles to do along the beach this morning to get to Kingston before we turned inland to cross over the Spey River. However after about 2 miles of walking on sand the shoreline becomes lined with rocks (Shingles=Scottish) these were too big to walk on easily without turning an ankle
We left the beach and walked along the top of the dunes. This was a nice vantage point as most of the time we could still see the ocean but it was easier walking than on the rocky beach.
More of the larger concrete lookout points or even gun emplacements along the beach.
We came to the end of the beach and turned inland at Kingston we climbed up high on a ridge and could see Spey Bay along with a great view of the country side
Garmouth is a very quaint little town with nice narrow streets. It is the official end of the Moray Coastal Trail.
Spey Bay (below) you might be able to tell from the photo it was very windy. Right here at the mouth of the bay is the Dolphin Center an aquatic museum
We had planned to stop at the Spey Bay caravan park for the day (remember easy day, just 10 miles) Well the Spey Bay Caravan park was actually the Spey Bay golf course and caravan park. The person behind the counter at the golf shop was super nice and we bought coke and some candy bars and found a place out of the wind to have lunch.
After lunch we decided it was too early in the day to stop and we wanted to keep going to cut some miles off the next couple of days.
We would follow the Spey Side Way to Portgordan or Buckie depending on how we felt.
Upon reaching Portgordon we found a beach full of sea lions. My sea lions as it turns out.
The Craigenroan Seals.
Then it was into Buckie. Buckie is actually the end/beginning of the Spey Side Way. We had now turned what was suppose to be a short easy day of 10 miles into 15 miles and we were a bit tired.
Buckie had that same great feel of narrow streets and stone houses right on the road. It also had a thriving wharf with lots of fish related warehouses and industries. I tried to get Vicky to camp in a park right at the marker for the start/finish of the Spey Side Way. In the end it didn't feel quite right so we decided to walk through town to the caravan park on the other side of town adding 2 to 3 more miles to our day
what we found was not really esthetically what I wanted but the wind and the rain had picked up again and we were going no further today.
The Bigou Restaurant in Buckie- Highly recommended!
Our 10 mile day to rest turned into 17-ish miles still by a reasonable time of day as we had dinner done and back in our tent by 7 pm.