Secrets of Spynie
Sat, 13 June 2020 @ 13:00 - 17:15
A journey by foot and voyageur canoe which focuses on the Story of Moray and looks back in time to when Spynie Palace was the main seaport for Elgin.
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 to the site of the old ferry point then on to Spynie Palace (3.5km). You will hear an intoxicating blend of history, including the real story of Macbeth, not Shakespeare’s inaccurate version; a remarkable environmental story of how the landscape and environment of this part of Scotland has changed.
The unique canoe journey follows the Spynie Canal down to the old railway bridge (2.5km) from where there is a ½ km walk to the Palace. You will discover the story of the canal and the history of the voyageur canoe, and enjoy a gentle paddle in a sheltered environment.
The walk and canoe groups meet at Spynie Palace, which was the port of Elgin in medieval times. This will be the focal point of the ‘journey’ with a guided tour and where a ‘wee secret’ awaits. Groups swap over for the return journey.
Wear sturdy boots. Bring a waterproof jacket and trousers, something to eat and drink and a daysack 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).
Over 16's only.