Secrets of Spynie

The adventure (for up to 16 people) starts with an overview of the Laich of Moray followed by a journey by foot and by voyageur canoe (takes 8 people) to Spynie Palace. The journey captures 1500 years of the history of the Laich of Moray where much of the barley used in Speyside Malt Whisky is grown on the fertile area of lower Moray.

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.

Secrets of Spynie Outdoor learning and adventure Outfit Moray

The unique canoe journey follows the Spynie Canal down to the old railway bridge (2.3km) from where there is 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 up 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 then swap over for their return journey.

Difficulty/Grading of Activity: Easy/Moderate

Start Time and Duration: 1.00pm to 5.00pm (4 hours duration)

Start Point: meet at Gilston Bridge layby, Grid Ref NJ 204662 by 12.50pm ready to start at 1.00pm. The team will be there to meet you (Jim Royan, Iain Jamieson, Donald Lunan, Don Asher, Kate Asher).

End Point: Gilston Bridge lay-by

Briefing: A full safety briefing will be given at the outset prior to leaving Gilston Bridge layby. This is based on the key elements of the risk assessment for the adventure.

Please wear: Boots or sturdy walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing for the weather forecast for the day.  Please bring waterproof jacket and trousers, extra warm clothes (jersey or fleece), hat and gloves if cold weather is predicted, a day sack, something to eat and drink, sun protection, a camera to capture the adventure

Equipment: We will provide all the equipment for the canoe journey (canoe/ paddles/buoyancy aids/waterproof ‘dry’ bags).

Medical information:  Please let the group leader know if you have any medical matters that you think should be brought to their attention. Be aware of Lyme’s disease which can be caused by ticks. Shower after the event and check for ticks and remove. Further information will be provided on the day.

Price: £30 per head

Please visit our ‘Secrets of‘ page for information on our other tours, including Pluscarden Abbey.