Speyside Way – Day 3 – Aberlour to Fochabers

  • June 20th, 2018

  • 23.8km | ascent 446m | descent 504m

  • Fochabers

After a quick visit to the Walker’s shortbread factory (the smell was heaven!) and now carrying an extra 500g, I finally left Aberlour to continue the Speyside Way.

Red squirrel sign

I didn’t actually see any squirrels of any colour during these three hikes in Scotland

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Speyside Way waymark

Ben Aigan

The trail skirts around Ben Aigan

Views of the River Spey from the trail around Ben Aigan

Views of the River Spey from the trail around Ben Aigan

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The one and only newt I saw

The one and only newt I saw

I took the side-trail, but I never saw the Earth Pillars...

I took the side-trail, but I never saw the Earth Pillars…

Earth Pillars

This was my view from the Earth Pillars – I’m not sure if I just didn’t walk far enough or if the trees have grown ALOT, but I never saw the Earth Pillars

This is the beautiful side-trail to see the Earth Pillars before Fochabers

This is the beautiful side-trail to see the Earth Pillars before Fochabers

A posie of flowers

A posie of flowers on a bench in Fochabers with a note, “I am a ‘lonely bouquet’. Please take me home or give to someone to enjoy. Made with love from Gordon Castle Walled Garden.” What a lovely gesture.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Gordon Castle Walled Garden… In a series of weird and wonderful events, while eating dinner at a pub in Fochabers I was warned of another storm passing through in the night with high winds. I was planning to eat then continue on before finding somewhere to camp, but after this news and a few sleepless nights already in the tent with Scotland’s strong winds, I decided to see if there was anywhere in town available. And then I met some very kind people in a pub who offered me a spare room in a cottage they had rented overlooking Gordon Castle’s walled garden. The views from every room of the stunning cottage overlooked the magnificent walled garden… I’ll never forget this night, their generosity or those views!

View of Gordon Castle Walled Garden

View of Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Speyside Way day 3, Aberlour to Fochabers

Speyside Way day 3, Aberlour to Fochabers

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