Stage 05: Fochabers to Buckie — Speyside Way
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November 5, 2019
The final stage takes you to the shores of the North Sea, where you might be lucky enough to glimpse dolphins playing in the Moray of Firth.
From Fochabers, the trail follows the rough course of the Spey through woodland and farmland.
Along the way, you pass St Mary’s, a small Gothic church that was built in the 1820s, and Spey Viaduct, which was built between 1883-86 and affords wonderful views over the wildlife-rich river habitat below.
You continue to follow the river to where it meets the north sea. At this spot, you find the free-entry Scottish Dolphin Centre, which is situated in a prime position to observe bottlenose dolphins, as well as a wide variety of birds, ospreys, seals, and occasional otters.
The final few miles of the route follows the sea shore east to Buckie, where this stage and the Speyside Way finish.
Buckie has a good range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.