After a night at a pleasant campsite in Contin, we visited Penny & John for coffee, and then proceeded to Elgin, my old stomping ground. The place has gone downhill, and the west side of the High Street is particularly run down, but we did find the bakery where my story Black Eck at the bakery took place. That evening we ate at the Eight Acres Hotel where I had a truly disgusting burger. It was vile – ground ‘meat’ rather than minced beef – and it didn’t taste of beef.
The next day we were the only morning visitors at Spynie Palace, a very impressive Historic Scotland property situated on the road from Elgin to Lossiemouth.
You may be able to see from the information board above that when it was built, Spynie Palace was on the edge of a sea loch. The loch was drained a long time ago, as you can see below. The sea is now four miles away. When it was in its prime, Spynie Palace was a very important centre.
From Elgin we went along the coast to Buckie, where they cook the best butteries (rolls), and then Portsoy, an attractive former fishing village.
We had a coffee in the cafe down at the harbour.