|ROUND TRIP TO ROYAL CASTLE FROM
THE PAST |
17 July 2004
Today we take a
walk to Quarry Wood, to the west of Elgin, using a route which
offers enjoyable walking and a pleasant and satisfying round
From Cooper Park, carefully cross the A941 to
Lossie Green and pick up the path beside the River
Just before Haugh Road a footbridge takes you
across the river cutting out a loop.
footbridge at Mary Well recrosses the water and you walk
across the fields to Old Mills.
Follow the road from
Old Mills to reach and cross Bow Brig which dates from 1630
and is the oldest stone bridge across the Lossie.
Morriston Road and bear left, then go right up Brumley Brae to
reach Oak Wood at a sign saying "Pedestrian
Take the higher path through the wood and keep
left at a fork.
Walk south-west to a crossing where the
wood changes from mainly oak to birch. Turn right,
Cross the clearing below the power lines then
go across a forest road and carry on for about 250m to a
crossing at the edge of the wood with Laverockloch to the
right (laverock is the Scots word for a
Follow the edge of the wood uphill for about
At the top you can see Duffus Castle and east
along the coast towards Cullen.
The castle, originally
built in 1163 of timber and earthwork, was once a royal
The timber tower on the hill would have
been surrounded by a moat protecting an island of about 10
acres with a courtyard surrounded by a 15ft wall.
the view of Duffus Castle turn left along the ridge-top path
into the wood.
At a crossing stay left, reach a
clearing, then continue along a wide track.
views open up, take a left fork turning sharply back to a
turning circle for vehicles.
Pick up a small path
heading south and soon reach the main path heading back east
along the south side of the hill.
Continue along this
path and walk downhill over three path crossings.
junction near the A96 road, turn left on to a broad path and
follow this path until you reach the point where you turned
right to walk uphill earlier.
From here, retrace your
outward route to