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BOOK REVIEW: Much more to discover on the Moray Way

By John Davidson

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The Moray Way Companion, by Norman Thomson. Published by Birlinn, £14.99

The Moray Way Companion.
The Moray Way Companion.

This new book on the three routes that make up the Moray Way is, as the title suggests, more than just a guidebook to the trails. While it includes clear maps to sections of the routes as well as village maps, there is much more to find here.

Norman Thomson, a former teacher at Gordonstoun, moved back to the area in his retirement and helped to launch the concept of the Moray Way, linking the Speyside Way, Moray Coast Trail and Dava Way into a long-distance route of almost 100 miles.

He also co-founded the popular Moray Walking Festival, which shares this fascinating region through a series of midsummer events.

His 'companion' delves deeper into the area, looking at its history and the many visitor attractions on the routes or within a stone’s throw of them.

As you’d expect, there is information on the distilleries and old railways but also much on castles and coastal features, plus he touches on local flora and fauna, transport and even wind farms, which are becoming an increasing sight in the Moray area.

This is a book to be read on the route as well as to offer inspiration for planning a trip on the Moray Way. You can find out loads of information about the places you pass through and the features you see along the way.

A great companion guide and from somebody who knows the route and the area possibly better than anyone.

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